Grants and technical support are available for town and parish councils, neighbourhood forums and prospective neighbourhood forums to draw up a neighbourhood plan or neighbourhood development order in England.
The following support is available:
- A basic grant of between £1,000 and £10,000 for groups writing a neighbourhood plan or neighbourhood development order.
- An additional grant of up to £8,000 is available for groups facing more complex issues, giving a maximum total amount of £18,000.
There is a two step application process:
- The first step is to complete an Expression of Interest (EoI).
- Once this is done, groups will now be automatically directed to the application form which they will be able to begin completing immediately. Unlike previous years, groups will no longer receive an application form link overnight and they now have 30 days to complete the application (previously it was 15 days).