Community Grants Scheme

A new scheme starting in 2019, Totnes Town Council has set aside £12,000 in the 2019/20 financial year, which may be awarded as grants to voluntary organisations which provide a service for or benefit the whole community.

Application Procedure
Applications must be submitted on an application form and be accompanied by the last set of accounts and balance sheet for the organisation and a copy of the Constitution. Any supporting documentation, plans and photographs will be welcome. The organisation’s clear aims and objectives must be set out on the application form. The Town Council reserves the right to request any additional information to aid determination of the application.

Applications will be considered by the Council Matters Committee twice yearly in July and October. Therefore applications must be submitted using the application form below to as follows:


Application deadline

Decision date

Grants payable

Midday on Monday 1st July 2019

Monday 8th July 2019

First week of August

Midday on Monday 7th October 2019

Monday 14th October 2019

First week of November

Grants must be spent by 31st March 2020 and successful organisations, as part of the terms of receiving the grant, will be asked to write a report detailing the project outcomes in time for Full Council in May 2020.

The applicant may attend the Council Matters meeting, if he/she wishes, and address members as part of the public participation section of the. If applicants wish to do this, they must liaise with the Town Clerk when submitting the application to ensure that time is allocated.


Conditions of Funding
Details of who can apply for funding is set out in the Community Grants Policy below.

Totnes Town Council regrets that it cannot, normally, consider applications from the following:

1.      Individuals

2.      Organisations intending to support or oppose any particular political party, or to discriminate on the grounds of race or religion

3.      Organisations which operate as a commercial business

4.      Church Councils or religious organisations (although applications from voluntary groups linked to a church or religious body will be considered)

5.      Education, health or social services establishments for whom Central Government, Health Authority or Unitary Council is the appropriate funder (for example schools must provide evidence that the project is not for the primary purpose of teaching its students)

6.      “Upward funders” ie. Local groups whose total fund raising is sent to a regional or national headquarters for re-distribution and not spent locally

7.      National organisations which do not have a direct specific benefit to the people of Totnes.