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Two grants schemes to help community groups and other bodies with the development of their community building projects have been established by the Department for Communities and Local Government.

The Community Buildings Pre-Feasibility Grants Scheme aims to help local groups decide whether it is feasible to take on a community building project.

Revenue grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 are available are available to town or parish councils, neighbourhood forums, or qualifying community groups in England to assess the feasibility of a community building project before submitting a Community Right to Build Order.

The funding can be used for costs associated with assessing the viability of the project. These may include, but are not limited to:

  • Understanding the potential costs of the proposal, exploring alternatives, and sources of finance.
  • Help with putting together a project plan.
  • Training sessions for members of the management team.
  • Scoping and undertaking studies that would be needed to support a new development proposal.
  • Engaging an architect and/or other professionals to advise on the design and/or land acquisition.
  • Costs associated with public engagement and consulting on the project.
  • Publicity materials.

The Community Buildings Project Support Grants Scheme aims to help eligible organisations to move their project through the planning process to the point where they are able to submit a Community Right to Build Order, or (in the case of community-led housing projects only) a traditional planning permission application.

Grants of between £5,000 and £40,000 are available. Applicants must be able to provide a contribution of at least 10 per cent of the estimated costs of developing the proposal.

The funding can be used for, but is not limited to:

  • Engaging an architect and/or other professionals such as surveyors to carry out works needed to produce detailed plans.
  • Legal, financial or other professional input to the project.
  • Technical studies.
  • Any planning fees incurred.
  • Costs associated with public engagement and consulting on the project.

For both schemes, the funding must be spent within six months or before the end of the financial year, whichever is earliest. Applications can be made at any time.

Further information and applications details are on the My Community website

 

 

 

 

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