PropTech Engagement Fund Round 2

Supporting the widespread adoption of digital citizen engagement tools and services within the planning process.

Applications to Round 2 of the PropTech Engagement Fund closed on 25 January 2022. Thank you to everyone who submitted an Expression of Interest.

We have selected 28 digital engagement projects across both individual and joint Local Planning Authorities (36 in total) that will receive a total of £3.25 million of funding.

The DLUHC PropTech Engagement Fund supports the widespread adoption of digital citizen engagement tools and services. The funded projects will enable us to better understand the barriers to be overcome to allow councils to adopt these tools at scale.

You can read more about the successful projects in this press release.

About the PropTech Engagement Fund Round 2

Our vision is to increase the use of digital engagement within the planning process. This will help make the planning system more accountable and democratic, and offer alternative routes to engage alongside traditional forms of engagement.

Scope

This round of the PropTech Engagement Fund will support projects that can demonstrate how to incentivise communities to positively engage in planning conversations through informing on the trade-offs and wider benefits of development.

The selected projects should aim to demonstrate how digital citizen engagement can:
incentivise communities to positively engage in planning conversations
engage a more representative range of citizens in decision-making
inform the community on trade-offs and outcomes through development
establish meaningful baseline data and, where possible, integrate digital and traditional engagement best practice

The fund encouraged applications that focus on how more inclusive community feedback can, and has, been used to inform the design and delivery process, to enable a culture of co-design and increase public interest and participation.

Themes

Local authorities were invited to apply to deliver a digital engagement project that addresses one of the following themes:

  • Theme 1: Masterplanning
  • Theme 2: Council-Led Development
  • Theme 3: Estate Regeneration
  • Theme 4: Community Development
  • Theme 5: Wildcard

Geographical scope

We will aim to test local authorities that are spread across a range of locations and that are representative of different contexts in England, including Urban, Rural, Two-tier, Unitary and Joint Plan areas.

How to apply

Applications to Round 2 of the PropTech Engagement Fund closed on 25 January 2022.

Key dates

15 December 2021

Expression of Interest opens

17 December 2021

Virtual launch event – register by 10am on Friday 17 December to attend.

12 January 2022

Virtual Q&A Session – register by 4pm on Tuesday 11 January to attend.

25 January 2022

Expression of Interest closes at 11:59pm.

26 January - 10 February 2022

Selection process.

11-24 February 2022

Internal approvals.

March 2022

Successful LPAs are notified.