Doing What Matters (DWM) Community Grants Fund

Doing What Matters logoBackground

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.

This year bids to understand and address loneliness and isolation across generations and communities in Devon will be prioritised (2019-2020).

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

On 31.10.19, the DWM decision making board decided on the following amendments:

  • Projects no longer need to be completed by 31 March 2020.
  • The timeline for any proposal should be limited to 12 months.
  • Up to 20% of the total project costs can be existing project management costs.

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.

Information detailing the two other funding streams, under this initiative can be found here.

  • The Doing What Matters Grants Fund has a total revenue grant fund for 2019-20 of £300k. Revenue expenditure only (i.e. day to day running costs of a project – not including the purchase of any capital asset e.g. equipment).
  • Maximum grant award: £20,000 per non-repeatable project applications.
  • Minimum grant award: £5,000.
  • Intervention rate: 75%, therefore, match-funding required minimum 25% of project costs.

Find out more

More information, including how to apply, is at Doing What Matters Grant Fund.



The privacy notice for the DWM Community Grants Fund can be viewed here.