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Sources of grant funding

NEW: Doing What Matters Community Grant Scheme available

In line with DCC’s strategic priorities and challenges, the focus of the 2019/20 Doing What Matters Community Grant Scheme is connecting people in a positive, fulfilling and inclusive way; tackling and reducing loneliness and undesired isolation in all their forms and across all age groups.

The Council intends the fund to be utilised for bids which help:

  • to build relationships and connections locally, across all age groups
  • people become more physically active
  • people take notice of their local environment
  • to develop opportunities for culture, creativity or learning
  • to support giving across local people and communities, including volunteering
  • to make people feel safer locally

The Grant Fund for 2019-20: £300k.

Maximum Grant: £20,000 per non-repeatable project applications.

Minimum Grant: £5,000 per non-repeatable project applications.

Intervention Rate: 75% therefore match-funding required minimum 25% of project costs.

Find out more on the scheme and how to apply.

NEW: Making the Connection Grant Funding – Now closed for 2019-20, but opening again March 2020, subject to Council approval of 2020-21 Budget.

The fund provides small, one-off non-repeatable, grants of up to £300 to support community-led ideas and initiatives across the area of Devon administered by Devon County Council. No match funding is required.

NEW: Crowdfund Devon Pilot

Devon County, West Devon Borough, East, Torridge and Teignbridge District Councils as well as Exeter City Council and the Devon & Cornwall Police, are all working with Crowdfunder, on a Crowdfund Devon pilot partnership to help build opportunities for local community projects to raise funds to help their local projects get off the ground.

Crowdfunding is a way of raising money from people who are happy to donate it to good causes, or it’s given in return for some sort of reward later on. It’s an idea that has grown in popularity each year, along with other alternative ways of raising cash.

Collectively, Devon’s councils already give thousands of pounds each year to support community groups and to help kick-start local projects that make a positive difference for residents.

The Crowdfund Devon pilot partnership is enabling the County Council, East, West, Torridge, Teignbridge and Exeter City Councils and the police, to explore crowdfunding as an alternative way to support communities and to see if bringing together their funds with those of the public and other funders will make a greater impact; making the things that matter locally a reality for more communities.

Further information on the crowdfunding projects that Devon County Council has supported so far through the Crowdfund Devon pilot can be viewed on the Crowdfunder website.

Locality budget

Each county councillor has a locality budget of £10,000 per year to enable them to respond to local needs in their divisions, supporting projects or activities that benefit the communities they represent.

Devon for Everyone is a small grants budget which can be used to support activities which challenge inequality and celebrate diversity.

The Highway Maintenance Community Enhancement fund aims to help communities enhance their local area by providing financial assistance, as well as encouraging collaborative working between towns, parishes and voluntary and community groups. The fund has been created following the implementation of the Road Warden and Community Self Help schemes. Initial applications should detail the type of work that will be undertaken along with the overall benefit to the community.

The Parish Paths Partnership Scheme (P3) is a partnership between the County Council, town and parish councils and voluntary groups. The aim is to use local resources, knowledge and skills to monitor and maintain public rights of way whilst making sure they are used in a responsible way. The County Council pay a grant to parishes for planned maintenance projects and path clearance.

The Community Impact Support Scheme (CISS) is now closed but was a new business support and funding mechanism aimed at organisations within the social economy. It had a grant-making budget of £450,000 over 2 years. Through investing in the work of the social economy the scheme’s intention was to help address the needs arising from welfare reform and wider public sector cuts by promoting independence and self-reliance in communities.

Devon Funding News provides the latest information on grants and loans to support enterprise and innovation in Devon.

Awards for All England gives groups an easy way to get small Lottery grants of between £300 and £10,000. The fund aims to support projects which address the issues, needs and aspirations of local communities and people. It will fund a wide range of community projects aimed at developing skills, improving health, revitalising the local environment and enabling people to become more active citizens.

Reaching Communities England is for projects that help people and communities most in need. Grants are available from £10,000 upwards and funding can last for up to five years. If you think you need more than £500,000 you must call before you apply to discuss why you believe a larger project is appropriate. There is no upper limit for total project costs. The scheme can fund salaries, running costs, a contribution towards core costs and equipment. It can also fund up to £100,000 for land, buildings or refurbishment capital costs.

The Arts Council England operates several funds, including a small capital fund worth £32.5 million for 2015-18, a Grants for the Arts Libraries Fund, and a Museum Resilience Fund.

The Heritage Lottery Fund supports a range of project types, as long as they make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities.