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.

 

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 ApplicantProject – Activity Summary

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

Chudleigh Together

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.

CoLab Exeter

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 expansionProvision 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

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.

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.

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 : £247,745  Total Grant Value :  £172,420.


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