Voluntary and community groups and charities in Exmouth are being urged to apply for a slice of £20,000.
The town council has made the funding available and is inviting applicants to stake a claim at a ‘Dragons’ Den-style’ event in the new year.
A trial of the Exmouth Community Fund was successfully staged in 2018/19 – with a five-figure sum up for grabs this time around.
Exmouth Town Council will be accepting applications until 9am on Monday, January 13, 2020.
Decisions on how the funding will be spent will be made at a special event on Thursday, February 20, where those bidding for cash will be asked to pitch for the money.
Mayor of Exmouth, Councillor Steve Gazzard, said: “With more and more community groups struggling to obtain funding, it is really great that we provide this valuable opportunity to the community of Exmouth.
“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.”
The town council says it can arrange to provide help and guidance to groups needing assistance in preparing presentations to bid for funds.
A panel made up of town, district and county councillors – as well as officers – will be on hand to ask questions.
Everyone attending the event will be asked to vote for the projects they would most like to receive funding.
Those with the most votes will be granted the funding they have asked for.
Exmouth Town Council says would-be applicants should be aware of the following criteria:
- Funding can only be awarded to projects where a significant proportion, or all of, the benefit is to Exmouth and its residents;
- Applications are welcome from community projects identifying new ideas, benefiting, enhancing and making a difference to the community;
- Grants are for both capital (one-off costs of a permanent item, structure etc) and / or one-off revenue costs (temporary items, events, start-up costs, costs of a time-limited project etc). This can include one-off staff costs/time-limited project staff costs;
- All grant money awarded must realistically be able to be spent and claimed within 12 months of receiving a grant offer letter;
- Grant applications can be submitted for a maximum of £3,000 and a minimum of £250;
- A minimum of 20 per cent of the total costs of a project must be funded from other sources. For example, for a project that costs £1,000 in total, a maximum of £800 can be applied for with a minimum of £200 being match-funded from elsewhere.