Grants

All groups are eligible to apply for total grant funding of up to £9,000 over the three year programme from 2015-18.

When is the application deadline?

Applications for grant for 2017-18 can be submitted until 31 January 2018.

Expenditure through a grant must be completed within six months or before 31 March 2018, whichever falls soonest.

Examples of what you can use your grant for:

  • Developing a website
  • Training sessions for members of the steering group
  • Help with putting together a project plan
  • Undertaking a household survey
  • Help with developing the evidence base
  • Engaging a planning expert
  • Venue hire, publicity materials, printing and other costs associated with consultation.

Further details on what you can and can’t apply for can be found in our Guidance Notes here.

See what other Neighbourhood Planning groups case studies spent their grant money on and how they budgeted for their neighbourhood plan.

Please do not start the application process until you have read our Guidance Notes thoroughly.

Key information for Neighbourhood Planning Grants:

  • You can only apply for funds that you can spend within six months or before the end of the current financial year, whichever is the earliest
  • You can only apply for between £1,000 and £9,000: If your application is not within this range it will be automatically rejected
  • You cannot apply retrospectively for work that has already taken place
  • You cannot apply for the cost of staff or volunteer’s time, except for specialist consultants.

Modifying neighbourhood plans

Neighbourhood planning groups wishing to modify their plan after it has come into force can apply for financial support like any other neighbourhood planning group via the 2015-18 £22.5m support programme, irrespective of whether they have already claimed their full grant allocation of £9,000 (or £15,000 for a priority group).

For more detail on grants for modifying neighbourhood plans, please contact the My Community Help Centre.

Guidance Notes

Please read the Technical Support and Neighbourhood Planning Grant Guidance carefully before completing the Expression of Interest form (the first stage in the application process).

Grant and Technical Support Guidance Notes

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Complete an Expression of Interest

To establish what type of support you are eligible for, complete the Expression of Interest form by clicking on the link below and completing the online form.

Once the type of support you are eligible for is determined, you will be sent a link within 12 hours to your nominated email for you to start the online application process.

Your link to the application form will stay live for 30 days, during which time you can revisit it at any time and the inputted information will automatically save.

Lost your application link, or can’t find it in your inbox? Find out how to fix this by reading our FAQs.

Final date for applications

Applications for grant for 2017-18 can be submitted from 1 February 2017 until 31 January 2018.

Expenditure through a grant must be completed within six months or before 31 March 2018, whichever falls sooner.

Click here to complete the Expression of Interest form

Blank application form for Neighbourhood Planning Grant

The application form is also available in a Word document to assist you with the input of your answers into the online form.

Please note: This is a template for your application preparation only.

Please do not submit this form as your application – you must complete the online application form (via the link provided to your personal email).

If you submit this document as an application it will be deemed invalid.

Blank application form for Neighbourhood Planning Grant

Blank application form for Neighbourhood Planning Grant and Technical Support

The application form is also available in a Word document to assist you with the input of your answers into the online form.

Please note: This is a template for your application preparation only.

Please do not submit this form as your application – you must complete the online application form (via the link provided to your personal email).

If you submit this document as an application it will be deemed invalid.

Blank application form for Neighbourhood Planning Grant and Technical Support

Frequently asked questions

Got a question? Here are some of the most frequently asked by applicants to the Neighbourhood Planning Grants programme.

FAQs - Neighbourhood Planning