Final deadline for applications this financial year is February 8, 2018

With £104,300 still available to East Devon town and parish councils for worthy community projects from the Parishes Together Fund, the third and final application deadline for this financial year is on February 8, 2018.

While applications to the fund have to come from town and parish councils, voluntary and community groups, schools and other organisations can put their ideas forward to their local town or parish council. East Devon’s town and parish councils have so far only been granted around £20,000 from the £124,000 pot of funding this financial year.

Designed to provide financial solutions to local issues, the Parishes Together Fund is a joint East Devon District Council and Devon County Council initiative where £1.10 per elector in each parish is put into a central pot, which parish and town councils can then apply to for funding towards community projects.

Contact your town or parish council and find out more about the Parishes Together Fund including application forms and guidance.

Some of the successful East Devon projects from April 2016 to March 2017 were:

  • £7,125 towards a tourism project from Seaton Town Council and Axmouth and Branscombe Parish Councils to improve tourism, including creating a tourism App for the area that residents and visitors can download onto smartphones and tablets and find out what’s going on in the area. 
  • £3,290 to pay for educational signs along country walks in the parishes of Otterton and Woodbury. The signs will be low level, in keeping with the environment and will give details on local animal and plant life you may well see on the walks.
  • Broadclyst, Clyst Honiton, Cranbrook, Poltimore parish councils were granted £2,893 to help pay for the creation of a lit community heli-pad in Broadclyst, so the Devon Air Ambulance can land there at night.
  • All Saints and Chardstock parish councils and Axminster Town Council will receive £7,237 to provide defibrillators that the general public can access and use in the town and parishes to cover areas where there are none. 
  •  Sidmouth Town Council with support from Newton Poppleford Parish Council were granted £2,700 to pay for a mental health project to benefit local young people and £1,847 to help set up Sid Valley Youth Netball Club, to encourage the importance of a healthy lifestyle. They will also receive £8,532 towards creating wildflower beds in grass verges around the town.  

Councillor Phil Twiss, East Devon District Councillor and Chairman of the Fund said:

I am very proud to be involved in the Parishes Together Fund, as we can help town and parish councils to fund very worthy community projects that otherwise may well not happen. I would encourage local community groups with a project proposal to contact their local town and parish council as soon as they can to see if they can help.

Councillor John Hart, Leader of Devon County Council, said:

Through this fund, we're encouraging local communities to identify projects that will make a real and positive difference to their local area. It's great to see the successful projects that have already taken place thanks to this initiative, and we hope others take advantage of the scheme.