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 Government has allocated over £23 million between 2018 - 2022 to support the development of neighbourhood plans or neighbourhood development orders.

Two forms of support are available:

  • Grants of between £1,000 and £9,000 for groups writing a neighbourhood plan or neighbourhood development order. The additional funding can be used to fund the completion of their neighbourhood plan.
  • Specific packages of technical support where needed, and a further £6,000 in grants, for groups facing more complex issues.

There is a total grant ceiling of £15,000 in the period 2015 - 2018.

Due to Government restrictions on this fund all grants must be spent within the financial year they are awarded.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is providing more than £23 million between 2018 - 2022 to support the development of neighbourhood plans or neighbourhood development orders. This follows on from the Department for Communities and Local Development (DCLG)'s £22.5 million Neighbourhood Planning Grants and Support Programme (2015-2018) and the Government's £9.5 million Supporting Communities in Neighbourhood Planning programme (2013-2015).

The programme aims to support local communities that are drawing up a neighbourhood plan for their area. Neighbourhood planning was introduced in England by the Localism Act 2011 to give people a chance to decide how their local area should be developed and what should be built in the future. Groups will be able to determine where they want new homes, shops and offices to be built and have a say on what new buildings should look like.

The programme offers both funding in the form of a grant as well as technical support for those with more complex issues.

The programme is delivered by Locality, a national network of community-led organisations, who will also be assessing applications

Further information on the grant and how to apply