Towns and Parishes Together fund benefits Devon communities
Posted on: 16 January 2018
If you’ve got a good idea for a project, something that’ll really benefit people in your community, but it needs start-up funding to get going, don’t forget that we and Devon’s district councils have funding available for projects that ‘enhance and make a difference to communities.’
This year, we’ve collectively made available £661,086. The fund is administered by Devon’s district, borough and city councils, and is allocated to each according to the number of people on their electoral roll.
Devon County Council puts in £1 and city, borough and district councils 10p per elector.
North Devon Council has just approved applications for Town and Parish funding for three charities, totalling £7,707. These are:
- Over and Above, the North Devon Cancer and Wellbeing centre. £2,155.20 will help pay for two new counselling couches.
- Headway North Devon, which supports people with brain injuries, will receive £1,160 to help with funding their room hire charges.
- Vista Wellbeing CIC, which provides tailored health and wellbeing programmes to people living with, or at risk of developing, long term health conditions, will receive £4,392.50, towards its start-up costs.
The deadline for East Devon applications for this year’s pot is 8 February. They’ve given around £20,000 to local projects this year, but more funding is available and they are inviting applications for worthy community projects. East Devon projects that are benefiting from the funding include:
- £3,290 to pay for educational signs along country walks in the parishes of Otterton and Woodbury.
- £2,893 to help pay for the creation of a lit community heli-pad for night landings of the Devon Air Ambulance to serve the parishes of Broadclyst, Clyst Honiton, Cranbrook and Poltimore.
- £7,237 to All Saints and Chardstock Parish Council and Axminster Town Council to provide defibrillators for use by the general public.
Leader of Devon County Council, Councillor John Hart says:
“Through this fund, we’re encouraging local communities to identify projects that will make a real and positive difference to their local area. It’s great to see the successful projects that have already taken place thanks to this initiative, and we hope others take advantage of the scheme.’
The councils recently reviewed the criteria and want to encourage even more collaboration between communities, be they projects led by voluntary and community groups, or town and parish councils.
For more information about the fund, whether applying this financial year or next, contact your local district, city or borough council, which administers the Fund for your area:Community