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Grant money is currently available from two schemes, which are open for applications until the end of January 2022.

Charities, voluntary and community groups and 'not-for-profit organisations are able to apply for Community Councillor Grants (CCG) which allocates each North Devon councillor £1,000 to award to projects or groups throughout the year within the North Devon district.

Youth clubs, toddler groups, sports clubs, museums, village halls and environmental groups have all benefited from grants in the past. Grants can be used to help with equipment costs, activities or just to help with day-to-day running and operation costs.

While 60% of the grant money has already been allocated, there is an amount of just under £17,000 left to allocate in grants by the end of January.

Leader of North Devon Council, Councillor David Worden says: "Since it began, our Community Councillor Grant scheme has supported local clubs and organisations with their valuable community work and has helped a variety of small projects get off the ground. There's lots of information on our website about the scheme, how to apply and a list of all the projects and organisations that have been supported. Don’t delay in getting your application submitted before the end of January."

A second scheme, the Climate and Environmental grants (CEG) scheme has £20,000 of funding available to help fund parish council projects in the North Devon Council area that have an emphasis on sustainability and countering climate change.

These projects could include “wilding” open spaces, wild flower meadows, more sustainable approaches to graveyards, renewables, carbon catchment (eg. wetland creation, rain gardens etc). Match-funding and projects that are undertaken in partnership with the local community are encouraged.

 CEGs are only available to eligible parish councils in the North Devon Council district which have a population of less than 1,000 (as of November 2019) towards their project for the following elements:

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

Lead Member for Climate Change at North Devon Council, Councillor Graham Lofthouse, says: "The CEG scheme is a great opportunity for small parishes to support projects that tackle climate change, support improvements to biodiversity and other environmental benefits. I would urge eligible projects to be brought forward as soon as possible as there are only two months left to apply for this funding."

For information about the CCG scheme, or to apply online visit the council's CCG webpage. 

It is recommended that parish councils contact the grants team on 01271 388253 to talk through their CEG application and ensure it meets the aims of the fund prior to submitting their application. For a list of eligible parishes, please visit the council's website.