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.
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.
Grants Update 2018
The Town Council’s Grants & Awards Sub-Committee met on 14th May 2018 and approved General Grants totalling £3,500 for local organisations to undertake specific projects, ranging from creating a wildlife garden, to undertaking historical research, to supporting local Girl guiding units.
The Sub-Committee also awarded grant funding totalling £25,459 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.
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 14th March 2018, The Town Mayor presented the 2018 award to Michael Rowland, Danielle Harding and Margaret Brown in recognition of their many years of voluntary service to the benefit of the town.