Grant money for groups now available from North Devon councillors

VOLUNTARY and community organisations are being encouraged to apply for grants from their local North Devon district councillor. The councillors are awarded funds each year to use as community councillor grants for projects within their ward. The grants

VOLUNTARY and community organisations are being encouraged to apply for grants from their local North Devon district councillor.

The councillors are awarded funds each year to use as community councillor grants for projects within their ward.

The grants are used to provide support to non-profit making organisations and groups that directly benefit people within the community and the environment.

"It can be difficult for community groups and organisations to provide the services that they want with limited funds," said Councillor Dick Jones, Lead Member for Community and Leisure.


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A community councillor grant from your local councillor can help to provide that boost to provide funds for extra equipment, help to fund a specific project, or even improve an area in the community.

"The grant money is not the councillor's money, it is the community's money, and we are the means by which we can return it to your community. It's part of our role as elected councillors to help serve our wards as much as we can and these grants help us to do that."

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Braunton district councillor Jasmine Chesters was able to spread around �1,500 last year, providing useful grants to Braunton Countryside Centre, Southmead Pre-School, Braunton Access Group, Braunton and District Museum, Braunton Volunteers, the Tourist Information Centre and BMX Club.

"It is increasingly difficult for small associations and groups to stay solvent and this means many have to look outside their associations and groups have to find support to keep going, particularly in this awful financial climate," she said.

"Although our grants have been reduced this year, I still have �1,000 to help groups out. If you think I can be of assistance please get in touch with me as soon as possible."

Grant applications can be made for projects or services that include sports, culture and heritage, environment and sustainability, social welfare and community.

Organisations will be asked to provide additional documents in support of their grant application. Any who think they could benefit from this funding can find more information and download an application form from the North Devon Council website at www.northdevon.gov.uk/councillorgrants or call (01271) 388327 or email communitydevelopment@northdevon.gov.uk.

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