Before embarking on any on the Community Rights introduced under the Localism Bill it is essential to make sure you understand exactly what is involved.

Information and advice

A good source of information is the My Community Rights website set up by national charity, Locality. This website covers each of the Community Rights and provides case studies from around the country. Locality also provides an advice service and can provide information about grants and other financial options such as community shares.

Grants

One of the organisations with whom Locality works closely is the Social Investment Business.

The Social Investment Business runs the Community Assets and Services grants programme made available by DCLG for organisations wanting to take over the ownership or management of a local building or land of community value, or who are interested in taking over the running of a local service. For more information, visit the Social Investment Business website.

Supporting Communities in Neighbourhood Planning Programme

The DCLG has made £10.5m available to provide support and grants to help areas create Neighbourhood Plans. Two types of support are available:

  • direct support – advice and support, with an average value of equivalent to £9,500, tailored to meet the needs of supported neighbourhoods
  • grant payments – up to £7,000 per neighbourhood area, to contribute to costs incurred by the group preparing a neighbourhood plan or order

Grants must be spent before the end of 2014 and further expressions of interest open on the following dates: 1 May, 3 June and 1 July (future dates to be announced). Once the monthly applications limit is reached, the website will announce that applications for direct support have closed until the beginning of the following month.