More Grants Available to Rural Community Projects

A wide variety of Grants are avaialable to Rural Communities. Here are some of them. If any Resident would like to apply for funding for a project in the Parish, we are here to assist.


Opportunities Bulletin – October 2016
Community Minibus Fund – Department for Transport
The Department for Transport has launched a second round of the Community Minibus Fund which is being administered by the Community Transport Association.  The £25 million fund has already provided funding for 350 minibuses to community transport operators across England and the second round will ensure more organisations will benefit from a new vehicle.
The total value of the second round of the Community Minibus Fund is £2 million and is open to educational organisations and community groups, including community transport operators, across England only. Please note that organisations that received an award from the first round of the Community Minibus Fund will not be eligible for the second round.
The closing date for applications is 2 December 2016. Half Fund, Join In Stay In Fund and Give More Get More Fund – Nesta/Cabinet Office
Nesta has launched three funds looking for more great people helping people ideas, specifically mobilising volunteers over 50 in the second half of their lives as follows:

  • The Second Half Fund will provide grants of up to £250,000 to support the growth of new ways of mobilising the time and talents of people aged over 50 specifically in support of: children and young people, parents and families, ageing well, creating resourceful and resilient local places.
  • Join In Stay In Fund will award grants of up to £50,000 and significant non-financial support from behavioural science experts for organisations to undertake Randomised Controlled Trials (RCTs) to understand what works best to encourage volunteers to continue to give their time regularly.
  • Give More Get More Fund will provide grants up to £100,000 to support organisations to trial gap years or intensive volunteering placements for people over 50 – approaching or in retirement.

The deadlines for submission of expressions of interest in each fund are 31, 26 and 24 October 2016 respectively.

Bright Ideas Fund – Locality
The Community Business Bright Ideas Fund aims to give your community group the support and tools to start setting up your community business. It will also give your group the early stage finance that you need to carry out consultation with local people and feasibility studies to develop a community business idea the community wants and needs. A programme of support and grants of up to £20,000 is available to develop your community business idea.
Bright Ideas is a rolling programme, open for applications until July 2018. The first round closes at the end of November 2016. There will be further rounds in February 2017, September 2017 and February 2018.

Community Shares Booster Programme – Power to Change
This is a new initiative to support and stimulate public involvement with community share offers in England, particularly in more disadvantaged areas and sectors where community businesses are under-represented. It is being delivered by Co-operatives UK and Locality, via the Community Shares Unit (CSU), funded by The Power to Change (PtC), and is taking place during 2016 with a contribution of £1 million.
The programme is intended to be an exploratory programme, in which new and innovative models for community shares can explored through working with a series of groups which receive support at all the key stages, namely: development, offer period and post-launch.
If successful your community group or business could receive a business development support grant up to £10,000 in advance of launching your community share offer. After that, your organisation could have access to up to £100,000 match funding in the form of an equity investment by Co-operatives UK when the share offer goes live.
There is no fixed deadline for applications. Applications will be assessed on a monthly basis and the Booster Programme will close once all the funds have been committed.

Spend a Penny grants – Theatres Trust
Spend a Penny, launched in August 2016, is a new scheme to enhance the theatregoing experience of female audience members by improving their restroom facilities. Theatres are invited to apply for up to £15,000 each to improve toilets for women (including unisex and gender neutral facilities).
The closing date for applications is 26 October 2016.

Inshore and Inland Lifeboat Grants – Department for Transport
Lifeboat charities across the UK are being encouraged to bid for part of a £1 million fund supporting rescue services in local communities. Shipping Minister John Hayes announced the launch of the funding on 8 September.
The grant scheme was launched by the UK government in 2014 to support charities running local lifeboat and rescue services, helping those in danger on and around inland and inshore waterways. The money can be used to buy equipment such as lifejackets, power boats and safety gear, as well as go towards training and other costs to support ongoing lifesaving efforts.
Guidance and an application form for charities to apply to the Department for Transport for inshore and inland lifeboat grant scheme grant funding are available on the website. Applications are invited until 20 October 2016.

