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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 

Community Councillor Grants from North Devon Council

Each of our District Councillors is allocated 1,000 pounds per year to help address the issues, needs and aspirations of local communities through projects or services run by community groups and voluntary organisations. 

Grants are available for voluntary and community groups, sports clubs and not-for-profit organisations that benefit the residents or environment of North Devon. 

This fund closes on 31st January 2018 and any grants awarded must be claimed by 14th March 2018.

Time is running out but some funding is still available so we recommend that you get your applications in as soon as possible.

You can find the guidance notes and the application form at www.northdevon.gov.uk/grants  


TAP Fund for North Devon 2017-18

Devon County Council and North Devon Council are working together to allocate a sum of money to be available in grants to Towns, Parishes and Community Groups in North Devon, equivalent to 1.10 pounds per head of electorate in the District.

The Fund aims to develop collaborative working between towns and parishes, and the voluntary and community groups within them.   It is intended to ‘kick-start’ local projects and to encourage local action for projects and services that will make a real difference at community level.

Applications should demonstrate that projects will benefit residents of more than just one parish.   It is also now possible for Towns and Parishes to use the TAP Fund for their own ditch and drainage work, and separate criteria exist for this.

The fund is now open for applications. Please check our site to download the application form, or apply online:



Start Up Loans Company

The Start Up Loans Company is a subsidiary of the British Business Bank. It delivers the Government’s Start Up Loans programme providing finance and support for new and early-stage UK businesses.

The scheme enables individuals looking to start or grow a business in the UK to borrow between 500 pounds and 25000 pounds as a personal loan with a fixed interest rate of 6 percent per annum. All owners or partners in a business can apply individually for up to 25000 pounds, up to a maximum of 100000 pounds per business.

In addition to finance, successful applicants will receive twelve months’ of free mentoring and other support. The Start Up Loans Company also provides free business planning templates and start-up guides which can be downloaded from their website.

For more information visit their website:  www.startuploans.co.uk/home-page


The Weston Anniversary Fund – Open until 30th June 2018

The Garfield Weston Foundation is celebrating 60 years of grant-giving with a one-off additional grant scheme: the Weston Anniversary Fund.

This new scheme is open to applications until 30th June 2018, with the decisions to be made in October 2018. Any grants awarded need to be spent and projects completed by the end of 2020. It is open to UK registered charities, charitable incorporated organisations, places of worship and state schools only.

It is a capital grants scheme that will award grants of up to 150000 pounds to provide new or improve existing community facilities.

Applications may only be made online.

For more details, and to apply, visit anniversary.garfieldweston.org


The Peter Harrison Foundation

The Foundation accepts applications from Community Amateur Sports Club (CASC) across the UK.

They maintain commitment to Opportunities for self-development through participation in sport, including sport for disadvantaged and disabled people.

The Trustees welcome applications for the following types of project: those which provide a focus for skills development and confidence building through the sports, projects that have a strong training and / or educational theme within a sporting activity, projects that provide sporting equipment or facilities for disabled or disadvantaged people, projects with a high degree of community involvement and projects that help to engage children or young people at risk of crime, truancy or addiction.

The foundation requires an initial online application to be completed before the main application is submitted. This can be found at peterharrisonfoundation.org/grant-programme/application-process 


The Leche Trust – deadlines 20th April and 17th August 2018

Grants of up to 5000 pounds are available to UK registered charities, public authorities and public institutions from the Leche Trust's main grants programme. This supports projects in the areas of performing arts and conservation.

Performing Arts

The Trustees support projects that promote excellence in professional performance in music, dance and theatre, with particular emphasis on new work and on the development of young professionals aged 18 or over. Trustees are sympathetic to projects that widen geographical access to the performing arts, for example through festivals and touring.


The Trustees support projects to conserve historic objects, collections and features of buildings and landscapes which date from the Georgian period or earlier. Projects may include acquisition costs and conservation surveys as well as remedial work.

The Trust does not have an application form. Applications may be made by post, or by email to info@lechetrust.org. For full details of the criteria, and how to apply, visit thee Trust’s website: www.lechetrust.org/how-to-apply.htm


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UPDATE - Volunteer Managers Forum - General Data Protection Reform

There has been a change to the date of the Volunteer Managers Forum in February. It will now take place Wednesday 7th February 10 am to 1pm 

The venue remains the same: The Voice Radio Station, Belle Meadow Court, Albert Lane, Barnstaple, North Devon, EX32 8RJ.

Data Protection law reform is coming with the GDPR taking effect from 25th May 2018.

The workshop is FREE and will be delivered by Get up to speed.

Places are limited so please do make sure you book a place by emailing volunteer@ndvs.org.uk