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 types of projects to be funded could include purchase of equipment, training of volunteers, marketing activity or subsidising a trip or visit.
Organisations related to the arts should apply direct to the Leighton-Linslade Arts Forum and sports related organisations should apply direct to the Leighton-Linslade and District Sports Council. Both umbrella organisations receive annual funding from the Town Council to then distribute grants themselves to local groups.
** Update 23 November 2021**
As there are remaining funds in our 2021-22 budget, we are now inviting a third round of General Grant applications. Applications may be submitted by local voluntary, charity or not-for-profit organisations which have not already received a grant from us during 2021-22. In recognition of the impact of Covid, the Council is willing to consider applications to help with general running costs or resuming pre-Covid activities, rather than specific projects or equipment purchase. The closing date is Friday 4th February 2022, for consideration by committee on 21 February 2022.
General Grants 2021: The Council was delighted to approve applications from a number of local organisations for a range of community projects during 2021. Groups benefitting from grant funding of up to £500 are: the Friends of Tiddenfoot Waterside Park, Buzzcycles, South Bedfordshire Friends of the Earth, Challenging Behaviour Counselling, Leighton Buzzard Mencap, Phoenix Explorer Scouts, KidsOut, Hospice at Home Volunteers, Trefoil Guild and NCT – Leighton Buzzard & District branch.
Guaranteed Grants for amounts over £500 per year are available for a four-year period. Twelve local organisations received this funding for the four year period 2016-2020, enabling the continued provision of events and services in and around the town.
In May 2020, new applications for the four-year period 2020-2024 were considered by committee. Funding was approved for 15 local organisations providing a range of services to residents. The applicants and projects being funded can be seen at the link below.
The Council is also proud to have in place long-term funding agreements with Citizens Advice Leighton-Linslade and the Leighton Buzzard Music Centre.
CALL provides free, impartial, independent advice on a range of subjects to residents in and around Leighton-Linslade. To find out more please visit their website.
The Leighton-Linslade Music Centre runs on a Saturday morning from Vandyke Upper School and offers a range of sessions to existing musicians as well as complete beginners of all ages, including a session for those with additional needs. The Centre is run by Inspiring Music at Central Bedfordshire Council. To find out more please visit their website.
Leighton Linslade Arts Forum
Leighton Linslade Arts Forum on behalf of Leighton Linslade Town Council are pleased to advise that we invite applications for grants from local Arts based organisations. Perhaps we can help you with your recovery plans following the easing of Lockdown or another project that you have in mind. Applications must be received by no later than 11th February 2022.
Your organisation could be eligible for a grant of up to £500 for a specific project if it meets the required criteria.
An application form and further details can be found at our website www.llaf.uk or details can be sent to someone that you nominate by emailing email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org. The closing date for this round of applications is 11th February 2022. All applications will be considered at a committee meeting scheduled for late February.
Community Volunteer Awards scheme
Leighton-Linslade Town Council is thrilled to announce the launch of its new Community Volunteer Awards scheme, to thank and recognise those who have given at least five years of voluntary service to the benefit of the town.
At its meeting held 25 January 2021, Council agreed to present three awards for 2021. On Friday, 11 June Town Mayor Cllr Farzana Kharawala was delighted to be able to present the 2021 Community Volunteer Awards to the three recipients: Katrina Boyce, Stuart Clarke and Rosemarie Gunter. The awards recognise those who have volunteered for the benefit of the community for a number of years and would ordinarily be presented at the annual Civic Service.
Nominations for the 2022 awards closed on 31st October and are now being processed. Nominations for 2023 will be invited from summer 2022.
The Town Council established a scheme in 2007 to recognise the voluntary efforts of up to three individuals per year who have served a wide sector of the community. Recipients awarded the title of “Honorary Burgess of Leighton-Linslade” receive an engraved badge and a scroll at a presentation ceremony as well as having their names added to a board in the Council Chamber at the White House.
At a meeting of Leighton-Linslade Town Council held on 27 January 2020, it was unanimously agreed to present the 2020 Honorary Burgess award to Mary Cheshire and John Halstead. Mary was nominated for her work litter picking along the river in all weathers and John was nominated for his many years as a local school governor, his involvement in the Town Twinning Forum and his years as a member of the Rotary Club of Leighton-Linslade. The awards were presented by Town Mayor Councillor David Bowater at the well attended annual Civic Service, which took place at All Saints Church on Sunday, 23 February 2020.
The 2020 awards mean that a total of 28 “unsung heroes” have received the Honorary Burgess award since its inception. All recipients have undertaken at least 5 years of voluntary service to the benefit of our town – and in many cases, significantly longer. However, a change in legislation regarding parish council powers in recent years means that 2020 will be the final year of the Honorary Burgess award in its current form. The same legislation permitted the Town Council to award its first ever Honorary Freeman award to Mr Walter (Wally) Randall in November 2019. The Honorary Freeman is now the only civic award the Town Council is empowered to give.
Leighton-Linslade Town Council voted unanimously at an extraordinary meeting held on Monday, 14 October 2019 to confer the title of Honorary Freeman of the parish on Mr Walter (Wally) Randall.
Mr Randall is the first ever resident of the town to be given this title, which was presented by Town Mayor Councillor David Bowater after the annual Remembrance Day Parade on Sunday, 10 November 2019.
The suggestion to confer the title on Mr Randall was made in recognition of his years of voluntary service to the community. On being told of the honour, Mr Randall said “I am delighted and honoured to be receiving this title from the Town Council”.
Read more about the Honorary Freeman presentation.