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Doing What Matters (DWM) Community Grants Fund

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A decision has just been made for the temporary deployment of the Doing What Matters Grant Fund to offer grants to eligible organisations to support and mobilise the communities impacted by COVID-19.

We hope that we will be able to revert back a version of DWM once things return to normal.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at Doing what matters mailbox


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.

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 2020-21 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.
  • 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.

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


Arts partnerships

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
Young Devon
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

Significant Seams

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.

Double Elephant Printmaking Course

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.

CoLab Exeter

Resilient women spectrum project  Link to Resilient Women YouTube video

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

Link to The Filo Project

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.

Young Devon

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

Winter Friendship

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.

Ordinary Extraordinary Festival Report 2019 FINAL

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 Support

Social activities for people with Autistic Spectrum Disorders and their Carers. Connecting them to each other and their community.

Tapeley Park 23 October 2019

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 

Exeter Mosque Open Day 28th March ’20

Diversity meets mainstream

Building bridges between communities of different backgrounds.

The Devon Carousel Project

Music and Mindfulness

Engagement of community through music.

Link to Devon carousel Project

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 : £250,957.07  Total Grant Value :  £171,980.01

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