The Department for Communities and Local Government has announced that the next funding round for the Neighbourhood Planning grants scheme will open on the 1st April 2014.
The Neighbourhood Planning scheme supports groups developing neighbourhood plans in two ways. These are direct support - advice and support, tailored to meet the needs of supported neighbourhoods; and grant payments of up to £7,000 per neighbourhood area, to contribute to costs incurred by the group preparing a neighbourhood plan or order.
Support is available to town and parish councils, neighbourhood forums and emerging neighbourhood forums preparing a Neighbourhood Development Plan. The Department is particularly keen to support groups that are under represented on the programme for example neighbourhood forums and areas that rank highly in the indicators of deprivation.
The first stage of the application process is to complete the eligibility checker to find out if your group is eligible for direct and/or grant support. Successful applicants will be invited to complete a full application form. Read more at: http://mycommunityrights.org.uk/neighbourhood-planning/