EAST Devon District Council has funding of up to £5,000 available for village halls, community shops and other community buildings in rural areas.

The grants can be used to help refurbish, improve or even build village halls, community shops and community buildings in rural areas (those in towns are not eligible). These grants have been available from EDDC for some years, but have previously been administered by the Community Council of Devon.

Successful projects in the past have included improvements to the stage at Clyst St Mary Village Hall, re-roofing at Poltimore Village Hall and kitchen and toilet upgrades at Woodbury Village Hall.

Match funding You can apply for a maximum of £5,000 and there must be match funding available of at least twice the amount of the funding from other sources plus local fund-raising. So, for a grant of £5,000 you would need to show that you can obtain £10,000 from elsewhere.

The closing dates are 30 July 2014 and 28 November 2014.