Brampford Speke and Upton Pyne are now properly reconnected thanks to Parishes Together funding, which has helped pay for a bridge and the laying of wooden railway sleepers along a footpath

The Parishes Together Fund can make dreams a reality for town’s and parishes across East Devon

Designed to provide financial solutions to local community issues, the Parishes Together Fund is a joint East Devon District Council and Devon County Council initiative. The sum of £1.10 per elector - £1 from Devon County Council and 10p from EDDC - is put into a pot which parish or town councils can apply for, up to their maximum allocation based on the numbers of electors they have. This is a total of over £124,000 for the financial year 2017/2018.

East Devon District Council administers and manages the funding, as well as making decisions on the applications on behalf of the two authorities.

Most of East Devon’s town and parish council’s haven’t yet applied to the Parishes Together Fund this financial year.

You can find lists of all the projects that have been funded online:

 

Examples of funded projects:

Sid Valley Youth Netball

Sid Valley Youth Netball Club was able to set up and buy all the kit and equipment they needed to get started, thanks in part to Sidmouth Town Council and Newton Poppleford Parish Council applying on their behalf for Parishes Together Funding from East Devon District Council and Devon County Council. 

This netball club is going from strength to strength since it had its first session in September 2016, and now has 57 regular members. Girls from Year 6 to Year 11 can go along and join - they meet at St Johns International School, Sidmouth every Tuesday, from 5.30pm to 6.30pm for U12s, 6.30pm to 7.30pm for U14s and 7.30pm to 8.30pm for U16s.

£1,846 of the funding needed for the project came from the Parishes Together Fund and the other £1,846 from the Keith Owen Fund. 

Community Heli-pad in Broadclyst

Devon Air Ambulance will now be able to land safely in Broadclyst at night due to a new community landing site at Broadclyst Recreation Field. New landing site lighting, operated remotely by the Helicopter Emergency Medical Services, has been installed at the Recreation Field to facilitate emergency night operations. This new facility is partly funded by East Devon District Council and Devon County Council through their Parishes Together Fund, and partly funded by Devon Air Ambulance (DAA) through funding from the Bank Libor fines. It will be looked after by Broadclyst Parish Council. 

£2,800 of the funding needed for the project came from the Parishes Together Fund applied for by Broadclyst, Clyst Honiton, Cranbrook and Poltimore Parish Councils. 

Some of the key rules for the fund are:

  • Applications do have to come from town and parish councils, but voluntary and community groups, schools and other organisations can put their ideas forward to their town or parish council. Town and parish councils searching for projects that would help their local area that need funding often find it useful to contact their local voluntary and community groups.
  • All applications must involve two or more town or parish councils, the aim of the funding is for town and parish councils to work together on projects.
  • Grants are for both capital (one off costs, costs of a permanent item, structure etc) and/or revenue costs (day to day costs, temporary items, events etc).
  • We can’t fund unsustainable projects, salaries for ongoing posts, individuals, private businesses or for profit enterprises or revenue costs for existing projects.
  • Funds cannot be used directly for on-going staff costs or day to day running of a project, unless this is during a transition phase.
  • All grant money awarded must be spent and claimed within 12 months of receiving your grant offer letter. 

All of the rules for the funding can be found online: eastdevon.gov.uk/grants-and-funding/parishes-together-fund/information-about-the-parishes-together-fund/

The only exception to the rules happens when town and parish councils are applying for funding for ditches and drainage projects in relation to the prevention of flooding.

The remaining closing dates for applications are 5pm on 10 November 2017 and 7 February 2018. 

Town and parish councils can find out more about the fund and can apply online

Jamie Buckley, East Devon District Council’s Community Engagement Funding Officer, said:

The Parishes Together Fund is a really worthwhile grants scheme that is able to make a real difference to East Devon’s communities. We would encourage town and parish councils, local voluntary and community groups and other organisations to think of great projects that they can put forward.