Cambridgeshire CC and Norwich City Council will share an£800,000 pot from the government and the European Regional Development Fund with four other schemes.
Cambridgeshire was given£150,000 to help fund Flows, a programme which aims to improve the sustainability of development in areas at risk from flooding.
Liveable City, a city centre management initiative led by Norwich City Council, was also handed a£150,000 grant.
Regeneration minister Tony McNulty said: 'This will have a real impact on people's lives. Planning needs to get a lot smarter to meet the highly complex challenges faced by communities today.'