PropTech Engagement Fund Round 2

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

Applications to this round of the PropTech Engagement Fund are now open and will close on 25 January 2022 at 11:59pm.

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.

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.

About the PropTech Engagement Fund Round 2

The Expression of Interest will be open for 6 weeks from 15 December 2021 until 25 January 2022.

In this round of funding we intend to award up to 10 digital engagement projects that address one of the five themes outlined below.

We welcome both individual and joint applications from Local Planning Authorities (LPAs). Individual LPAs can apply for up to £125,000 of funding, while joint LPA projects can apply for up to £300,000 of funding.

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 will 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

We encourage 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 are 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

Please read the full Expression of Interest guidance before submitting your application.

When you’re ready to apply, complete the application form and email it to DigitalPlanningTeam@communities.gov.uk by 11:59pm on 25 January 2022. Please use the subject line ‘Application to PropTech Engagement Fund Round 2’.

These files may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. To request an accessible format, please email DigitalPlanningTeam@communities.gov.uk.

Ask us a question

There will be a live launch event for local authorities on 17 December 2021 at 11am. Registration is open until 10am on the day of the event. Register for the launch event.

We will also be hosting a live Q&A session on Wednesday 12 January at 11am. Register to attend the Q&A session by 4pm on 11 January.

You can also email any fund queries to DigitalPlanningTeam@communities.gov.uk.

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. Successful LPAs are notified.