Council Grants


 Buckfastleigh Town Council Grant Application Policy and Guidance 2017/18 (application for up to £250)

The Town Council is committed to supporting community groups that make a positive difference to Buckfastleigh. The Finance Committee administers small grants up to £250 to local community and voluntary organisations who operate for the benefit of local residents who live within the Parish and can demonstrate a clear need for financial support.

The Town Council wishes to encourage the valuable work carried out by the volunteers in our community and applications for grant assistance are considered on three occasions in every financial year and must be submitted to the Town Clerk at the Town Hall with all supporting documentation by the deadlines detailed below:-

  1st Application          2nd Application          3rd Application         
Closing Date 31st May 30th September
31st January
Finance Committee June October February
Grant Presentation July November March

Eligibility

Grants will NOT be made:

  • To organisations situated outside the area administered by the Town Council unless a clear benefit to the inhabitants of the Town can be established. In such cases, supporting information demonstrating the level of benefit must be provided.
  • To organisations that are socially exclusive for eg. where there are unreasonable restrictions on membership inconsistent with equal opportunities.
  • To organisations established for party political or promoting religious purposes.
  • No grant will be awarded to or for any commercial venture for private gain.
  • This grant cannot fund the purchase of alcohol, loan or interest payments, endowments or VAT that you can recover.
  • No retrospective applications will be considered.

Terms and Conditions

  • Grants will be awarded to voluntary groups, societies, clubs, not-for-profit organisations and charities operating within the defined civil parish boundary of Buckfastleigh for the benefit of this area.
  • All applications will be considered on their merits and subject to providing the supporting documentation requested on the application form. Incomplete applications will be returned and may delay the process.
  • The amount of the grant award will be at the discretion of the Town Council.
  • The Council will take into account any previous grant(s) made to an organisation when considering a new application.
  • No payments will be paid by cash and bank account details for a UK based bank or building society account in the name of your organisation must be provided.
  • All recipients are required to provide the Council with a brief report, including photographs where appropriate, of how it has assisted the organisation and what it has achieved within three months of the grant being used. Failure to do this may affect any future application.

Adopted 11th May 2016

Click here to download a grants application form:-

BTC Grant Application 2017

Grants awarded in 2015/16:-

Grant Allocations Report 2015-16

Grants awarded in 2016/17:-

Grant Allocations Report 2016-17

Buckfastleigh Town Council Community Development Fund Policy and Guidance 2016 (application for £1,000 or over)

The fund will be managed and administered by Buckfastleigh Town Council with the aim of bringing social, amenity, educational and environmental benefits. The fund is intended to support local community projects, groups and organisations who operate for the benefit of local residents who live within the parish of Buckfastleigh.

The Finance Committee (which must be quorate as defined in the Standing Orders) will recommend applications for Community Development Fund assistance on nine occasions (excluding August, December & March) in every year and these must be submitted to the Town Clerk with all appropriate information.

The Finance Committee has the discretion to use up to the total annual sum available to it to fund or part fund schemes of significant community impact in the parish. Applications will require evidence of need, community fund raising and attempts to secure other sources of funding and sponsorship. Match funding already secured would be of benefit. Evidence will be required from the organisation sponsoring the application of audited accounts where these exist, a constitution, a management and maintenance plan together with evidence of sustainable revenue funding for the future.

Eligibility

Grants will NOT be made:

  • To organisations situated outside the area administered by the parish of Buckfastleigh unless a clear benefit to the inhabitants can be established. In such cases, supporting information demonstrating the level of benefit must be provided.
  • To organisations that are socially exclusive for eg. where there are unreasonable restrictions on membership inconsistent with equal opportunities.
  • For the purpose of promoting party political or religious purposes.
  • No grant will be awarded to or for any commercial venture for private gain.
  • This grant cannot fund the purchase of alcohol, loan or interest payments, endowments or VAT that you can recover.
  • No retrospective applications will be considered and costs already incurred will not be funded.

