Small Grants Scheme 2018-19

The aim of the Small Grants Scheme is to increase the number of activities and resources that children and young people (0-18) with additional needs/disability and their families can access across Devon.  Click on the questions below for more information.

Small Grants Scheme application form (MS word download)

Small Grants Scheme applications – guidance notes (PDF download)

  • The small grants scheme helps groups who support specific disabilities and groups that help children to become involved in their local community, reduce social isolation and encourage peer groups.  The activities should, where possible, support inclusion into the community and allow children and young people to take part in activities alongside their friends. The scheme also covers funding for young carers to undertake activities with disabled siblings.

    We would like to see the grant being used mainly for activities to support children and families but will consider other applications if appropriate (see ‘What will the scheme fund’ below).

    In 2018/19 there will be two rounds to bid for grants.

    • You can apply to the Small Grants Scheme if you are a:

      • Voluntary or community organisation (predominately parent led)
      • Registered or unregistered charity
      • Co-operative
      • Community Interest Company
      • Not for profit organisation

      Please note that you must have a bank account in the name of the organisation as we cannot pay into an individual’s bank account.

      • We will consider applications from schools but we will not pay for activities or services that schools have a statutory responsibility to provide, for example curriculum based activities, any activity taking place during the school day, or items that are considered as normal family expenditure.  We would expect activities to take place before or after school, at weekends or during school holidays. We will not fund anything set out as a responsibility for Schools under the SEND Code of Practice and will expect activities to support greater inclusion into the community.

        • Organisations can claim up to £5000.  We will consider a larger amount from consortia bids that demonstrate added value.  The scheme can fund:

          • Activities, trips and associated costs, e.g transport
          • Hire of facilities
          • Resources & materials
          • Equipment (less than £2500 per item)
          • Staff & volunteer costs/expenses/training
          • A contribution towards start up costs for new groups
          • Advertising & promotional material (a small contribution will be considered)

          If you are unsure if we will fund your requirements please contact us before you submit your application.

          • The panel will take into account how the funding will help meet the outcomes for the child or young person below:

            • Increased independence
            • Increased opportunities
            • Increased accessibility to services where it is recognised that there is a specific need in the area
            • Improved confidence
            • Life skills
            • Sense of achievement
            • Ensuring the child/young persons’ voice is heard

            The Panel will also take into account:

            • Parental involvement
            • Range of activities for disabled children
            • How the resources or activities enable children to become involved in their local community
            • How feedback from the children and their families are collected and evidenced

            The panel are only able to judge applications on the information received so it is important that you include as much detail as possible on your application form.  Organisations will be informed as to whether they have been successful, partially funded, or unsuccessful once all bids have been evaluated and moderated. The amount of funding agreed will be in relation to the total funding available and the number of applications received.

            • We will assess applications in two rounds during 2018:

              week commencing 11th June 2018 and 3rd December 2018

              Please ensure you submit your application well in advance of your funding requirement and at least two weeks before the assessment time above. Applications will be considered subject to funds available.

              • Following the decision, we will contact you to confirm your application has been successful.

                We may request additional information before making a final decision.

                A Grant Agreement will then be sent to you.

                You must sign and return one copy of this along with an invoice for the agreed amount and send to:

                Devon County Council

                Room 269

                County Hall

                Topsham Road


                EX2 4QD

                or email to and

                Once we receive the signed Grant Agreement and invoice we will attempt to process your payment within 10 days.  Payment can be made by cheque or BACS (please include bank details on your invoice).  Please note that we cannot pay money into an individual’s bank account.



                For more information on the scheme please phone 01392 383000 or email