The New Homes Bonus Panel was set up by Cabinet on 13 July 2011 (minute 32) and subsequently approved by Council on 27 July 2011 (minute 29). Devon County Council and East Devon District Council have allocated a sum of money to be given in grants through the Communities Together Fund. This fund exists to encourage communities to work together; identifying new ideas for their mutual benefit. Projects should benefit, enhance and make a difference to communities. Therefore, its primary role is to consider community funding bids received and make recommendations to Cabinet on New Homes Bonus spend. The New Homes Bonus Panel is a non-decision making body which assists and advises Cabinet.