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One Public Estate: Brownfield Land Release Fund (BLRF2) Round 2 – how to apply

Round Two funding is closed for applications.

All individual council funding applications should be coordinated by the OPE partnership for that area and submitted by the accountable body for the partnership. We welcome concise, clearly structured and well-referenced proposals. Please complete the application template, basic details form and technical annex fully, alongside any other essential supporting documents. 

The funding criteria has changed from previous rounds of Brownfield Land Release Funding and Land Release Funding. Make sure you read all the documents and FAQs carefully before applying. The fund details, technical annex and application form should be read as a whole to understand the information and evidence necessary to support a successful application. 

For further advice and guidance on how to structure your application, please contact your regional programme managers.

Applications received either in part or full after the deadline of the current round will be kept on file and considered at the following round.

Funding criteria

For any OPE Partnership application to be considered, the evaluation process will follow three stages:

  1. Eligibility criteria (pass/fail)
  2. Gateway criteria (pass/fail)
    Applications must ‘pass’ stages 1 and 2 to move onto stage 3 of the assessment
  3. Project prioritisation criteria

Further guidance can be found in the fund details, FAQs and in the downloadable documents below.

Downloadable documents

If you have any issues opening any of the documents above please email [email protected]


The fund is open for three years (2022 - 2025) with at least three rounds during that time. An illustrative timeline can be found in the fund details.

The application timetable for BLRF2 Round 2 is as follows:

BLRF2 Round 2 open for applications 18 January 2023

Final deadline for applications 23:59 31 March 2023

Decision on final applications and announcement of funding awards Summer 2023

If successful, applicants will receive funding offers and will be required to sign a grant funding agreement detailing the funding award and delivery arrangements for funded projects.

Further guidance and support on applications is available from your OPE regional programme managers.