There are a number of grants available to local community groups. Please explore this page to find out more.
A prestigious, annually awarded Honorary Burgess recognises a local individual whose efforts within the community deserve special recognition.
Grants and Awards
Leighton-Linslade Town Council set aside £150,000 to help existing organisations expand the capacity of their work to the benefit of children and young people aged 11 to 19 years in the Parish of Leighton Buzzard and Linslade.
APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED
We are delighted to have awarded 12 grants since the launch of the grant in winter 2017, which is ahead of our programmed time with applications being considered on a ‘first come; first served’ basis. The grants awarded have ranged from £2,270 up to £30,000, the maximum amount.
Applicants have financially invested too. They are required to give a minimum of 10% cash match funding to the grant funded activity and one group are investing 14.2% to ensure they secured their grant.
The 12 recipient organisations have until 31 March 2019 to delivery their activities. Following this date, they have two-months to submit their final grant monitory report to the Town Council.
All recipients had to have been in existence for a minimum of two years as the investment aimed to support existing dedicated organisations who need a bit more support to help expand their activities, improve the quality of what they do, develop capacity to deliver and to increase membership where viable. These four aims were embedded in the application criteria and whilst not all applicants had to respond to all four aims, many of them did and will work to achieve their delivery targets to these ends.
Cllr Steve Cotter, Chair of the Cultural & Economic Services Committee overseeing the grant fund said, “Committee very much looks forward to seeing the results of our investment.”
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.
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 totaling £3,500 for local organisations to undertake specific projects, ranging from creating a wildlife garden, to undertaking historical research, to supporting local Girlguiding units. The Sub-Committee also awarded grant funding totaling £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.
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.