Neighbourhood Planning Grants and Support Programme – Final Year

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The Neighbourhood Planning Grants and Support Programme has entered its final year of funding and will be accepting applications until 31 January 2018.

The Department for Communities and Local Development’s £22.5 million Neighbourhood Planning Grants and Support Programme (2015-2018) aims to support local communities that are drawing up a neighbourhood plan for their area.

This is the last year of the funding programme, and Locality, which is delivering the programme, has announced that applications can be made from now until 31 January 2018. It has also announced that expenditure through a grant must be completed within six months or before 31 March 2018, whichever falls sooner.

Town and parish councils, neighbourhood forums and prospective neighbourhood forums preparing a neighbourhood development plan or neighbourhood development order in England may apply as long as they are based in England.

The programme is particularly keen to help ambitious groups, from all types of neighbourhood, who want to really influence how their place grows and changes going into the future.

Locality has announced the following two updates:

  • Modifying the plan after it has come into force:
    • Groups can now apply for funding to modify their plan, irrespective of whether they have already claimed their full grant allocation of £9,000 (or £15,000 for a priority group).
  • Groups undertaking site assessments and housing site allocations:
    • Groups who are undertaking a site assessment for a site allocation, OR groups who are allocating sites for housing or mixed development can now be considered complex – allowing them to apply for additional support for complex groups (technical support and grants of up to £15,000).

The funding can be used for a number of different things, including to develop a website, put together a project plan, undertake a local survey, develop evidence base, or hire a planning expert.

Applications will be accepted until the final deadline of 31 January 2018.

Further details can be found here

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