Neighbourhood Environment Programme


Do you have an idea for a project that would make a positive difference to the environment in the city centre?

The Neighbourhood Environment Programme (NEP) was introduced to help Neighbourhood Partnerships across the city respond to environmental issues (on City of Edinburgh Council owned land) that are identified by local people.

You can submit your ideas on this form:

Neighbourhood Environment Programme - Project Proposal Form

Projects can be submitted at any time of year, and will be discussed by the Neighbourhood Partnership Board, who will decide which projects to approve. Projects will be clearly ranked and details made available on this website.

What can NEP funding be used for?

The NEP process enables local communities to have a direct input into local projects. It has two different strands; Housing Revenue Account (HRA) NEP, and General Fund NEP which can either operate separately or as a combined fund to deliver identified projects.

Housing Revenue Account

The Neighbourhood Environment Programme projects (NEPs) are intended to be an effective way to respond to environmental issues arising, primarily but not exclusively, in the Council's housing schemes. NEPs enable local communities to have a direct input into local projects that enhance or improve the area in which they live. Housing Revenue Account (HRA) NEPs should focus mainly on the environment on Council owned assets with an emphasis on Services for Communities (SfC) assets on HRA land. Some examples of these are:

  • HRA common area assets such as bin stores areas, open space, allotments, play areas and fencing

General Fund

The General Fund NEP is drawn from a different SfC capital programme and is intended to be used CEC owned public realm assets such as carriageways, footways and other open spaces.

Who can propose a project?

Individual projects may be initially identified and referred to the local neighbourhood team by:

  • Local community groups
  • Resident or tenant groups
  • Community Council
  • Individual tenants or residents
  • Councillors and other elected members
  • Neighbourhood Partnership and/or its sub groups
  • Council officers
  • Other service providers such as the Police

The project should improve and add life or value to Council owned assets and improve the environment for those in the local area.