Crowdfunding Road Safety – AXA
AXA is providing £15,000 of match funding for road safety initiatives via Crowdfunder to enable local projects to find the funding necessary to make roads safer.
As part of its RoadSafe Schools Campaign, which highlights the road safety issues that schools up and down the country face, AXA will be providing match funding for projects that aim to improve road safety for everyone.
Projects could range from raising funds for a Lollipop person for a local school, teaching children how to stay safe on our roads or even helping cyclists improve their visibility on the road. More information is available on their website.

Preventing Hate Crime community projects – Home Office
The aim of this fund is to work with affected communities to fund the development of innovative projects that:

  • prevent hate crime
  • respond to hate crime in communities
  • increase the reporting of hate crime
  • improve support for the victims of hate crime
  • build understanding of hate crime

The Home Office is seeking to fund projects at 2 levels of either £25,000 or £50,000. They have made £300,000 available to spend by 31 March 2017, with project delivery expected in June 2017. They expect to fund 6 to 8 projects, but reserve the right to vary the number of projects funded.
Applications close on 14 October 2016.

Youth Investment Fund – Big Lottery
The Youth Investment Fund will support voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) youth organisations to deliver, expand and create high quality local youth provision in targeted communities across England. Successful applicants will have funding available up until 2020, enabling organisations to invest and plan for the future.
It’s a joint programme between the Big Lottery Fund and the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) targeting six geographical clusters (West Midlands Urban, London East, Tees Valley & Sunderland, Bristol & Somerset, Eastern Counties and Liverpool City Region).
Grants of between £150,000 and £750,000 are available and the closing date for applications is 11 November 2016.

Fans Fund Small Grants Scheme – Football
The Premier League Fans Fund is a three-year commitment from the Premier League to fund projects and organisations which improve the relationship between fans and their clubs, the way football supporters engage with each other and fans’ experience of the game.
The Fans Fund Small Grants Scheme offers grants of up to £20,000 for projects that look to address the aims of the scheme which are to:

  • Improve the relationship between fans and their clubs
  • Improve the way football supporters engage with each other
  • Improve fans’ experience of the game.

Applications are accepted at any time.

Celebrating Age – Arts Council England
This fund aims to support cultural spaces and other organisations to be open, positive and welcoming places for older people and to take high quality arts and culture into places where older people will find it easier to engage. Grants are available between £50,000 and £100,000 for collaborative working, audience engagement, developing relationships, commissioning work and developing spaces – arts, cultural and otherwise.
Applicants must be working in partnership in a consortium with one lead organisation. To be eligible to apply, the lead applicant needs to be Arts Council funded, or have presented work to the public through one of the Arts Council’s programmes.
Applications must be submitted by 13 October 2016.

New Stations Fund 2 – Network Rail & Department for Transport
A £20 million fund was announced on 26 August by the Department for Transport aimed at providing better journeys for rail passengers across England and Wales.
The next round of the new stations fund will provide up to 75% of the cost for construction of new stations or to reopen previously closed stations. The funding is intended to improve access to the rail network and create new travel, employment and housing opportunities.
The deadline for bidders for this second round of funding is 25 November 2016.

Community Support Grants – Masonic Charitable Foundation
These grants are only available to charities that are registered with the Charity Commission. The charity and/or project must also be located in England and/or Wales. Charities which deliver community support can apply for either a Large Grant (over £5,000) or a Small Grant (under £5,000).
Charities that have an annual income under £500,000 are encouraged to apply for a Small Grant of £5,000 or less.  Charities with an income of over £500,000 can apply for a Large Grant or Small Grant. Applications need to meet one of more of the following aims: financial hardship; social exclusion and disadvantage; health and disability; education and employability.
The next deadline for small grant applications is 21 October 2016. For large grant applications an initial enquiry form must be submitted by 14 October.

