There are a number of grants available to local community groups. A prestigious, annually awarded Honorary Burgess recognises a local individual whose efforts within the community deserve special recognition.
Grants and Awards
Three types of grants are available from the Town Council, with awards ranging from £250 upwards. One example of a recent grant is that made to Friends of Tiddenfoot Waterside park for planting of new trees and provision of a new noticeboard at the park (see picture top left).
General Grants can be used for specific projects to benefit the community, which can be completed within twelve months. General grants are up to a maximum of £500 (£250 for start-up organisations). General grant applications are considered twice per year, in April/May and in November. The next deadline for General Grants applications is Friday 27th April 2018.
Guaranteed Grants for amounts over £500 per year are available for a four-year period. Applications for the four-year period 2016-2020 were reviewed and approved by the Council in 2016. A number of local organisations will benefit from this funding, enabling the continued provision of events and services in and around the town. Applications for four year Guaranteed Grants are now closed.
The Town Council established a scheme in 2007 to recognise the voluntary efforts of individuals who have served a wide sector of the community.
Each year, up to three individuals (nominated by members of the public) may be awarded the title of “Honorary Burgess of Leighton-Linslade”. Recipients are awarded an engraved badge and a scroll by the Town Mayor at a presentation ceremony, usually held in March of each year. There is also a display board in the Council Chamber containing a list of all those who have received the award to date.
On 8th March 2017, The Town Mayor presented the 2017 award to Dave Edwards and Malcolm Chaney in recognition of their many years of voluntary service to the benefit of the town.
To be eligible for the award, candidates must have completed at least seven years of voluntary service which benefits the town or some vulnerable community within the town. Those who are serving Councillors (or were Members of the previous Council term) may not receive the award. The receipt of other honours does not disqualify the nomination, but the award is primarily intended for otherwise unrecognised service(s).
Nominations are accepted from June to October each year, with a final decision made by Council in the following January. The procedure and nomination form can be found below. The closing date for nominations for the 2019 award is 31 October 2018.
|2019 Nomination Form|
|Honorary Burgess procedure|