Neighbourhood Planning is receiving a lot of support from the government, including financial and technical support. This support is being administered on behalf of the government by Locality.
In most instances a maximum of £8000 of funding is awarded to each Neighbourhood Plan group. In our instance, we qualify for extra support because our Neighbourhood Area comprises three parishes and is a ‘complex’ area. The maximum amount of funding that we can receive is £14000.
Our first grant application, for £1500, was used print leaflets for the neighbourhood-wide leaflet drop in March, to prepare materials for the Information Day, to print the roadside banners that are now displayed around the Neighbourhood Area and to print invitations for an event that will be held at Baldwins Gate school on 13 April. We did not use up all of the grant and the remaining funds must be returned to Locality. However, at the start of the new financial year we will be able to make a new application for funding for the next stages of the work.
Our first application for technical support was approved recently. We will receive professional assistance to prepare a Housing Needs Assessment for the Neighbourhood Area. This work will start soon.