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Funding: Making it Local – Blackdown Hills and East Devon

Making it Local – Blackdown Hills and East Devon

 

End Date:
31 December 2013
Start Date:
20 July 2009
Application Deadline: 12 November 2012
 

Description

Making it Local is the local action fund for the Blackdown Hills and East Devon area. The fund runs to the end of 2013 and aims to use the outstanding landscapes and local skills of the area as a springboard for healthy and lasting development. Funding is provided under the following three topics: business performance and local employment; communities and connections; and making the most of local resources

 

Details

Maximum Value:
£ 100,000

Value Notes

The following grants are available:

  • Main Grants – up to £100,000 for projects that may last up to three years and will have a significant impact on the area.
  • Small Grants – between £1,000 and £10,000 for projects that will last a year or less.

Funding can be for capital and revenue costs. Grants will fund 30-70% of costs, depending on the kind of organisation and project as follows:

Small Grants

  • Business Creation and Growth – up to 50% of project costs.
  • Strengthening Local Communities – up to 70% of project costs.
  • Connecting People and the Landscape – up to 70% of project costs (up to 50% for businesses).

Main Grants

  • Private businesses – usually 30-50% of project costs.
  • Non-private sector, eg community groups or social enterprises – usually 30-70% of project costs.

Extended Description

"Making it Local" is a five year, locally managed grants scheme in the Blackdown Hills and East Devon area which aims to use the outstanding landscapes and local skills as a springboard for healthy and lasting development. Funding comes from the Local Action part of the Rural Development Programme for England, through the South West Regional Development Agency. The scheme is administered by the "Making it Local" staff who are employed by Devon County Council and are based in the area within the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and the Blackdown Hills AONB offices.

To be eligible, projects need to be unique and meet the following criteria:

  • Fit with one or more of the Making it Local Programme Objectives:

    • Raise business performance and local employment. (For projects that support micro and small businesses, to make them more ambitious and productive, to create more sustainable jobs and to make the most of markets for local products and services.)
    • Communities and Connections. (For projects that help communities and businesses to be more resilient and sustainable by developing strong local connections, essential community services and community held assets.)
    • Make the most of local resources. (For projects which strengthen the local economy through sensitive and sustainable use of the landscape and natural resources, and that work with local culture and built heritage.) Further details of these Objectives can be found on the funding priorities page of the Making it Local website.
  • Demonstrate evidence of local needs or opportunities.
  • Involve eligible costs.
  • Be an eligible organisation (listed above).
  • Require funding of greater than £5,000 but less than £100,000.
  • Have match funding secured for between 30% and 70% (depending on the project and organisation applying).
  • Start at least two months from submitting an application form.
  • Demonstrate sustainability.
  • Fit with one of the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) Measures.

Latest Information

Deadline for small projects only: 12 November 2012


Key Criteria

Businesses and organisations, including private businesses and sole traders, social enterprises, parish and town councils, voluntary groups, local community groups, charities and constituted groups may apply.

The following areas are covered by the fund: East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), the Blackdown Hills AONB, and the towns of Wellington, Chard, Axminster, Ottery St Mary, Seaton and Sidmouth.


Eligible Expenditure

Small Grants Fund

Small Business Creation and Growth Grants

Support is available to aid the development of new businesses or further development of existing businesses. Examples of eligible activities include:

  • new marketing;
  • testing a new product or service ideas;
  • installing new technology or equipment;
  • improving energy efficiency or reducing waste/consumption;
  • purchase of new equipment;
  • bespoke training and mentoring; and
  • helping tourism providers improve sustainability.

Strengthening Local Communities

These grants are for small local projects which directly benefit a community, or communities, in the area, and to encourage sharing and connection between communities. The aim is to help communities become more resilient in the face of change. The types of activities supported include the following:

  • Updating community facilities.
  • Providing new or extending existing services.
  • Installing new technology or equipment.
  • Improving energy efficiency or reducing waste/consumption.
  • Developing use of local food and drink or other local products.
  • Cultural events.
  • Developing or marketing of services.
  • Testing out new ideas that will benefit communities.

Connecting People and the Landscape

The aim of these grants is to encourage people to make the most of their local resources and deepen their connection with the landscape. Examples of eligible activities include the following:

  • Improving access, eg local footpaths.
  • Interpretation of an area through maps, boards or other media.
  • New cultural or leisure events.
  • Green tourism activity.
  • Marketing development which uses the landscape as a source.
  • Support for volunteers in environmental activities.
  • Developing local craft activities.

