Commmunities Together Funding

Posted on: 22 May 2018

Once again North Devon Council and Devon County Council have teamed up to make over £82,000 cash available to help kick-start projects which will benefit local communities.

A new financial year not only means that £82,609 of new funding is on offer, but the fund also has a new name – the Communities Together Fund.

The new name is in recognition that the fund, formerly called the Town and Parishes (TAP) Fund, has now been revised and will be open to local groups and community organisations in October 2018 to apply, as well as parish and town councils who can apply for the funding from 21 May 2018.

Each of Devon’s eight areas has a separate pot of cash available, the amount is dependent on the number of people on each district’s electoral roll, Devon County Council contributes £1 for each elector and North Devon District Council contributes 10p per elector.

Funding is available to ‘kick-start’ local projects and to encourage local action for projects and services that will make a real difference at community level. Funding can be sought for capital and revenue projects that will benefit residents of at least two parishes, and meet identified community needs.

Applications which show that town and parish councils and voluntary and community groups are working together to trial solutions to local issues, empower communities and enable community resilience are welcomed. Projects that develop community self-help within an area will be particularly supported.

Voluntary groups, communities, organisations and town and parish councils are encouraged to jointly apply for funding for projects that will benefit more than one community.

For instance, last year Vista Wellbeing CIC in North Devon received £4,392.50 to start up a program providing tailored health and wellbeing programmes to people living with, or at risk of developing, long term health conditions.

Leader of Devon County Council, Councillor John Hart said: “If a community or voluntary group has an idea which will benefit and make a positive difference to their area we’d like to hear about it. So many communities have benefited from a variety of successful projects that were possible because of this fund and we hope groups will come together and take advantage of the scheme to enhance their community.”

Leader of North Devon Council, Councillor Des Brailey said: “It’s great that through schemes such as the Communities Together fund, we can provide support to local projects and groups across the district to help with the valuable work that they do within our communities. Funding opportunities like this really shouldn’t be missed, so on behalf of all our District councillors, I encourage local groups to find out more information about the fund, and other grants that are available, on our website.”

For more information about applying for the fund, contact grants@northdevon.gov.uk, call 01271 388253 or visit our website.

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