November 2017

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Published on 9 November 2017

Communities putting funds to good use

Community groups are being reminded that funds are available to help kick-start projects that benefit local people.

Devon County Council and Devon’s District, Borough and City Councils, made £661,086 available this year for projects that ‘enhance and make a difference to communities.’

The Town and Parish Fund, known also by other titles, is administered by District, Borough and City Councils, and is allocated to each according to the numbers of people on their electoral role. Devon County Council puts in £1 and City, Borough and District Councils 10p per electorate.

In Teignbridge, Shaldon now has much needed changing facilities for local league football teams; Tedburn St Mary and Ide have been able to upgrade their children’s play areas; the community of Exminster has been able to buy IT equipment for the village hall and Abbotskerswell is about to embark on some digital training, providing opportunities for older people to maintain their independence and for young people to have better skills for future life.

Teignbridge District Council’s Executive Portfolio Holder for Communities Cllr John Goodey said:

“There’s so many great examples of where funding has made a real difference helping to bring to fruition local projects, or helping to revitalise existing community groups and organisations. Councillors are keen to help their towns and parishes get access to the funding streams available that bring new ideas to life and contribute to stronger communities. I’d encourage groups to contact their local District or city councillor to talk it through – we’re keen to help where we are able.”

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. Find out more about our Community Funding