Do you have an idea for a project that you think would benefit or enhance your own, or another, local community? If so, you may be able to access funding from the new Communities Together Fund.

Money

The Communities Together Fund (formerly Town and Parish/TAP Fund) is managed in South Hams by South Hams District Council.  It's allocated according to the number of electors on the electoral roll, with the District Council contributing ten pence per elector to the fund, and Devon County Council contributing one pound per elector. 

The Fund is intended to support new ideas and to help communities work together on projects that enhance and make a difference to residents.  Previously, the TAP Fund has supported a range of valuable projects over the last few years, including Devon Air Ambulance night landing sites, the provision of life-saving defibrillators, and various public space improvements.

Devon's District, Borough and County Councils reviewed the criteria for the fund, and want to encourage even more collaboration between communities, whether they are projects led by voluntary and community groups, or Town and Parish Councils.

Councillor John Tucker, Leader of South Hams District Council, said: "The Communities Together Fund is intended to support new ideas and to help communities work together.  As budgets get increasingly tighter in groups and organisations, it's important that local innovative projects apply for this new funding opportunity.  There have been some brilliant projects to date that have really had an impact on the community and that's what we hope will continue."

The Leader of Devon County Council, Councillor John Hart, said: "Through this fund, we're encouraging local communities to identify projects that will make a real and positive difference to their local area.  It's great to see the successful projects that have already taken place thanks to this initiative, and we hope others take advantage of the scheme."

For more information in South Hams about The Communities Together Fund, please visit: https://www.southhams.gov.uk/article/3687/Communities.