Doing What Matters (DWM) Community Grants Fund
The Council’s community strategy recognised four key priorities by which it wanted to lead and collaborate in its work with local people and communities:
- To help local people connect with each other and their wider community.
- To shift more control of local decisions to communities.
- To challenge inequality where it exists for people and communities.
- To do things differently in communities.
In order to meet these priorities, the council has established three new funds for people, communities and the local organisations that support them, to bid for, to effect change and improve wellbeing for people across Devon.
It is anticipated that these funds, alongside a range of matched funding from local people and partners, will support local projects and initiatives.
Each year the council will highlight a key local priority, around which bids will be particularly welcome.
Currently, bids to understand and address loneliness and isolation across generations and communities in Devon will be prioritised.
The Council’s funding will be used alongside its wider funding and delivery of key services to improve wellbeing for people and how our communities collaborate and co-exist.
The Council hopes to support bids that help people to build relationships and connections locally, across all age groups, help people become more physically active, take notice of their local environment or to develop opportunities for culture, creativity or learning, to support giving across local people and communities, including volunteering, and to make people feel safer locally.
Doing What Matters Community Grant Fund
The Doing What Matters (DWM) Community Grant Fund has been designed by the Devon County Council Business Support and Innovation Team in conjunction with the Communities Team to support not for private profit organisations to deliver projects which meet the strategic aim of the DWM Scheme. This is one of the funds outlined above.
Find out more
More information, including how to apply, is at Doing What Matters Grant Fund.
Table 1. The table below shows a summary of the projects to which funds have been awarded since the launch of the fund in May 2019.
|Successful Applicant||Project – Activity Summary|
Tune in Together (Come together: Make Music Together)
|They would like work with youth centres and young people suffering from mental health issues, helping them to address feelings of anxiety, loneliness and distress. The applicant will work with community partners/schools to identify venues where young people can meet older groups will make music together and learn about each other’s lives. In addition, they would like to start a music-based mother and baby group for new parents and run a singing for wellbeing festival.|
|Initiate arts partnerships with groups of vulnerable young people in settings (e.g. youth clubs, voluntary sector organisations, respite care, non-formal education, schools). Deliver workshops and exhibitions|
Volunteer mentoring project
|This project will ensure that young people utilising accommodation services have the offer of support from a volunteer mentor in order to be better connected with their community, reducing the isolation|
Bringing Communities together via ‘Craftfulness’
|Textile and craft themed workshops, exhibitions and videos telling the stories to understand how textiles and craft bring people together.|
Double Elephant Print Workshop
Kick Start Your Creativity
Developmental art-making programmes for mental health service users who will be new to printmaking.
Horsemanship for Health
Wisdom, Wonder & Wellbeing For life
|To improve the mental wellbeing of individuals providing a series of social education workshops facilitated with horses.|
Volunteering in Health
|This project will employ a part-time Wellbeing Co-ordinator to meet lonely and isolated clients and assess their needs|
Thelma Hulbert Gallery (THG)
Hulbert house volunteer project
|To make the opportunity of volunteering with THG more accessible to volunteers with additional needs.|
Resilient women spectrum project
|Project supports vulnerable women (approx. 100) with complex needs that have developed due to their life circumstances. Circumstances include mental health, homelessness, loneliness due to isolation, domestic violence, sexual abuse and recovery from persecution.|
The Filo Project (TFP) West Devon expansion
|Provision of day care for people with early/moderate dementia who live in the West Devon community. Hosts collect each client from the client’s home, and then take them back to the host’s own home, where they spend the day and provide a home cooked hot lunch.|
Volunteer mentoring project
|This project will ensure that young people utilising accommodation services have the offer of support from a volunteer mentor in order to be better connected with their community, reducing the isolation which can occur living in supported accommodation.|
TRIP Community Transport Association Link to TRIP brochure
|This will be in one of TRIP’s accessible minibuses that will pick up door-to-door and take service users out for the day and ensure, not only that they get out and socialise, but they get a hot meal.|
Lifeworks Charity Ltd.
The Ordinary / Extraordinary Project
|To enable learning disabled young people living in rural isolation to connect, be active, take notice and give.|
North Devon Forum for Autistic Spectrum Conditions and ADHD
Social activities for people with Autistic Spectrum Disorders and their Carers. Connecting them to each other and their community.
Action East Devon
Honiton Mental Health Friendly Town
|Mental Health Support for Young People in Honiton.|
St Sidwell’s Centre
The participatory place project.
|Inclusive space for community socials and connecting people.|
Free Moovement UK CIC
Freemoovement – Light (Flight) – Freewheelin’
|Promoting community exercise and community engagement.|
Ubuntu Counselling Services
Diversity meets mainstream
|Building bridges between communities of different backgrounds.|
The Devon Carousel Project
Music and Mindfulness
Engagement of community through music.
Moorland Community Care Group
Friends out and about
|An outreach project to bring people out of their homes and into the community.|
Total Cost of these projects : £338,898 Total Grant Value : £235,811.