From today, 1st of May 2013, neighbourhoods can apply for a share of the £9.5 million earmarked by government to support neighbourhood planning.
The funding and direct support is administered by Locality.
Applications are invited in two stages.
Stage 1 – by completing an Eligibility Checker. The eligibility checker can be completed online by answering a series of simple questions. This will help Locality decide if you are eligible for a grant and/or direct support. Direct support will be expert advice tailored to the individual needs of your area.
If you are eligible Locality will email you a link to an application form within 24 hours.
Stage 2 – will be completing the application form itself.
These government grants will be one of the main ways in which parishes, town councils and neighbourhood fora pay for your neighbourhood plan – reducing the call on your own financial resources, and with a speedy turnaround helping you get your plan moving.
Neighbourhood plans are key tools in the new planning system, enabling local people to take charge of what happens in their area, and helping to determine future planning applications.
If you need help putting together your funding application or preparing your neighbourhood plan call Michael or Louise on 01282 872570. Or email.
Kirkwells are one of the countries leading independent town planning consultancies supporting communities preparing neighbourhood plans, including government frontrunners and many other areas.
Need to find out more about the grants visit the my community rights Neighbourhood Planning page.