Two types of grants are available from the Town Council, with awards ranging from £250 upwards.
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.
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. Twelve local organisations currently benefit from this funding, enabling the continued provision of events and services in and around the town.
We are now inviting applications for both General Grants for 2020-21 and Guaranteed Grants for the four-year period 2020-2024. The deadline for applications for both schemes will be Friday, 24 April 2020 for consideration at a meeting of the Grants & Awards Sub-Committee on Monday, 11 May 2020.
The Town Council’s Grants & Awards Sub-Committee has met twice during 2019 and approved General Grants totalling £10,000 for local organisations to undertake specific projects of benefit to the local community. Projects have included: planting of trees, provision of equipment and activity days for those with additional needs, communications training, health and wellbeing activities, equipment for a scout group and support for a weekly lunch club for the homeless.
The Sub-Committee also awarded grant funding totalling £26,300 for 12 local organisations as part of the ongoing Guaranteed Grants Scheme. These monies are designed to help support local organisations and charities including Buzzer Bus, Macmillan Cancer Care, Home-Start, Voluntary and Community Action South Bedfordshire, Leighton-Linslade Sports Council and others.
Beyond this, the Town Council is proud to support Leighton-Linslade Citizens Advice and Leighton-Linslade Music Centre with grant funding to allow them to maintain their services to the local community.
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 here.
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.
Nominations for 2020 have now closed and a decision will be made by Council on 27 January 2020 on the nominations received. Presentations of the 2020 award will be made at the Civic Service at All Saints Church on Sunday, 23 February 2020.
Following changes in legislation, the 2020 awards will be the final Honorary Burgess presentations made. A new scheme, the Leighton-Linslade Community Volunteer awards, will be launching in 2021 – further information to follow.