Funding opportunity – Communities Together Fund

Posted on: 22 June 2018

Community groups are invited to apply for funding towards local projects from the Communities Together Fund (CTF).

The CTF is a useful way of supporting a wide range of local projects across the district, such as:

  • Local economy, employment and welfare (eg community shops, food banks, homelessness)
  • Community events and celebrations (eg seasonal celebrations, trips, visits, commemorations, memorial events)
  • Community facilities (eg community facility improvements, community safety improvements)
  • Sport, leisure, arts, heritage, culture (eg youth clubs, libraries, allotments, theatres, plays, music)
  • Highway improvements (eg grit bins, signs, safety improvements, bridges, traffic regulation orders, rights of way, weeds)

The project must involve two or more community groups working together (either developing or delivering the project) to benefit two or more communities to address a common issue.

A community group for the purpose of this fund includes town and parish councils, parish meetings, constituted voluntary and community organisations (including ‘Friends of’ groups, faith groups and social enterprises), charities and other not-for-profit enterprises, and business networking groups (such as a Chamber of Commerce) where the project is for the benefit of the community and not a profit-making venture.

Applications are now open for 2018/19.  There are two funding rounds and applications may be received at any time prior to these application deadlines:

Application DeadlineFunding PanelDecisions Announced
Round 130-Sep-1829-Oct-1812-Nov-18
Round 228-Feb-1901-Apr-1915-Apr-19

The new fund, administered by Mid Devon District Council and Devon County Council, replaces the former Town and Parish (TAP) Fund. Previous applicants of the TAP Fund should note the following key changes in the new scheme:

  • The changes return the scheme to its original purpose of encouraging communities to work together; identifying and kick starting new ideas for their mutual benefit; enhancing and making a difference to communities.
  • Match-funding is encouraged and will increase the chance of an application being approved.
  • Applicants will need to demonstrate that they have explored opportunities to work with other community groups to either identify and/or carry out the proposed project.  While applicants are encouraged to involve local town and parish councils, this is no longer an essential criterion, as long as two or more community groups are working together on the project.
  • The fund cannot be used for regular activities, such as grass cutting, ditch and drainage works and any other associated ‘lengthsman’ duties, as the fund exists to help identify new ideas to benefit communities.

For more information, or for a copy of the Application Form and Criteria, please visit: https://www.middevon.gov.uk/residents/grants-and-funding/communities-together-fund/

Applications should be submitted (with supporting papers) direct to the CTF Project Officer: funding@middevon.gov.uk / Mid Devon District Council, Phoenix House, Phoenix Lane, Tiverton EX16 6PP.  If you have a general enquiry about the fund, please contact funding@middevon.gov.uk.

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