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Grants and Community News


Compiled by the Grants Team at North Devon Council. Email grants@northdevon.gov.uk  or call 01271 388253 

The Communities Together Fund  

Funds are still available from the Communities Together Fund.

It is open to Voluntary and Community groups, Registered Charities, Not-for-profit organisations, Social Enterprises and Town and Parish Councils….

So get those applications in!


Community Councillor Grants  

This fund is currently open to applications but the funds are quickly being awarded. If you would like to apply before the funds have all gone then please

contact the grants team, or use the following link to apply:

Applying for a Community Councillor Grant


Please check our website for details of the schemes, to download an application form, or to apply online. 




The Barnstaple and North Devon Dispensary Fund

The Barnstaple and North Devon Dispensary Fund provides one off grants to people who are sick and poor and who live in the North Devon area.

Grants are provided on a named person basis for non-recurring funding for a specific purpose. This could include equipment, help with travel to and from a distant hospital, funding for holidays and items of clothing and bedding.

Referrals should be made via Health, Social Service or Voluntary worker. All requests are considered individually according to merit and need, so please do not hesitate to get in touch if such a need arises.

Please contact Mrs C A Ford, Clerk to the Trustees, on 01271 831551 or email bandddf@gmail.com


National Lottery Awards for All – Applications at any time

Awards of between 300 pounds to 10,000 pounds are available to support projects which matter to people and communities.

You can apply if your organisation is a voluntary or community organisation, registered charity, constituted group or club, not-for-profit company or community interest company, social enterprise, school, or statutory body (including town, parish and community council).

National Lottery Awards for All has three funding priorities. Applications must meet at least one of them.

The priorities are

• bringing people together and building strong relationships in and across communities, and • improving the places and spaces that matter to communities

• enabling more people to fulfil their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage.

It’s important that you involve your community in the design, development and delivery of the activities you’re planning. Awards for All feel that your project or activity will be more successful as a result.

They encourage you to watch a short video (available on their site) as it may be helpful in explaining how to involve your community in the design, development and delivery of the activities you are planning.

Visit: https://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/funding/programmes/national-lottery-awards-for-all-england 


Trusthouse Charitable Foundation

Funding of up to 60,000 pounds is available from the Trusthouse Charitable Foundation for Community Centres in deprived urban communities and village halls in remote and economically deprived rural areas.

Grants can be used to fund new buildings, upgrading, renovating or extending buildings, improving or creating outside space (but not car parks).

All applicants must have secure 50 percent of the total cost of the works and have local community funding underway.

Grants will be made to projects centred on ‘community centres’ in the broad sense. This may include a church, sports facility or other building which offers a range of activities throughout the week which all the community can access.

It is expected that the completed venue will provide a range of activities for all ages and abilities which help to promote community cohesion and address local problems of isolation, poverty, lack of local facilities, transport and other issues of relevance to the area in which the centre is located.

The Foundation is particularly interested in innovative schemes to bring back disused buildings into full community use, i.e. as community hubs, shops and activity venues. Traditional Village Halls are also supported.

Applications may be submitted at any time and should show that, in urban areas, the venue is in the most deprived 20 percent of the latest Government Indices of Multiple Deprivation, or, in rural areas, in the most deprived 50 percent of the Indices.

For more information visit: www.trusthousecharitablefoundation.org.uk/grants


Eranda Rothschild Foundation

The Eranda Rothschild Foundation is a UK registered charitable trust and makes donations to registered charities working in the fields of medical research, education and the arts.

They consider applications from universities and other charities to support young professionals in fields including medicine, science and business. We support disadvantaged young people and apprenticeships.

They support original research and the continuation of existing research. Welfare is also considered under the medical theme and their priority is to support work well known to the Trustees. They support the education and outreach work of arts charities and prioritise work which is well known to the Foundation.

For more information, and to make your application, visit: https://www.erandarothschild.org/apply/


The Ernest Cook Trust

The Ernest Cook Trust provides grants to UK registered charities, state schools and not-for-profit organisations to encourage projects relating to learning from the land.  The Trustees have agreed that it focus its grant giving activity on inspiring young people to achieve better educational and life outcomes by learning from the land.

Projects that fall within the categories of arts, literacy and STEM remain welcome, but must demonstrate a clear link to learning from the land in their application. All applications are expected to link in with either the National Curriculum or with recognised qualifications. A large grants programme for awards of up to 12,000 pounds and a small grants programme for awards of under 4,000 pounds operate throughout the year.

The small grants programme supports state schools and small registered charities which would like to undertake projects which meet the Trust's objectives and require a small amount of pump-priming in order for such projects to take place.

The large grants programme is aimed at more comprehensive education programmes. These sometimes require support for the salary of, for example, an education officer. In such cases, the Trust would always expect to be a part-funder. The range of the programme is wide; over the years education projects linked to theatres, art galleries, museums and orchestras have been supported, as have those covering a wide range of environmental and countryside projects.

Meetings to consider applications for the small grants programme take place every two months throughout the year. The full Board of Trustees meets twice a year, in April and September, to consider grants in excess of 4,000 pounds. There is no specific closing date and suitable applications are allocated to the next available meeting.Due to high demand, applicants are advised to submit an application at least six months ahead of the project start date.

Applications for the spring meeting (which usually takes place in mid-April) must be received by the Trust by 31 January. Applications for the autumn meeting (which takes place in September) must be received by the Trust by 31 July.

There are no application forms. All applicants are asked to post a covering letter on the official headed paper of the applicant organisation and also include the following:

Up to two additional sheets of A4 describing the organisation, outlining the project and specifying its educational elements and the way in which it fits in with the interests of the Trust

For further information visit their website http://ernestcooktrust.org.uk/grants/

Or Contact the Trust by phone or email at 01285 712492 grants@ernestcooktrust.org.uk


That bit at the end!

Have you got the Councillor Factor?

  • Are you passionate about your community?

  • Are you keen to promote your neighbourhood’s needs?

If so – you could be just the person to highlight them by becoming North Devon Councillor.

To find out about standing as a councillor candidate please come along to our free information event on:

Tuesday 5th February 2019, 6.15pm, at the Brynsworthy Environment Centre, Barnstaple EX31 3NS.   Please email memberservices@northdevon.gov.uk for more details, or just turn up on the evening.

For the information booklet please visit https://www.northdevon.gov.uk/council/voting-and-elections/election-diary/

We look forward to meeting you.


The Grants team at North Devon Council would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

The team will be unavailable from 12noon on Friday 21st December 2018

…. but will be back again on Wednesday 2nd January 2019.