NSIP Innovation and Capacity Fund Round 2

Closed 29 Aug 2023

Opened 25 Jul 2023


We are launching a second round of our Innovation and Capacity Fund to support and enhance the ability of local authorities to engage in the Development Consent Order process for Nationally Significant Infrastructure Planning projects.

The aim of this fund is to explore if and how using resources more efficiently or supplying additional resources for key users of the regime can further improve our intended outcomes through provision of expertise or innovative work. This application constitutes an opportunity for local authorities (LAs) to apply for funding up to £100,000.00 (or £350,000.00 for projects relating to transport NSIPs) to support them in dealing with NSIP applications to address the issues and challenges they face as key users of the system.

Please refer to the application guidance for further information. 

What happens next

Expected timeline: 

  • 25 July: Launch of applications
  • 29 August: Application period closes
  • 30 August - 1 September: Shortlisting
  • Early September: Provisional interview/presentation dates
  • 4-15 September: Bid selection
  • 18-22 September: Grant funding offer to selected LA(s) as well as Memorandum of Understanding
  • 25-29 September: Acceptance of Grant funding offer and Memorandum of Understanding from LA(s)