New Homes Bonus Scheme helps fund Community projects in Torridge

First larger grants awarded

Grants sign

Torridge Council's New Homes Bonus Community Grants scheme commenced on 1 April 2016 awarding funds to improve local communities by ensuring that there is a lasting legacy of positive development for Torridge into the future. This is being achieved through two funding opportunities, the first provides all 23 Wards within Torridge a sum of £10,000 with the aim of assisting or helping to develop small community projects, these are known as ward grants. Also for 2016/17 there is a "corporate" fund of approximately £200,000 which is available for Local Parishes, Town Councils, voluntary organisations and community groups to bid into for larger projects.

To date there have been 19 applications made across both of the funding opportunities, 8 of these were successful ward grant allocations to which the Council has provided around £14K in funding. The range of projects supported has varied significantly with new play park equipment, community shop refurbishments and communal defibrillators all being supported.

The Corporate pot was also very well subscribed with 9 applications scoring the required points to be taken to the Councils Community & Resources Committee. Of these applications three were granted funding at a total cost of around £76,000, the other applications were deferred to the second round of funding for consideration against forthcoming application rounds. Officers will also liaise with the applicants of deferred schemes and ward members to see if there is a means of allocating funds via adjoining ward grants, other external funding opportunities, or a mixture of both.

The successful schemes from the first round were:  

  • Holsworthy Stanhope Pavilion refurbishment

Requesting £35,000 from the community grants scheme as part of the total project costs of £385,425.

  • St.Giles on the Heath - Extension of the community shop

Requesting £25,000 from the community grants scheme as part of the total project costs of £42,000

  • Broadwoodwidger Community Hub - Development of a community hall

Requesting £15,912 from the community grants scheme as part of the total project costs of £45,000

Councillor Jane Whittaker - Leader Torridge District Council said:

"It has been a really rewarding experience to see the New Homes Bonus scheme put to such good use in supporting such a diverse range of community projects. Each in their own right will benefit the communities in which they are delivered in a very real and tangible way. I sincerely hope that now the first successful applications are being celebrated we will see many other new ideas coming forward, and would encourage groups to contact the Council via the dedicated web pages set up for applications to see how this scheme might help them realise other local community ambitions."

Further information can be found at http://www.torridge.gov.uk/communitygrants

11 July 2016