What Grant Funding is available?
You can apply for up to two types of grant funding:
In addition to grant funding, you can also apply for technical support in the same application.
Please note that the final date for applications to be submitted prior to Christmas is Friday 21 December. Decisions on any applications received after 5PM on Friday 14 December will be made in January 2019, and you should not commit to any expenditure prior to receiving a grant offer.
The Locality offices are closed between Christmas and New Year, and any applications completed during this time will be received by Locality on Wednesday 2 January and will then be allocated for assessment in line with the Guidance Notes.
Basic Grant Funding
All groups undertaking a neighbourhood plan or neighbourhood development order are eligible to apply for up to £9,000 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 within 12 months or by the end of the financial year, whichever is earliest. 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
- are based in England
you can apply to the programme for a basic grant of up to £9,000.
Any grant support you have received in the 2015-2018 programme 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 programme then you will only be able to apply for up to £4,000 from the new programme.
Don’t forget you can also apply for technical support in the same application form.
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).
If you received a grant from the 2015-18 the amount of this grant (net of any underspends returned) will be taken in to account when deciding what further amount of 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 new programme.
All grant funding needs to be spent within 12 months or by the end of the financial year, whichever is the earliest. 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
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.