Applications now open to apply for funding

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. Village halls, community buildings and community shops in East Devon’s villages and rural areas are eligible (those within an area covered by a town council are not eligible).

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 29 June 2018 at 5pm and Friday 11 January 2019 at 5pm (please bear in mind that there is only limited funding available so if all is granted in June there will be no funding available in January).

Examples of some previously funded projects: • Newton Poppleford Pavilion received £5,000 towards an extension and new kitchen. • Upton Pyne and Cowley Village Hall received £2,741 towards much needed improvements to their kitchen. • Peek Hall at Combpyne Rousdon received £1,675 towards repairing the floor in the main hall. • Brampford Speke Village Hall received £1,722 towards improving the accessibility of the hall for people with mobility issues and people with pushchairs.

Find out more about the fund, including how to apply and application forms.

Cllr Ian Thomas, Chairman of the Community Buildings Fund, said:

We have helped to fund some urgently needed projects in the past, so I’m proud that we can continue to offer this funding to support a vital services, venues and meeting places in our more rural communities. I urge East Devon’s community buildings, village halls and community shops to apply if this funding would be of help.