What Grant Funding is available?

You can apply for grant funding if you are preparing a neighbourhood plan or neighbourhood development order.

There are two different types of grants that you can be eligible for: 

In addition to grant funding, you can also apply for technical support in the same application.

Basic Grant Funding

All groups undertaking a neighbourhood plan or neighbourhood development order are eligible to apply for up to £10,000 in basic grant.

As well as applying for a basic grant, you can also apply for technical support (provided you meet the eligibility criteria) to help you with your neighbourhood plan or neighbourhood development order.

If you are a group and are experiencing entrenched issues or cannot reach agreement with a statutory agency (including your local planning authority) and this is preventing you from progressing, we may be able to offer you some time limited support through our delivery partners. To find out more please complete our contact us form, setting out your issues. We can then consider this and get back to you.

You must spend your grant funding by the end of the financial year. To find out more about how you can spend your grant funding, read the ‘Neighbourhood Planning Guidance Notes‘.

Eligibility for Basic Grant Funding

If you are

  • writing a neighbourhood development plan or neighbourhood development order

and

  • are based in England

you can apply to the programme for a basic grant of up to £10,000.

Any grant support you have received since 2015 will be taken into account when assessing how much grant you can apply for.

For example, if you are only eligible for Basic Grant and have already received and spent £5,000 in the 2015-2018, and £1,000 in the first year of the current programme, then you will only be able to apply for up to a further £4,000 from the current programme.

Don’t forget you can also apply for technical support in the same application form.

Apply for grant funding

Additional Grant Funding

Groups meeting the eligibility criteria are able to apply for additional grant of up to £8,000 (in addition to the basic grant). This will take the total amount of grant available to you to £18,000.

Any grant support you have received since 2015 will be taken into account when assessing how much grant you can apply for.

You will need to have submitted your end of grant monitoring on previous grant applications before you can apply to the current programme. If there is any underspend this will need to be returned to Groundwork before a new grant can be approved.

All grant funding needs to be spent by the end of the financial year. To find out more about how you can spend your additional grant funding, read the ‘Neighbourhood Planning Guidance Notes‘.

Eligibility for Additional Grant Funding

Are you at least one of the following:

  • 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
  • A designated neighbourhood forum
  • A group based in an area which has a high level of deprivation (where 30% or more of the neighbourhood area or population is in the 20% most deprived areas in England according to the Index of Multiple Deprivation)

If the answer is yes to any of the above you can apply for an additional £8,000 grant.

You are still able to apply for technical support (provided that you meet the technical support eligibility criteria) along with grant funding.

Apply for additional grant funding

Affordable Housing for Sale Grant Funding

This element of the programme ran as a pilot scheme from 2019-22 offering additional support to groups who were wishing to bring forward affordable housing for sale. This additional support is no longer available as the pilot programme has completed its three year course.