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Community Grants Funds are changing!

Posted on 21st September 2017

Chard Town Council’s Community Development Fund is now open at any time for applications.

Councillors have approved these changes so local community groups have the opportunity to apply for money when they have a project to fund, rather than having to wait for set deadlines. The fund will remain open until all grant money has been allocated for the financial year.

The Community Development Fund is provided by Chard Town Council to support smaller scale groups to deliver projects that make a difference to the quality of life of people living in Chard. It cannot be used to fund running costs of an organisation or be paid retrospectively to a project that has already started. The maximum amount available for each application is £1,000.00 with no minimum limit.

Projects recently funded by Chard Town Council include:


CHARD EVOLUTION MAJORETTES – Chard Town Council’s Community grant helped this group to purchase a van to house the air generator, sound system and lights for use at Carnivals and fetes.


CHARD WATCH CIC – Chard Town Council’s Community grant helped this group with training and induction for 8 new volunteers as well as updating their website and receiving training to continue to recruit new volunteers and better promote their work.


GOLDIEN OLDIES UK – Chard Town Council’s Community grant will help to fund and publicise Sing-a-long sessions for the older generation at the Chard Sing and Smile every month.


PLAYDAYS PRESCHOOL – Chard Town Council’s Community grant allowed the preschool to purchase high-vis jackets for children and staff, so they were safer when out and about on their walks and outings.


A panel of Councillors will meet every other month to review any applications sent in.

Application forms are available HERE or by visiting the Guildhall, Chard.