Community funding

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3. Rural Aid

The Rural Aid fund is for the enhancement of community life; it is intended to support projects which:

  • improve access to services
  • develop and refurbish local community facilities and amenities
  • address rural sustainability issues
  • improve the health and wellbeing of the local community
  • meet the needs of minority and vulnerable groups
  • enhance strong local community support and involvement

Parish and town councils can each submit one funding application per year for up to £5000.

Towns and parishes within Dartmoor National Park are not eligible for Rural Aid, and should apply to the Dartmoor Communities Fund.

Applications cannot relate to the following forms of expenditure:

  • the purchase of any moveable item (eg. vehicles or computer equipment)
  • continued or ongoing revenue costs (eg. salaries or rental costs)
  • funding for statutory functions or responsibilities of public bodies (eg. park/play area maintenance)
  • projects which do not give public access (eg. projects on school properties or religious buildings)
  • projects which have links to any political party

To request grants for works already completed, please complete and submit a grant claim form.

For more information about the projects that can be supported by rural aid funding, see the list of grants approved in 2018. Further information is also available in the terms of reference.

Rural Aid 2018 fund is currently closed for applications. Applications for 2019 open on Friday 5th April.