Council Grants

Buckfastleigh Town Council Smaller Grant 2018/19 (application for up to £500)

The Town Council is committed to supporting community groups that make a positive difference to Buckfastleigh. The Finance Committee administers small grants up to £500 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 four 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 in the Policy & Guidance.

Click here to download a Smaller Grant application and a copy of the Policy & Guidance:-

Smaller Grant Application 2018

Smaller Grant Policy & Guidance 2018

Buckfastleigh Town Council Larger Grant 2018/19 (application for £501 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 Larger Grant 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.

Click here to download a Larger Grant application and a copy of the Policy & Guidance:-

Larger Grant Application 2018

Larger Grants Policy & Guidance 2018

Buckfastleigh Town Council Perennial Grant 2018/19

Buckfastleigh Town Council recognises that there are charitable, voluntary and not-for-profit making organisations that provide front line services to the local community which are not capable of covering their full annual running costs and depend on the security of regular funding rather than unsustainable ad hoc grants from different funding sources. These organisations must however, be able to demonstrate evidence of need, effective delivery and fund-raising.

The Town Council Finance Committee will consider applications for perennial funding for up to four years, although successful applicants will be expected to report back to the Council annually on the effectiveness of the awarded grant.

The application must be submitted to the Town Clerk by 31st August so that requests for funding can be considered by the Finance Committee (which must be quorate as defined in the Standing Orders) and, if successful, included in the budget for the forthcoming financial year(s) subject to approval by the December full Council meeting.

Click here to download a Perennial Grant application and a copy of the Policy & Guidance:-

Perennial Grant Fund Application 2018

Perennial Grant Policy Guidance 2018

Grants awarded in 2016/17:-

Grant Allocations Report 2016-17

Grants awarded in 2017/18:-

Grant Allocations Report 2017-18

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 2018/19 – to be announced

Basis of the scheme

Each Town or Parish Council can bid for an amount of £**** 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 – date to be announced.
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  – date to be announced. Applications must be sent to Buckfastleigh Town Council and should be submitted no later than Midday – date to be announced.
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:
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:

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.