What is the Communities Together Fund?

The Communities Together Fund (CTF) exists to encourage communities to work together; identifying new ideas for their mutual benefit. Applications are welcome from community projects benefiting, enhancing and making a difference to communities.

The CTF is a useful way of supporting a wide range of local projects across the district, such as:

  • Local economy, employment and welfare (e.g. community shops, food banks, homelessness)
  • Community events and celebrations (e.g. seasonal celebrations, trips, visits, commemorations, memorial events)
  • Community facilities (e.g. community facility improvements, community safety improvements)
  • Sport, leisure, arts, heritage, culture (e.g. youth clubs, libraries, allotments, theatres, plays, music)
  • Highway improvements (e.g. grit bins, signs, safety improvements, bridges, traffic regulation orders, rights of way, weeds)

The project must involve two or more community groups working together (either developing or delivering the project) to benefit two or more communities to address a common issue.

A community group for the purpose of this fund includes town and parish councils, parish meetings, constituted voluntary and community organisations (including ‘Friends of’ groups, faith groups and social enterprises), charities and other not-for-profit enterprises, and business networking groups (such as a Chamber of Commerce) where the project is for the benefit of the community and not a profit-making venture.

For example:

  • a parish council/meeting could work with a neighbouring parish council/meeting to address a common need;
  • a parish council/meeting could work with a community group to deliver a community facility/service across two or more communities;
  • a community group could work with another community group to deliver a community facility/service that benefits two or more communities.

Please see the CTF Criteria for more information.

How can I apply?

Applications are open for 2018/19. Please see the CTF Application Form and Criteria for more information.

There are two funding rounds (see table below). Applications may be received at any time prior to the following deadlines:


Application Deadline

Funding Panel

Decisions Announced

Round 1

30 September 2018

29 October 2018

12 November 2018

Round 2

21 February 2019

07 March 2019

21 March 2019

Please note: Due to changes in guidelines, we have had to bring forward the closing date for applications to the 21 February 2019 in order to award applications before the close of the 18/19 financial year. Applicants are still able to submit supporting paperwork by the original deadline of 28 February 2019, but we need at least a draft application by the 21 February deadline. The panel meeting will now take place on 07 March instead of 01 April as previously advertised. If anyone has any questions or concerns about meeting an application deadline, please contact the CTF Project Officer at funding@middevon.gov.uk.

The CTF Budget for 2018/19 (by County Ward) is:

County Ward

Round 1

Round 2

TOTAL 18/19 Budget





Creedy, Taw and Mid Exe




Cullompton and Bradninch




Tiverton East




Tiverton West




Willand and Uffculme








Applications should be submitted (with supporting papers) direct to the CTF Fund Project Officer at funding@middevon.gov.uk. Alternatively, print and send by post to:

The CTF Fund Project Officer
Mid Devon District Council
Phoenix House
Phoenix Lane
EX16 6PP

If you have a general enquiry about the fund, please contact funding@middevon.gov.uk.

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