Prince’s Countryside Fund
The Prince’s Countryside Fund provides more than £1m in grants each year to projects across the UK. The Fund has grants of up to £50,000 available for innovative projects that will provide a lasting legacy to the individuals and communities they seek to benefit.
The Fund recognises that rural communities face a range of challenges. One way in which they help grassroots organisations overcome these is through the grant programme.
The Fund seeks applications to support activity that results in a long-term positive impact on rural communities by helping the people that live and work in the countryside. The grant programme currently aims to tackle the following key rural issues:

  1. Developing thriving rural communities by improving service provision in rural areas.
  2. Transforming rural livelihoods by supporting rural enterprise and farming businesses.
  3. Creating the farmers of the future by providing training opportunities for young people and unemployed people.

The Prince’s Countryside Fund re-opened for applications on 19 September and will close on 13 October 2016.

Celebrate England – Big Lottery Fund
The Big Lottery Fund are offering grants of between £300 and £10,000 for groups to hold one off events or activities which celebrate their local community.
You could celebrate something from your community’s history or a local hero. Or maybe it’s a chance to bring people together to get to know their neighbours better.
£7.695m is now available for projects in England.
Voluntary and community organisations, schools and statutory organisations can all apply. Higher priority will be given to applications from:

  • projects which demonstrate communities coming together to celebrate and share their diverse cultures
  • projects which actively bring different generations together.

The deadline for applications is 21 October 2016, although applications are encouraged by 14 October to enable initial checking to be completed.

Heritage Project Grants – Heritage Lottery Fund
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) funds projects which focus on heritage. HLF offer a range of different grant programmes with grants from £3,000 to over £5million. In assessing applications, HLF take account of the broad range of outcomes for heritage, people and communities that projects will achieve.  HLF programmes include:

  • Kick the Dust – this programme aims to make heritage relevant to the lives of young people, aged 11-25, now and in to the future. Building on their needs and interests, HLF want to see a greater number and diversity of young people benefit from high quality engagement with heritage.  This programme is also about developing the skills and confidence of heritage sites and services to sustain their work with young people over the long-term. You can apply for between £500,000 and £1 million as a consortium of three or more organisations, including heritage and youth organisations. The deadline for initial Project Enquiry forms is 2 December 2016.
  • Resilient Heritage grants – this is a new programme. Grants of £3,000-£250,000 are available to organisations in the UK who want to build their capacity or achieve strategic change to improve the management of heritage. Grants can fund activities to help you acquire new skills or knowledge, or new models of governance, leadership and business to put your organisation in a better position for the future. Organisations in the early stages of planning their activities may also apply. Whether you’re facing challenges around income and fundraising, or preparing to take on new forms of investment, such as social investment, Resilient Heritage can support these processes.
  • Heritage Endowments – these grants are available to organisations in the UK who we are currently funding or have funded in the past. This is a match funding scheme – where the HLF grant matches every pound raised by grant recipients. You can apply for a Heritage Endowments grant of £250,000, £500,000 or £1million, to be matched £1:£1 by private donations you raise. Payments of the award will be made when evidence of the matched funding can be shown.
  • Grants for Places of Worship – historic places of worship are often at the heart of communities. Grants from £10,000–£250,000 can fund urgent structural repairs and help to make them better places for everyone to visit.
  • Parks for People – for projects related to historic parks and cemeteries in the UK. You can apply for a grant from £100,000 to £5million. Applications go through a two round process and must be submitted by either 28 February for a decision in June or by 31 August for a decision in December.
  • Heritage Enterprise – supports enterprising community organisations across the UK to rescue neglected historic buildings and sites and unlock their economic potential.  You can apply for a grant from £100,000 to £5million.
  • Sharing Heritage – for any type of project related to national, regional or local heritage in the UK.  Applications can be made for a grant from £3,000 to £10,000.  The fund is available to not-for-profit organisations or partnerships led by not-for-profit organisations wanting to explore, share and celebrate their community’s heritage.  This is a rolling programme and applications can be submitted at any time.
  • Our Heritage – for any type of project related to national, regional or local heritage in the UK. Applications can be made for a grant of more than £10,000 and up to £100,000.  HLF fund applications from not-for-profit organisations, private owners of heritage (including individuals and for-profit organisations) and partnerships.  This is a rolling programme and applications can be made at any time.
  • Heritage Grants – HLF’s open programme for any type of project related to the national, regional, or local heritage in the UK. You can apply for a grant of over £100,000. Heritage Grants applications go through a two-round process. This is so that you can apply at an early stage of planning your project and get an idea of whether you have a good chance of getting a grant before you submit your proposals in greater detail.
  • Young Roots – for projects that engage young people with heritage in the UK.  Applications can be made for a grant of more than £10,000 and up to £50,000.  Under this programme, HLF fund partnerships of heritage and youth organisations to help young people shape and deliver their own projects in safe environments.  This is a rolling programme and applications can be made at any time.
  • Townscape Heritage – helps communities regenerate deprived towns and cities across the UK by improving their built historic environment. Grants range from £100,000 to £2million. Townscape Heritage schemes aim to reverse the decline of our best-loved historic townscapes. Local, regional and national organisations work together to repair buildings in conservation areas and bring them back to life.

