“East Devon villages urged to apply for buildings grants”

“East Devon District Council is urging rural communities who are planning capital building projects or refurbishments to apply for financial help.

Grants of up to £5,000 are available from its Community Buildings Fund for projects involving halls, public buildings and community shops in villages and rural areas.

The scheme provides cash for schemes such as new or improved toilet facilities, kitchen facilities, roof repairs, heating and new door fixtures.

Closing dates for applications is Friday, June 29, at 5pm and Friday, January 11, at 5pm. There is only limited funding available so if all is granted in June there will be no funding available in January.

Examples of some previously funded projects included Peek Hall, at Combpyne Rousdon, which received £1,675 towards repairing the floor in the main hall.

Interested applicants can find all the information they need, including application forms, on the East Devon website: http://www.eastdevon.gov.uk/grants-and-funding/community-buildings-fund

Cllr Ian Thomas, chairman of the Community Buildings Fund, said: “We have helped to fund some urgently needed projects in the past, so I’m proud that we can continue to offer this funding to support a vital services, venues and meeting places in our more rural communities. I urge East Devon’s community buildings, village halls and community shops to apply if this funding would be of help.”