Main Grants Fund

There are three funding topics, each of which has three kinds of activity that can be funded. Projects need to fit at least one activity, but may fit more than one. Details are as follows:

Raise business performance and local employment

Support is available for projects that support micro and small businesses, to make them more ambitious and productive, to create more sustainable jobs and to make the most of markets for local products and services. The following activities are supported under this topic:

  • Help for people to develop their enterprise, business skills and leadership abilities. Funding is mainly for individual micro or small businesses, and those that support them, for training, feasibilities, marketing, start-up costs and to do what is needed to help them to develop.
  • Develop and improve the markets for local products and services. Support is available for individual micro or small businesses, social enterprises and others with projects such as an arts gallery for local arts, websites that attract people to buy local products, or expanding farmers markets.
  • Build local knowledge and aspiration through exemplar sustainability projects. Support is available for individual micro or small business, social enterprises and other groups creating exciting, high profile ventures like ecotourism, energy generation or community food growing.

Communities and connections

Support is available for projects that help communities and businesses to be more resilient and sustainable by developing strong local connections, essential community services and community held assets. The following activities are supported under this topic:

  • Increase joint working and cooperation between, and within, communities, business and other groups. Support is available for social enterprises, charities, constituted groups and businesses to develop collaborative projects such as group woodland management, food cooperatives or using social networking to make local links.
  • Develop and improve sustainable rural services. Support is available for social enterprises, charities, constituted groups and businesses for activities such as running village hubs, developing local allotments or creating new transport solutions.
  • Collaborate on the development and use of renewable energies. Support is available for social enterprises, charities, constituted groups and businesses to work together on things like usable methane from food waste, wood fuel or cost-effective community generated power.

Make the most of local resources

Support is available for projects that strengthen the local economy through sensitive and sustainable use of the landscape and natural resources, and that work with local culture and built heritage. The following activities are supported under this topic:

  • Increase sustainable tourism, recreation and access. Support is available for social enterprises, charities, constituted groups and businesses to develop projects such as all ability trails, parish footpaths or forest-based recreation.
  • Encourage new and sustainable use of existing natural resources. Support is available for social enterprises, charities, constituted groups and businesses to make things like new wood or food products, fibre-product development or land-based activities.
  • Make the most of the local environment as a product, particularly through cultural, arts and heritage activities. Support is available for social enterprises, charities, constituted groups and businesses to run cultural events such as arts festivals, to use the landscape as a brand or to restore landscape features.

Restrictions

Small Grants Fund

The following exclusions apply:

Small Business Creation and Growth Grants

  • Statutory costs.
  • Vehicles.
  • Replacement or upgraded ICT.
  • Replacement of existing equipment.
  • 'Normal' education programmes or land-based training.

Strengthening Local Communities

  • Statutory costs, eg compliance with DDA.
  • Ongoing revenue costs, eg continuation of staffing costs.

Connecting People and the Landscape

  • Statutory costs, eg health and safety.
  • Ongoing revenue costs, eg continuation of existing projects or long-term staffing costs.

Application Procedure

There are different application packs for the Small Grants Programme and the Large Grants Programme. All forms, along with further information, can be found on the Making it Local website.

Applicants first need to complete an Initial Project Outline. If the project is considered suitable, applicants will be asked to fill out a full application form which will be appraised by the project staff before being submitted to the Programme Management Group for a decision. It can take between two to four months from the time of submitting an Initial Project Outline to an offer of funding.

Further information can be found on the Making it Local website or by contacting the Making it Local Programme Manager.

Addresses and contacts

For further information on how to obtain this funding opportunity locally, please contact the following:

Contact details:
Melanie SealeyBlackdown Hills AONB Partnership
c/o Blackdown Hills AONB
St Ivel House
Station Road, Hemyock
Cullompton
Devon
EX15 3SJ
Telephone:
01823 680626
Contact details:
Carrie Mason Blackdown Hills AONB Partnership
c/o Blackdown Hills AONB
St Ivel House
Station Road, Hemyock
Cullompton
Devon
EX15 3SJ

 

This article is taken from Funding Central – http://www.fundingcentral.org.uk/SchemeList.aspx?RF=NEWS&WCI=htmResults&WCU=CBC=View,DSCODE=OTSSCMLIVE,SCHEMEID=248-S34060,UDATA=SCHEMEVIEWBACK=HOME