Application criteria for new £30,000 Exmouth Community Fund has now been announced

PUBLISHED: 16:25 19 September 2018

Exmouth Town Hall.

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The criteria for the new Exmouth Community Fund has now been finalised and the town council is inviting applications.

Projects which ‘significantly’ benefit Exmouth can now apply for part of a £30,000 fund ring-fenced for the town. Applications will be decided in a Dragon’s Den-style event in February next year.

The pot is made up of contributions from both county and district council; per elector, East Devon District Council will be giving £1 and Devon County Council 10p.

Applications are now being invited with a closing date of Wednesday, January 2, 2019. The criteria for those wishing to apply is:

• Only projects which at least significantly benefit Exmouth will be eligible.

• Applications are welcome from community projects identifying new ideas, benefiting the community.

• Grants can apply to a one-off cost of a permanent item or a temporary item, event or start-up cost.

• All money awarded must ‘realistically’ be spent and claimed within 12 months of receiving a grant offer letter.

• Grant applications can be submitted for a maximum of £5,000 and a minimum of £250.

• At least 20 per cent of the project must be funded from other sources.

Decisions on applications will be made at an Exmouth Community Funding event to be held on Thursday, February 21, 2019.

Applicants will be asked to pitch for their funding - in the same manner as the popular TV show “Dragons’ Den” - to a panel consisting of two councillors from the town, district or county council as well as two officers with some funding knowledge.

Everyone attending the event will at the end be asked to vote for the projects they would most like to receive the funding.

The projects with the most votes will be granted the funding they’ve asked for.

Councillor Jeff Trail, Mayor of Exmouth and Devon County councillor, said: “We have been given this fantastic opportunity to help make a difference in Exmouth and enhance our lives and I would urge all eligible groups to consider what projects they have in mind that would help us meet these goals.”

For more information go to www.exmouth.gov.uk

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