For information on all HLF programmes visit the website.

The Leche Trust
The Leche Trust awards grants in the following areas:

  • Historic buildings of the Georgian period or earlier;
  • Church furnishings of the Georgian period or earlier;
  • Conservation of historic collections in museums and other institutions;
  • Professional performance in theatre, music and dance.

The trustees meet three times a year to review applications, normally in February, June and October. The deadlines for receipt of applications are: 20th December for February meeting 20th April for June meeting 20th August for October meeting.

Grants for the Arts – Arts Council England
Grants of between £1000 and £100,000 are available for eligible individuals, organisations, libraries and museums for a range of activities including: Audio-visual, broadcast and transmission, buildings and infrastructure, capacity building, commissioning, digital creation, diversity and equality, education and learning, exhibition, festival, organisational development, original work, participation, performance, production, professional development, publishing, research and development, sector development, talent development and touring.
This is a rolling programme with no deadlines.

More than a Pub – Plunkett Foundation
The Community Pub Business Support Programme is a unique two year programme established to help support community ownership of pubs in England. Its value is £3.62 million and is jointly funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government and Power to Change. A comprehensive package of business development support, advice and loan and grant funding has been developed to assist community pub businesses consider their viability at all stages of their development which includes:

  • A flexible package of support including:
    • an advice line
    • Events
    • Workshops
    • peer-to-peer study visits
    • business development advice.
  • Flexible bursary awards of up to £2,500 (inclusive of VAT) to fund pre-feasibility costs such as public consultation and valuations.
  • Combined loan and grant funding up to £150,000 but not exceeding £75,000 in grant

The Discovery Foundation
In 2016, The Santander Foundation has become The Discovery Foundation.
The Discovery Foundation will provide grants to support knowledge, skills and innovation to give disadvantaged people the confidence to discover and create a new world of opportunities. The Foundation’s previous three grants schemes have been combined into a single new scheme called Discovery Grants making it simpler to apply for funding.
Discovery Grants of up to £5,000 are available to UK Registered Charities, Community Interest Companies and Credit Unions to fund local projects helping disadvantaged people.

Website grant programme – Transform Foundation
This programme can cover the upfront costs of a new charity-specific website including strategy, design, development and training. The grant will pay for the entire upfront costs of £18,000.
The Foundation will be rolling out other grant programmes later in the year, which they are currently in the process of designing.
The Website Grant is aimed at small to medium-sized charities and other not for profit organisations with a social mission (including, for example Community Interest Companies). The grant is most suitable for non-profits with an income between £400,000 and £20 million.
Applications can currently be made on a rolling basis.

Help the Homeless grants
Help The Homeless makes grants to charitable organisations with the aim of helping homeless people return to the community and enabling them to resume a normal life. Grants are available to small and medium-sized charitable organisations to fund the capital costs of projects with grants of up to £5,000. The quarterly deadlines for grant applications each year are: 15 March, 15 June, 15 September and 15 December.

