Grants and Awards


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 has set aside £150,000 creating this new grant scheme 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.

Of particular relevance to this scheme is that the aims of the grant fund are that the Council’s investment must secure outputs /outcomes that:

1. Expand the ‘offer’ of positive activities – broaden the activity base permanently.
2. Develop the ‘quality’ of activities and/or delivery.
3. Build delivery ‘capacity’ – skills, qualifications, knowledge and volunteers.
4. Increase membership – reach/serve more children and young people.

How much can be applied for?
Up to £30,000 (Capital / Revenue)

How long is the fund available for?
The application process is open from 15 January 2018 to 30 November 2018 It is a ‘rolling’ grant programme in that you can submit your application as soon as it is ready and we will consider it within two months of us receiving it.

You must be able to complete your project with a year or by 31 March 2019 and funds will be allocated on a first come first served basis, providing all criteria are met.

Youth Grant Promise guidance notes
Youth Grant Promise application form
Youth Grant Promise application form (word version)

To find out more about our Youth Grant Promise, please get in touch with the lead officer Vivien Cannon: 01525 3631924

Community Grants

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.

General Grants guidance notes
General Grants application form

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.

Honorary Burgess
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. 

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