Groups undertaking a neighbourhood plan or neighbourhood development order are eligible to apply for grants through the Neighbourhood Planning grant scheme.
The scheme provides three types of grants.
Basic grant funding of up to £9,000 to undertake a neighbourhood plan;
Groups meeting the eligibility criteria are able to apply for additional grant of up to £8,000 (in addition to the basic grant). Groups are eligible to apply for the additional funding if they meet one of the following criteria:
- Allocating sites for housing
- Including design codes in your plan
- A designated business neighbourhood plan
- A cluster of three or more parishes writing a single plan
- A Neighbourhood Area with a population of over 25,000
Grants of up to £10,000 for groups that wish to evaluate the case for bringing forward affordable housing for sale by undertaking housing needs assessments and other relevant studies.
In addition, the scheme includes professional support and advice on technical or process issues. All grant funding must be spent within 12 months of the offer of funding. This is a rolling programme and applications can be submitted at any time.
Applications for grant for 2019-2020 can be submitted until 5pm on 31 January 2020. This means the last date for completing an Expression of Interest form for a grant application is 5pm on 30 January 2020 (applicants will still need to complete their application form by 5pm on the 31 January 2020). Expenditure through a grant must be completed on or before 31 March 2020.