East Devon awarded Government cash to ‘prepare for summer’ and support bids for further funding

Full list of allocations under the “Welcome Back” fund can be found here. 

As for the “levelling up” fund – East Devon is in the bottom category 3. In this category “bids will still be considered for funding on their merits of deliverability, value for money and strategic fit, and could still be successful if they are of exceptionally high quality.”

Philippa Davies sidmouth.nub.news 

The Government has announced that East Devon District Council will receive £230,991 to prepare town centres and seaside resorts for the safe return of shoppers and tourists this summer.

It’s part of the Government’s £56 million Welcome Back Fund, being distributed to local authorities across England.

The money can be used to provide or improve outdoor areas for socialising, smarten up the streets and organise events such as festivals and markets to support local businesses.

The councils can also use any amount of the funding they receive to put together a bid for up to £20 million from the Levelling Up Fund, to regenerate and improve town centres in their areas.

The Government’s website providing guidance on applying for money from the Levelling Up Fund indicates that council areas have been put into priority categories graded 1, 2 or 3, with category 1 ‘representing places with the highest levels of identified need’.

East Devon is in category 3.

The website says: “While preference will be given to bids from higher priority areas, the bandings do not represent eligibility criteria, nor the amount or number of bids a place can submit.

“Bids from categories 2 and 3 will still be considered for funding on their merits of deliverability, value for money and strategic fit, and could still be successful if they are of exceptionally high quality.”

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