European Structural and Investment Funds – Department for Communities and Local Government
A variety of funds under the European Structural and Investment Fund (ESIF) are currently available in different parts of the country. ESIF includes money from the European Social Fund (ESF), European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).
Deadlines for applications vary.  Please see the website below for more information.

Big Potential – Big Lottery Fund
Big Potential, a BIG Lottery Fund grant fund, will deliver approximately £10m of grant funding over 3 years to eligible VCSE organisations (Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise organisations) with the aim of improving the sustainability, capacity and scale of VCSE organisations in order that they may deliver greater social impact.
The programme aims to raise awareness of the social investment market and support VCSEs who want to prepare themselves for social investment.
Two application routes are available:

  • Breakthrough – specialist one to one support for VCSE organisations from Big Potential programme partners followed by a potential application for grants between £20,000 and £75,000 for more in-depth investment readiness work.
  • Advanced – for VCSEs that are clear about how social investment could work for them and need help to close possible deals with investors or need help securing a contract. Grants of between £50,000 and £150,000 are available.

Big Potential’s website can be accessed here.

Grants for the Arts Libraries Fund – Arts Council
The aim of this fund is to inspire innovative partnerships between libraries and arts organisations, and encourage library users and those living locally to take part in artistic and cultural activities.
It is hoped that this second phase of funding, which will be rolled out between April 2015 and March 2018, will once again inspire ambitious, innovative partnerships between libraries and arts organisations, and encourage library users and those living locally to take part in artistic and cultural activities.
Public libraries can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £100,000 covering activities lasting up to three years. The fund opened to applications on 1 April 2015 and will run until 31 March 2018.

The Arts Impact Fund – Arts Council
This fund aims to invest for artistic, social and financial return. The Arts Impact Fund will offer repayable finance to arts organisations working in England that can show how they are sustainable; have great artistic ambitions; and have a positive impact on society.
The Fund, created and funded by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and Nesta, supported by Arts Council England and with additional funding from Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, will offer repayable finance to arts organisations working in England that can show how they are sustainable; have great artistic ambitions; and have a positive impact on society.  It will provide repayable loan finance between £150,000 up to £600,000, and funding needs can vary. For example, an applicant may want to buy or refurbish a building or purchase equipment or need to pay salaries or buy in additional services to help the organisation generate more income, perhaps for a tour or exhibition.
There will be at least five funding rounds from April 2015 to April 2017.

Growth Programme: Grants for the Rural Economy – Defra
The European Growth Programme provides funding to help projects which create jobs and boost the economy in England. These grants are funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD). The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) manages the grants, working with Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and local partners.
From March 2015, the RPA has published ‘calls for applications’ under the Growth Programme. The calls for application invite applications for grants in specific LEP areas.   Calls for applications are currently open in a limited number of LEP areas, as part of an initial phase, before the programme opens fully. These calls will only include some of the grants listed below, depending on local priorities. The grants that are available will reflect the priorities of each local area and may include:

  • Business development
  • Business start-up
  • Renewable energy
  • Small scale tourism infrastructure
  • Tourism co-operation
  • Food processing

Community-led Buildings Grants – Locality
Any Town or Parish Council, Neighbourhood Forum or qualifying community group can apply for Pre-Feasibility grants (£1000 to £10,000) and Project Support grants (£5000 to £40,000) to help move a community-led building or community-led housing project to the point at which a Community Right to Build Order, or (in the case of community led housing projects only) a traditional planning permission application, can be submitted.  These are revenue grants which means that they do not cover the capital costs of land acquisition or actually constructing a building.

Neighbourhood Planning Grants – Locality
All groups writing a neighbourhood plan or neighbourhood development order are eligible to apply for between £1000 and £9,000 in grant. Groups facing a range of complex issues are able to apply for further support from the programme.
This support can come in two forms:

  1. Technical support provided by AECOM – there are a range of technical support packages that groups are able to apply for as and when they become needed.
  2. Groups are also be eligible to apply for a further grant of up to £6,000 giving a total grant ceiling of £15,000 in the period 2015-18.

