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Community Grant Scheme 2017-18

DUE TO DEMAND EXCEEDING THE FUNDS AVAILABLE, THE NEW HOMES BONUS SCHEME IS NOW CLOSED TO APPLICATIONS FOR THIS FINANCIAL YEAR.

THE SCHEME WILL RE-OPEN ON APRIL 1 2018.  APOLOGIES FOR ANY DISAPPOINTMENT CAUSED.

BrunswickThe introduction of the New Homes Bonus was a radical shift in the way the Government wished to incentivise growth. Too often, we have seen increased housing resulting in increased strain on local services, local amenities and infrastructure. The New Homes Bonus is intended to effectively address the disincentive within the local government finance system for local areas to welcome growth. We hope that this protocol will ensure the benefits of economic growth are more visible across all areas of the district.

 

So what does this mean and what is available to benefit the community?

For 2017/18 there will be £334,129 available for Local Parishes, Town Councils, voluntary organisations and community groups to bid into.

Essential Criteria to meet the terms of the grant(s):

  • A Project must be run by a Local Parish or Town council, voluntary organisation, community group, social enterprise - not individuals or businesses.

  • A Project must be within the Torridge area with funds to benefit residents of Torridge.

  • It must have the support of ALL relevant Local Ward Councillor(s).

  • A Project must meet at least one of TDC's priority aims.

  • It must also meet at least one of the following  criteria: Adding to health and well- being of the community/ Creating educational, training or work opportunities for the community/ Improving the quality of life within the community.

  • The project has long-term impact.  Applications for capital spending will be considered, but core organisational costs such as salaries, rent or utilities will not be eligible. 

  • Does not require ongoing revenue funding from TDC and has sound business planning in place if there is ongoing revenue requirement.

  • Be a minimum funding bid of £1000 and a maximum of £30,000.

  • Isn't for funding of a project that has already been completed.

  • Show evidence that the project is achievable within the funding timescales.

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All applications are scored independently by a number of different officers.  Applications over £10,000 will be presented to Committee with the highest 3 scoring projects being granted funding. The enclosed document explains what information we are looking for when scoring the applications. pdf icon NHB Scoring guidance [140kb]

 Houses                                                                                                                                  

For further information and guidance about the New Home Bonus Grants the following document will provide all the necessary information pdf icon Protocol [326kb]

To apply for funding from the scheme please use the application form on the right hand side of this page. There are also a lot of other external funding opportunities available and the following links will direct you to these opportunities that could help bolster your project further:

Asda

Awards for all

Devon Community Foundation

Devon County Council

Rural Services Network

Club matters

Sported

Tesco community grants

Please note that your elected Ward Member(s) will need to be consulted with and are required along with applicants to sign the application forms prior to submission.  To find out which electoral ward the funds will benefit please use this Postcode Finder  a list of all Torridge Members and the wards they represent can be found on the home page of the Authorities website

  • Applications of £1,000 (minimum) - £10,000 (inc) can be submitted at any time throughout the year with a decision being provided as soon as possible. 
  • Applications of £10,001 + will be submitted  for determination via Community & Resources Committee

All decisions on applications are final. Unsuccessful applications will be provided with feedback and may be re submitted. 

 

The Councillor Grant Scheme:

The Councillor Community Grant Scheme enables individual Ward members to support projects benefiting residents in their Wards.  Each Member has been allocated a budget of £2,000.  The allocation is available to spend in line with the municipal year, 1st May - 30th April.  Councillors are able to join up with other ward Councillors to support a wider project, and can offer up to 100% of the total project costs. Councillors may choose to award the whole of their £2,000 budget to one project, or break the funds down into smaller grants to a number of different projects.

To find out more about the scheme and to make a claim please visit: Councillor Grants

 

For further information, help and advice please contact Commercial and Leisure Services on 01237 428700 or email, leisure@torridge.gov.uk