Council cash boost for local charities

Posted on: 25 January 2018

Three local organisations are to benefit from a cash injection, thanks to their applications for funding from the Town and Parish (TAP) Fund, which were approved on Monday 8 January at the meeting of the North Devon Council’s Executive.

The Executive considered applications to the ‘Strategic’ TAP fund. This was created from the underspend of the fund from the previous financial year.  This funding has additional criteria to the standard TAP fund.  It includes the provision that applications must be for projects which will benefit the residents of a larger geographical area.

North Devon Council works with Devon County Council to allocate money from the TAP fund. Funding can be sought for capital and revenue projects that will benefit residents of at least two parishes, and meet identified community needs. The councils make available £1.10p per electorate, of which £1 is given by Devon County Council and 10p from North Devon Council.

The organisations benefiting from the Strategic TAP Fund are:

  1. Over and Above, the North Devon cancer and wellbeing centre, will receive £2,155.20 towards two new counselling couches.
  2. Headway North Devon, which supports people with brain injuries, will receive £1,160 to help with funding their room hire charges
  3. 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 £4392.50 towards its start up costs.

Applications to the standard TAP fund are still welcome.  The fund closes on 28th February 2018 and funds are awarded on a first-come, first served basis so it is recommended that any applications are submitted as soon as possible.

Executive Member responsible for leisure and culture at North Devon Council, Councillor Dick Jones, says: “It’s great that through schemes such as the TAP fund we can support local projects and groups across the district to help them in the valuable work that they do for our communities. If you have a charity that you think might benefit from TAP funding, information about the fund and other grants that are available, is on our website.”

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 town or village. We’re particularly keen to see applications that support new projects that will benefit whole communities.”

For more information about the TAP fund contact North Devon Council on 01271 388253, email grants@northdevon.gov.uk or visit the website www.northdevon.gov.uk/grants to either download an application form or apply online.

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