If your group has already received £8,000 in funding and are still working on your plan, you may apply for further funding up to the maximum of £9,000 (or £15,000 for complex groups).
The current programme runs from 2015-18. You can only apply for funds that you can spend within six months or before the end of the current financial year, whichever is the earliest.

Grants for War Memorials – War Memorials Trust
War Memorials Trust administers a number of grants schemes which between them cover the whole of the UK.  Currently programme funders include the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, Historic England, Historic Scotland and War Memorials Trust. Grants are currently available up to 75% of eligible costs with a normal maximum grant of £30,000.
War Memorials Trust seeks to help all war memorial custodians, whatever the nature and size of their war memorial by facilitating repair and conservation projects.
Annual deadlines are 31 March, 30 June, 30 September and 31 December.

Rural Community Energy Fund
The Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF) supports rural communities in England to develop renewable energy projects which provide economic and social benefits to the community.  The fund will provide up to approximately £150,000 of funding for feasibility and pre-planning development work to help projects become investment ready. RCEF provides support in two stages:

  • Stage 1 provides a grant of up to approximately £20,000 to pay for an initial investigation into the feasibility of a renewable energy project.
  • Stage 2 provides an unsecured loan of up to approximately £130,000 to support planning applications and develop a robust business case to attract further investment.

The fund is being delivered on behalf of the government by the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP). Applications will be reviewed on a monthly basis and there is no set deadline for bids

Reaching Communities England – Big Lottery Fund
Reaching Communities funding is for projects that help people and communities most in need. Grants are available from £10,000, upwards and funding can last for up to 5 years. If you think you need more than £500,000 you must call Big Lottery before applying to discuss why you believe a larger project is appropriate. There is no upper limit for total project costs.  Reaching Communities can fund salaries, running costs, a contribution towards core costs and equipment.  Reaching Communities can also fund up to £100,000 for land, buildings or refurbishment capital costs.
All projects must address one or more of the following outcomes:

  • People have better chances in life, with better access to training and development to improve their life skills,
  • Stronger communities, with more active citizens, working together to tackle their problems,
  • Improved rural and urban environments, which communities are better able to access and enjoy,
  • Healthier and more active people and communities

There is a two stage application process.  After submitting a Reaching Communities Stage One application form, applicants will be told within 6 weeks whether the project is one that might be considered for funding. If successful, the applicant will be sent a Stage Two application form. Applicants will usually have four months to complete this.

Reaching Communities Buildings – Big Lottery Fund
The buildings strand of Reaching Communities provides funding for land and buildings projects costing more than £100,000. It can also provide revenue funding to help to get the building running and deliver project activities (for revenue funding or funding for a land and buildings project of less than £100,000, see Reaching Communities England).
Funding is available for building grants up to 2015 and there are currently no deadlines for applications. However, the programme is regularly reviewed and applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as they are ready.  To ensure that this funding makes the biggest difference to those most in need, it is targeted at buildings or sites based in the most deprived ‘Lower Super Output Areas’ in England.

Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund – Football Foundation
The Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund provides grants for building or refurbishing grassroots facilities, such as changing pavilions and playing surfaces for community benefit, with money provided by the Premier League, The FA and the Government (via Sport England) and delivered by the Foundation.  The Fund is available to football clubs, schools, councils and local sports associations and gives grants for projects that:

  • Improve facilities for football and other sport in local communities.
  • Sustain or increase participation amongst children and adults, regardless of background age, or ability.
  • Help children and adults to develop their physical, mental, social and moral capacities through regular participation in sport.

Grants are available for between £10,000 and £500,000.

Local government finance settlement 2017 to 2018: technical consultation – Department for Communities & Local Government consultation
This consultation seeks views on a range of technical issues concerning the 2017 to 2018 local government finance settlement. It will be of particular interest to local authority finance departments.
The consultation has 2 principal sections:

  • the distribution of central resources
  • changes to local resources

This consultation closes on 28 October 2016.

