Before you apply for grant funding and/or technical support it is essential that you read our Neighbourhood Planning Grant & Technical Support Guidance Notes to help you through the process.
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.
Please note that the eligibility criteria is different than for previous programmes and it is essential that you check what support you are eligible to apply for.
How to apply for Grant Funding and/or Technical Support
Step one: Read our Guidance Notes for applicants
This will help you understand what you need to do to complete the process.
Once you’ve completed and submitted your Expression of Interest (EOI), a link to a personalised application will be sent to your email address within one working day. Please check your spam or junk mail if you have not received it.
Step three: Complete your application form
After submitting your EOI, you will receive a link to a personalised application form by email. Please complete your application form and submit it to Locality within 15 days for your application to be considered. If you do not submit your application within 15 days, your link will expire and you will lose any progress that you have made on your application form.
If you have applied for Neighbourhood Planning support from us before, you will note that you may have had up to 30 days to complete your application. Please note that as of 31st May this is no longer the case and you must complete your application within 15 days of receiving it. We have made this change to speed up the application process and to help give you a decision much more quickly, so you can start receiving support as soon as possible.
Once an uncompleted application expires after 15 days we are unable to retrieve it, so please keep a record of all your responses. If your application does expire, you will need to complete another expression of interest, which will only take a few minutes. You will then be sent a link to a new application form.
To help you prepare your application questions in advance, you can download a blank copy of the application form in PDF, or as a word document below.
Please note this is not your actual application form and you cannot submit this. This is to help you prepare answers to your questions in advance of submitting your actual application form.
There are three benefits to preparing your answers in this Word document: it prevents loss of data if you cannot submit within the 15 days; if the grant assessor has any questions once you have submitted, you can refer back to this; and it makes subsequent applications easier.
Step four: Assessing your application
If you are applying for grant funding only we will assess your grant within 15 working days of receiving all the information we need to assess the application.
If you are applying for technical support you will be contacted by phone or email to arrange a diagnostic session to assess your support needs. All applications for technical support are presented to MHCLG to make a decision.
If you your application has been successful, you will receive an email to let you know. This will include information on next steps so that you can start receiving your support.