Guidance and grants

Help and guidance

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council (BDBC) supports communities to produce community plans in both rural parishes and in urban areas.

The Connected Communities Team can help and guide you.

It is important to use this support so that you can tap into best practice and local experience to produce a robust and credible plan. A community development officer can lead you through the process.

In a parished area the process is usually started by the parish council. In urban areas resident groups can work with their local councillors and the Connected Communities Team to develop a plan.

Developing a community plan

We offer small grants to help community groups to develop a community plan for their area. These are a maximum of £250 for the initial stage and a maximum of £1000 for enabling projects identified in a community-led plan.

The grant window has currently closed. Grant schemes for 2021/22 are currently being reviewed.

Please read the Information for Applicants document before completing the Application Form. A template project plan is also available.

PDF document Information for Applicants - Small grants for community-led planning(PDF) [244 kb]

PDF document Project plan template(PDF) [187 kb]

Please download a copy of the application form to complete and save. Return completed form by email to with the attached supporting documents as requested in the application.

PDF document Application form - Small grants for community-led planning 2019(PDF) [791 kb]

There are five published parish plans and six urban community-led plans and more communities are developing a community plan. These can be viewed on our current community plans webpage.

If you require any further information about community planning, please contact the Connected Communities Team by email or on 01256 844844.

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