Support & Grants

Grants and support are available to help you through the neighbourhood planning process or to prepare a neighbourhood development order.

There are two types of support available: Grants and Technical Support.

 

Neighbourhood Planning Grants

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

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.

How to: Grant application process video

For detailed guidance on Neighbourhood Planning Grants, read our Guidance Notes below.

Download: Neighbourhood Planning Grants and Technical Support Guidance Notes

Technical Support

Additional funding for complex issues

Groups facing a range of complex issues are able to apply for further support from the programme. This support can come in two forms:

  • Technical Support provided by AECOM – there are a range of technical support packages that groups are able to apply for as and when they become needed
  • Groups are also eligible to apply for further grant of up to £6,000 giving a total grant ceiling of £15,000 in the period 2015-18.

Technical Support is available for groups facing more complex issues developing their neighbourhood plan.

Our partner, AECOM offers independent advice on technical or process issues. It is designed to provide you with information (evidence) and advice (professional judgement) which will help you to:

  • decide your priorities and direction
  • to draft policy
  • avoid legal challenges
  • engage confidently with stakeholders such as developers, councils, local businesses and of course residents, who will have a vote at the end of it all.

Our consultants will work alongside you with a clearly defined brief, helping you to produce documents like design guide, a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA), evidence review or site assessment. The more substantial pieces of work will last between a few weeks to several months depending on the complexity of your situation.

The team at AECOM are particularly keen to help ambitious groups, from all types of neighbourhoods, who want to really influence how their place grows and changes going into the future.

How to: Technical support video

Find out about eligibility, packages for complex or priority groups, applying, various different technical support packages and more.

For detailed guidance on Neighbourhood Planning Grants, read our Guidance Notes below.

Download: Neighbourhood Planning Grants and Technical Support Guidance Notes