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Financial support to make DMMO applications


There are unavoidable costs involved in researching and submitting a Definitive Map Modification Order (DMMO) application. 

These could include travel costs visiting the route that you wish to record, going to and from your local County records Office and the National Archive in London, photography fees, Land Registry search charges and copying and postage amongst others. Since 2018, with generous support from Sport England through British Equestrian and matched by the BHS’s own funding, we have been able to offer a grant of £100 towards your expenses for each eligible application that you submit to a local authority and is accepted on their statutory register of DMMO Applications.

Current Sport England Funding is due to end on 31 March 2022

Our current funding from Sport England runs until 31 March 2022. 

Discussions with British Equestrian & Sport England continue, and we are still hopeful that funding will be provided to extend the project.  However, until a new agreement is in place we cannot guarantee that we will be able to continue to offer the £100 grant to volunteers for applications made after 31 March 2022.

What to do now

Everyone who has applications in preparation should make a real push over the next few weeks to get as many of them submitted as possible before the end of March 2022. 

All applications that have been submitted to your local authority on or before 31 March 2022, so long as they meet the usual criteria below and are added to the statutory register, will be eligible for the payment.

Eligibility for the £100 award

With regards to the £100 award, we can include all applications that were submitted on or before 31 March 2022. Applications must have been received by the authority on or before that date - so long as they meet the usual eligibility criteria and are added to the statutory register. 

We recognise that there is a delay between submitting an application and the authority providing a registration number for it and there will be a grace period to allow for this. 

We would ask is that as soon as possible after 1 April 2022 and by Thursday 14 April 2022 at the latest, people send in the relevant paperwork - the normal Project 2026 DMMO Record of Application form & copies of applications etc where necessary - noting that the registration details are still to come. We can then add these provisionally to the Project list and keep track of what is still outstanding.

Key Dates

  • 31 March 2022 – Final date for applications to be received by County Council or Unitary Authority
  • 14 April 2022 – Final date for Project 2026 DMMO Record of Application form to be sent to BHS
  • TBC – Deadline for receipt of registration details from Council re applications previously submitted

We will update on developments with regards to future funding of the project.

Due to funding conditions, the grant is available in England only, and for applications made on or after 1 January 2018 and on or before 31 March 2022. The grant is available to anyone, you do not have to be a BHS member.


Record of Application Form

To apply for the grant, your application must meet the criteria summarised below and you need to complete and return the Record of Application form.


  • The application must be for the addition of a bridleway, restricted byway or byway open to all traffic or for the upgrade of an existing footpath or bridleway.
  • The route applied for must meet a highway of equivalent or higher status at at least one end.
  • Applications must follow the methodology described in “Rights of Way: Restoring the Record” and normally score a minimum of 7 stars.
  • Wholly prescriptive applications - those relying on user evidence only - will not be eligible.
  • Applications must be accepted by the relevant surveying authority (generally your County or Unitary Council), be added to their register of such applications and have a reference number issued.
  • Payment will not be made more than once if a route is artificially split into several separate applications unless there are good reasons for applying in that form.

The payment is intended to cover genuine expenses only. Applicants are advised to keep and retain a record of their expenses including travel, mileage (@£0.45/mile), photography and copying charges, land registry fees, etc. should this ever be required by HMRC.




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