New funding is available to parishes and towns who are sharing ideas and working together.

PARISHES and towns in Torridge are being offered a share of more than £50,000 to help improve communities in the area.

Devon County Council and Torridge District Council have set up a joint town and parish (TAP) fund to encourage parishes to work more closely together.

The county council has provided £1 for every elector and Torridge has topped this up by 10 pence per elector bringing the total to £56,624.

Leader of Torridge District Council, Cllr Barry Parsons, said: “We want to see local parishes working together for the benefit of all, sharing ideas and improving their communities.

“The money will only be there until next April, so I urge parishes to get their applications in sooner rather than later.”

Parishes applying for funding must prove they are working together and can use the grants for capital or revenue costs, or for a new project or service.

Applications will only be accepted from two or more groups working in partnership.

Registered charities, social enterprises, voluntary and not-for-profit community organisations can also apply through their town or parish council.

For more information contact Malcolm Harris on 01237 428756, email Malcolm.harris@torridge.gov.uk or click the link in the top right of the page.