Time running out to apply for Parishes Together cash

PUBLISHED: 11:00 24 January 2018

Councillor John Hart, leader of Devon County Council.

Councillor John Hart, leader of Devon County Council.


Deadline to apply for community funding is Thursday, February 8

Phil Twiss.Phil Twiss.

Time is running out for town and parish councils to apply for financial help with community projects.

There is still £104,300 left in the East Devon Parishes Together Fund with the cut-off date for applications for the current financial year set for Thursday, February 8.

East Devon’s town and parish councils have so far only been granted around £20,000 from
the current £124,000 pot of funding.

The Parishes Together Fund is a joint East Devon District Council and Devon County Council initiative where £1.10 per elector in each parish is put into a central pot, which parish and town councils can then apply to for funding towards community projects.

While applications to the fund have to come from town and parish councils - voluntary and community groups, schools and other organisations can put their ideas forward to their town or parish councillors for submission.

Councillor Phil Twiss, East Devon District Councillor and chairman of the fund said: “I would encourage local community groups with a project proposal to contact their local town and parish council as soon as they can to see if they can help.”

Councillor John Hart, Leader of Devon County Council, said: “Through this fund, we’re encouraging local communities to identify projects that will make a real and positive difference to their local area. It’s great to see the successful projects that have already taken place thanks to this initiative, and we hope others take advantage of the scheme.”

Some of the successful East Devon projects from April 2016 to March 2017 were:

£7,125 towards a tourism project from Seaton Town Council and Axmouth and Branscombe Parish Councils to improve tourism, including creating a tourism App for the area that residents and visitors can download on to smartphones and tablets and
find out what’s going on in the area.

All Saints and Chardstock parish councils and Axminster Town Council will receive £7,237 to provide defibrillators that the general public can access and use in the town and parishes to cover areas where there are none.

For more information on the fund visit www.eastdevon.gov.uk/grants-and-funding/parishes-together-fund

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