How to apply

Applications for this second round are now closed.


Grants & Support Available

The CED programme will offer the following grants & support to selected communities, to help them produce a well-supported, dynamic and deliverable local economic plan:

A Flexible Grant

A grant of up to £5,000 will be available to support the further development of your plan. This grant can be used to fund various activities including further consultation within your community, accessing professional support to develop technical aspects of the plan, or support to produce the plan.

Tailored Support

A Dedicated Adviser

All communities will be allocated an experienced advisor who will act as the main point of contact, providing guidance and support through each stage of the programme. With your adviser, you will be able to:

  • Work with you to build initial support for your community’s involvement, pulling together a local leadership team of representatives from the community, local businesses and the public sector.
  • Deliver a full-day workshop to explore possibilities, identify priorities and potential activities that will form the basis of your plan. This workshop will also help to identify further support you may wish to access and how your grant could be used to help develop your initial ideas.
  • Help you configure and submit your grant and technical support applications based on the outcome of the workshop.
  • You will continue receiving support from your advisor over the course of the programme, including reviews of your draft and final CED plans.

Technical Support

In combination with the grant, the programme partners can provide four days of additional specialist technical assistance to each community, to help them write their plan.

Your adviser will help you determine what technical support you will receive through the CED programme. Based on the wide variety of delivery partners involved in the programme, we will be able to provide a wide range of technical support, from business planning to facilitation support. There are no specific restrictions as to the technical support that groups can apply for, as long as it can be shown to advance their CED plan.