Review of Parliamentary Constituencies in England – Boundary Commission for England consultation
The Commission published on 13 September 2016 initial proposals for new constituencies in England. Members of the public can have their say by giving the Commission their views on these proposals during the 12-week consultation period following that date, either via the consultation website or in person at public hearings being held in every region.

Implementation of neighbourhood planning provisions in the Neighbourhood Planning Bill – Department for Communities & Local Government consultation
This consultation seeks views on detailed regulations to implement the neighbourhood planning provisions in the Neighbourhood Planning Bill.
The government propose that regulations would cover 3 matters:

  • the detailed procedures for modifying neighbourhood plans and Orders
  • the examination of a neighbourhood plan proposal where a neighbourhood area has been modified and a neighbourhood plan has already been made in relation to that area
  • requirement for local planning authorities to review their Statements of Community Involvement at regular intervals

This consultation closes on 19 October 2016.

Improving the use of planning conditions – Department for Communities & Local Government consultation
The government is consulting on measures in the Neighbourhood Planning Bill “to address the inappropriate use of pre-commencement planning conditions, and to prohibit the use of other types of planning conditions which do not meet the tests in the National Planning Policy Framework.”
This consultation closes on 2 November 2016.

Review of Museums in England – Department for Culture, Media & Sport consultation
The Museums Review will consider how museums and galleries across England can thrive and become even more inclusive. The Review will look at how the sector operates, the challenges it faces and the role of government-sponsored museums.
This consultation closes on 31 October 2016.

Schools that work for everyone – Department for Education consultation
The government is consulting on proposals to create more good school places. The proposals include:

  • expecting independent schools to support existing state schools, open new state schools or offer funded places to children whose families can’t afford to pay fees
  • asking universities to commit to sponsoring or setting up new schools in exchange for the ability to charge higher fees
  • allowing existing selective schools to expand and new selective schools to open, while making sure they support non-selective schools
  • allowing new faith free schools to select up to 100% of pupils based on their faith, while making sure they include pupils from different backgrounds

This consultation closes on 12 December 2016

Call for Evidence – Review of England Local Authority Environmental Regulation Fees and Charges – Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
The Government is conducting a review of Local Authority (LA) environmental permitting fees and charges for regulation of industrial plant in England. LAs regulate certain industrial facilities providing permits which set conditions to control, minimise or avoid local pollution and which set emission limits for certain activities. There are charges for granting or in certain cases for varying a permit and annual substance fees levied by LAs on permitted operators. The fees and charges levied reflect the cost of regulating activity required for the facility.
The aim of the review is to see if:

  • the level of fees and charges are set at the correct level
  • there are ways to reduce burdens for LA regulators and/or for industry
  • there are ways to streamline administrative processes within Government to reduce the burden on the tax payer.

This consultation closes on 3 November 2016.

Understanding and valuing the impacts of transport investment: wider impacts transport appraisal guidance (WebTAG) – Department for Transport consultation
To improve analysis and communication, the Department for Transport is proposing a major update and restructure of the wider economic impacts guidance that forms part of the Transport appraisal guidance (WebTAG).
This consultation closes on 22 December 2016.

Waiting and loading restrictions required for developments – Department for Transport consultation
This consultation seeks views on a draft protocol aimed at supporting the management of the process for securing Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) for minor changes to the kerbside operation of the highway to help new developments, usually waiting and loading restrictions.
This consultation closes on 28 October 2016.

Reporting and acting on Child Abuse and Neglect – Department for Education consultation
This consultation sets out the government’s wide-ranging programme of reform to provide better outcomes for vulnerable children. It seeks views on the possible introduction of one of 2 additional statutory measures:

  • a mandatory reporting duty, which would require certain practitioners or organisations to report child abuse or neglect if they knew or had reasonable cause to suspect it was taking place
  • a duty to act, which would require certain practitioners or organisations to take appropriate action in relation to child abuse or neglect if they knew or had reasonable cause to suspect it was taking place

The consultation responds to the aims set out in the Serious Crime Act 2015 and tackling child sexual exploitation report, published in March 2015.
This consultation closes on 13 October 2016.

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