Successful East Devon grants scheme is able to give financial helping hand to rural community buildings

East Devon District Council is urging rural local communities who are planning capital building projects or refurbishments to apply for financial assistance from its highly successful Community Building Fund.

The Community Buildings Fund is an East Devon District Council grants scheme, which helps fund projects for community buildings like village halls and community shops by offering grants of anything up to £5,000.

The scheme’s purpose is to help rural community buildings and community shops all around East Devon with funding for projects such as new or improved toilet facilities, kitchen facilities, roof repairs, heating and new door fixtures.

In 2015/2016, the following four villages were successful in applying for £16,500 worth of funding from East Devon and now the fund is once open again for new applications from eligible community buildings:

  • All Saints Village Hall - £1,500 towards replacing two fire doors and some worn out flooring
  • Otterton Village Hall - £5,000 to help replace a leaking roof
  • Awliscombe Village Hall - £5,000 towards replacing an outdated kitchen
  • Kilmington Village Hall - £5,000 to help replace the supporting posts carrying part of the roof, and to replace some windows.

Interested applicants can find all the information they need, including application forms, on the Community Building Fund page.

Councillor Ian Thomas, Chairman of the Community Fund Panel, said:

The number of great projects put forward within the district shows what a tremendous sense of community exists in East Devon. It’s important that we do all we can to support the willingness of community minded residents who work hard to keep communal facilities running for the benefit of other local people.

I am really pleased that we have been able to keep this valuable fund going despite current financial pressures and would encourage any community buildings or community shops that need funding to find out more about the grants available.