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Two North Devon grant schemes supporting projects and services run by community or voluntary groups, and parish council environmental projects are now open for applications.

North Devon Council is offering their new Climate and Environment Grants (CEG) to eligible parish councils in the North Devon district for the first time in 2020. The scheme aims to help fund projects that have an emphasis on sustainability and countering climate change. CEG will be available to parishes with populations of less than 1,000 (as of November 2019)  towards their project for the following:

  • training costs
  • set up costs and/or promotion
  • purchase of goods or equipment
  • costs of an event(s) to raise awareness of an issue

As well as this, the council's Community Councillor Grant (CCG) scheme opens again. This year the starting budget for each North Devon district councillor is £500 to give as grants to support projects and services run by community or voluntary groups and not-for-profit organisations. Youth clubs, toddler groups, sports clubs, museums, village halls and environmental groups have all benefited from grants in the past.

Previously councillors have had £1,000 each for the CCG scheme, however this year with the current coronavirus outbreak each councillor has agreed to put half of their budget towards the Covid-19 Prompt Action Fund. This fund is being provided with Devon County Council to help fund the vital work of North Devon community and voluntary groups during the Covid-19 outbreak.

Leader of North Devon Council, Councillor David Worden, says: "Our grant schemes provide the perfect opportunity for the council to help further support our communities and parishes with the vital work that they do especially now with the difficulties faced during the coronavirus outbreak.

"The CEG is an exciting new grant giving the council the opportunity to support some of our smaller parishes with projects to help counter climate change and make a difference to the environment that perhaps they wouldn't have had the funding available for otherwise. We have £20,000 of funding available each year up to 2023 to give out as grants, I'm sure this new scheme will prove very popular during this time.

"The CCG is always popular, I encourage North Devon community and voluntary groups to apply and get that extra boost to help fund their projects and also help get their ideas for the future off the ground.  In previous years it has provided groups with new play equipment, team kits, flowers and shrubs for gardens and helped with transport costs."

More information about both grant schemes and how to apply can be found on the community grant and support pages of our website. 

Applications for a CEG will be considered by a panel of councillors twice a year - the first round in September 2020 for applications received between April and 31 August.

Applications for a CCG are invited from any not-for-profit group or organisation with a project or service located within the North Devon district or that is of significant benefit to people living in  the North Devon district. 

Further information about the Covid-19 Prompt Action Fund and details about how to apply is also available on the coronavirus community and voluntary sector support pages of  our website.