Locality budgets

Devon County Councillor locality budgets

Each County Councillor has a locality budget fund of £10,000 that they can use to respond to local needs in any financial period (April to March). Councillors can, if they wish, make grants to support projects or activities that benefit the communities they represent.

Locality budget funding adds value to projects that are beneficial to local communities, and help meet the Council’s strategic objectives as described in the Council’s Better Together 2014-2020 plan. Projects are diverse and reflect the needs of local communities. All projects should include some other financial contribution(s) and/or local support.

Any properly constituted not-for-private profit voluntary or community group (including town and parish councils) can apply to their local County Councillor for a grant from the locality budget fund.

Each Councillor will normally make their own decision on which applications they wish to support, the only exception would be where the Councillor may have a conflict of interest and the decision will have to be approved by an Officer provided that:

  1. the locality budget fund grant will be normally used within the financial period (April to March) of each year.
  2. the grant is not used to benefit individuals or private businesses

You can find details of the grants which Councillors have already made from their locality budget fund by viewing their individual profile pages.

To discuss a locality budget fund application, you should contact your local County Councillor in the first instance.

You can also view a map of each of the Council’s electoral divisions. If your County Councillor wishes to support your application, you must complete Part A of the Locality Budget application form, and ensure that the reverse side of the form is completed (Terms & Conditions) and then send it to the Councillor so that they can complete Part B.

Members of the Council will need to exercise caution in the use of their locality budgets in the period leading up to the County Council elections in May 2017 and only initiate the allocation of any monies from 2016/17 up to and including the 10 March 2017. Members may not give any undertaking of or commitment to the consideration or allocation of funds until after the elections.

Examples of projects which are unlikely to be supported by Councillors for a locality budget fund grant include:

  • paying the on-going salary costs of a person employed by a not for private profit voluntary or community group (including a town and parish council)
  • meeting the costs of an outing, trip, holiday or excursion by an individual or group of people
  • services or activities that are the responsibility of a Parish or Town Council (precept)
  •  political activities
  • projects where the sole or majority beneficiaries are animals (i.e. animal charities, animal   rescue, animal therapy).

If your project or activity is eligible for locality budget funding, the Council will, after payment*, request feedback about the benefits achieved and ask for confirmation that the whole payment has been used for the agreed purpose. The Council’s Media and PR service will be interested in local publicity about projects and activities that are supported with locality budget funding. They can be contacted by email at media@devon.gov.uk or telephone 01392 382173.

* Payment will normally be made direct to the organisations immediately but in some cases (e.g. maintained schools or organisations where banking arrangements are hosted by the County Council) the funds may be transferred at a later date.  In these circumstances the school/organisation may nonetheless proceed to use the grant which will be offset against their budgets