Over three Quarters of a million pounds provided for Community Projects in Torridge!

Bideford Youth FC

The New Homes Bonus Community Grants Scheme is now into a second year of rollout across the District of Torridge. The phenomenal success of the scheme means that this year alone over £334,000 will be allocated to worthy community based projects both large and small. Added to the previous year's total this will have resulted in over £750,000 being handed out to over 100 projects. The range of schemes has been quite diverse from parish hall refurbishments, to primary school garden creations, to helicopter landing lights!

This year Members were also allocated £2,000 of personal grant money to financially support  projects of their choice which will make an even bigger impact. Celebratory plaques and stickers will identify all the projects supported by the Council but the legacy is in the benefits they will bring to communities for years to come.   

Councillor Jane Whittaker - Leader Torridge District Council said:

"We knew that putting money back into our communities was the right thing to do and found ourselves able to do this through allocating a substantial amount from the local Governments New Homes Bonus pot. The funding was available as a consequence of building the housing allocation assigned to the District. The scope and variety of the projects we've been able to support has been a really rewarding experience for all the members closely involved in supporting them. We have also received many thank you letters from the recipients of these grants with many suggesting that without this money their projects could well have remained on a wish list. Both myself and my colleagues are very proud of the range of schemes we've been able to sponsor."

Sean Kearney - Commercial and Leisure Services Manager said:

"The list of organisations we've been able to assist with applications has grown and grown over the last two years. Due to the enthusiasm of clubs, schools, and charities, the money set aside for 2017/18 has now been completely allocated and so any further schemes will have to wait until the next round of funding  is announced. However in the meantime we can look forward to seeing all the many projects funded so far being completed and up and running in the community."

29 September 2017