Our Community Legacy Grant scheme is for innovative, ambitious capital projects that meet local needs and that will create a significant community legacy. The scheme can also provide start-up funding for smaller, innovative projects that address local need.
Since we launched the grants in 2018, we have awarded just over £4million to 31 parish and town councils for 40 projects across the district.
Projects supported include an augmented reality smartphone app to support tourism in Droitwich Spa, renovation of the Evesham Lock island building and a community hub incorporating a café and shop in Tibberton.
The grants have enabled brand new village halls to be built at Honeybourne and Whittington and many other village halls to undergo much-needed transformations. In Badsey our grant supported the creation of new allotments, an orchard and a burial ground. In Crowle we helped fund a community wellbeing space to meet residents’ diverse needs.
Next round of the scheme
We will be running another round of the Wychavon Community Legacy Grant scheme in 2024.
Once again applications for a slice of the £1million available will be open to all parish and town councils. There will be a more targeted approach than in previous rounds with priority given to:
- Applications from parishes that have not previously received a Community Legacy Grant and that have experienced high levels of housing growth.
- Parishes where there are significant gaps in key community assets.
- Ambitious projects that will have a significant and lasting impact on one or more of our strategic goals - particularly health and wellbeing, supporting people most in need, tackling climate change, access to local transport and links between places or improving the natural environment.
Expressions of interest will open in early 2024, giving parish and town councils a long lead in time for project development, supported by our communities team.
If you’d like to find out more about round five of the Community Legacy Grant scheme, please contact Tracy Perkins.
The £1million scheme will be financed by the unspent funds from the previous rounds of the Community Legacy Grants and our previous New Homes Bonus scheme with the remainder from our New Homes Bonus reserve.