Village halls, community buildings and community shops can all benefit from council’s grant scheme

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

The Community Building Fund is an East Devon District Council grants scheme, which helps fund projects for village halls, community buildings and community shops by offering grants of anything up to £5,000. Community buildings and community shops that are within an area covered by a Town Council are not eligible to apply.


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.

Closing dates for applications are Friday 30 June 2017 at 5pm and Friday 15 December 2017 at 5pm (please bear in mind that there is only limited money available so if all funding is granted in June there will be none available in December).


There were three successful applicants in the financial year 2016/2017:
• Upton Pyne and Cowley Village Hall have received £2,741 towards much needed improvements to their kitchen.
• Peek Hall at Combpyne Rousdon will receive £1,675 towards repairing the floor in the main hall.
• Clyst Hydon Village Hall will receive £1,558 to help them repair their leaky roof.
Interested applicants can find all the information they need, including application forms, on the East Devon website.

Commenting on the fund, Mark Williams, Chief Executive of East Devon District Council, said:

I would urge any of our more rural community buildings and community shops that need funding to find out more about the grants available, and to apply if they’re eligible. Over the years we’ve been offering it this fund has contributed to a great many really worthy projects that have helped many village halls improve and become more sustainable, and also helped set up and improve some of East Devon’s community shops.