Terms and Conditions

  • The amount of the grant award will be at the discretion of the Finance Committee and ratified by full Council.
  • All applications will be considered on their merits and subject to providing the supporting documentation requested on the application form. Incomplete applications will be returned and may delay the process.
  • Grants will be awarded to voluntary groups, societies, clubs, not-for-profit organisations and charities operating within the defined civil parish boundary of Buckfastleigh for the benefit of this area, but may exist outside the boundary.
  • You must have acceptable safeguarding policies and procedures in place if your project involves working with children, young people or vulnerable adults and evidence of this will be required.
  • If required, it is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that public liability insurance is in place.
  • The Finance Committee will take into account any previous grant(s) made to an organisation when considering a new application.
  • No payments will be paid by cash and bank account details for a UK based bank or building society account in the name of your organisation must be provided.
  • The Finance Committee will recommend applications to full Council for resolution and reserves the right to publish and publicise all or any grants awarded.
  • If your application is successful we will confirm this in writing.
  • You must complete your project within 12 months of the date of our letter confirming the grant and you will be asked to complete an end of grant report detailing how the money was spent and what has been achieved.

Applications to Buckfastleigh Town Council should be submitted no later than Midday Wednesday 30th November 2016.

Adopted 11th May 2016

Click here to download a Community Development Fund application form:-

Community Development Fund Application 2017

Teignbridge District Council Elector Fund

This is a discretionary fund, which is reviewed on an annual basis and is subject to Devon County Council and Teignbridge District Councils ability to make funds available. The total amount for  the Elector Fund for Buckfastleigh for 2016/17 is £3,084.40 based on £1.10 per elector.

Basis of the scheme

Each Town or Parish Council can bid for an amount of £1.10 per elector.

1. The fund is available for Town and Parish Councils involving their
communities to try to solve local issues. Projects should be likely to achieve
the promotion or improvement of, economic, social or environmental well
being of the area.
2. The Fund will prioritise new and innovative projects. Applicants are strongly encouraged to seek matched funding to help maximise project benefits. This can be financial or in-kind support.

3. Applications should be for projects that address local priorities and meet

identified needs of the local community.

4. The applicant must be a town or parish council. Registered charities,

voluntary/community organisations, social enterprises and faith groups may apply, but must do so via a town or parish council.
5. Claims for payment of £5,000 and above will be required to be backed up with the relevant invoices – and must be claimed by 31st March 2018.
6. Larger projects may require a mentor to help oversee delivery of the project.

7. Funding must not directly benefit any individual or private business and

can only be used for the purposes specified in the application.
 
Funding process:
 
The next deadline date for submission of an Elector Fund application by Parish and Town Councils to Teignbridge District Council is 4.00pm on 3rd February 2017 with payments by the end of March. Applications must be sent to Buckfastleigh Town Council and should be submitted no later than Midday Wednesday 30th November 2016.
 
If the grant meets the criteria, an email will be sent to the Clerk and County and District Ward Councillors, stating that TDC is minded to make a grant. Provide there is no adverse comment from County and District Ward Councillors, the grant will be paid.
Requests for payment of grants higher than £5k will be paid on receipt of invoices.
Decision making: has been delegated to the Democratic Services Manager, but can also be made by the Executive if necessary.
 
Monitoring: Parish Clerks undertake to use the grant for the purposes
in the applications. There is also a requirement to provide the Council with a statement of how the grant has benefited the community if one is requested.
 
Publicity and transparency: A spreadsheet of grants awarded is published on the TDC elector fund web page: www.teignbridge.gov.uk/electorfund
Details of the grant will be publicised by way of Teignbridge website, via the Teignbridge Associations of Local Councils (TALC) and the Teignbridge
Community Voluntary Service, the Members newsletter, a media press release, in an annual email to Parish & Town Councils.
 
Further details: The scheme details and application form is available on the Council’s website at: www.teignbridge.gov.uk/electorfund

 

 For further funding help…
Both the local Teignbridge District Councillors and Devon County Councillor also have discretionary funds available to help out local groups.

If you would like further support to help you find funding for your organisation, try contacting Devon Communities Together and/or Teignbridge Community & Voluntary Service.