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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 


Application Deadline 30th November 2017

Are you a local organisation that could make use of some funding this year?

Funding is available from North Devon Council to ‘kick-start’ local projects to encourage services that will make a real difference at community level.

Applications are sought for the Strategic Town and Parish Fund (TAP Fund) from registered charities, voluntary and community groups and social enterprises who are working together to benefit the local community.  Projects must benefit two or more locality areas.

Previous grants have been made to The Voice, Clarity, the Samaritans, the Devon Ambulance Response Team and Westward Pathfinder.

The closing date for applications is 30th November 2017 so you need to be quick!  Successful applicants will be notified in early 2018 and will need to complete their projects and claim the funds by the end of March 2018.

The Council works with Devon County Council to allocate funding for capital and revenue projects that will benefit residents of at least two parishes, and meet identified community needs.  Together they make available 1.10 pounds per electorate, of which 1.00 pound is given by Devon County Council and 10pence from North Devon Council.

For more information about the TAP fund contact North Devon Council on 01271 388253 or email grants@northdevon.gov.uk

Applications can be made online, or forms can be downloaded from the Council’s website at www.northdevon.gov.uk/grants.

Apply to the TAP Fund for North Devon

Community Councillor Grants from North Devon Council

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

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.

The fund closes on 31st January 2018 and any grants awarded must be claimed by 14th March 2018.  As the funding is available on a first-come first-served basis it is recommended that you apply as soon as possible.

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


The Addington Fund

The Addington Fund has grants available to helping England and Wales’ farming community. Addington’s roots go back to livestock farms being unable to trade their livestock due to notifiable animal diseases such as Swine Vesicular Disease and Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD).

Since then they have supported working viable farm businesses with short term financial aid as and when a regional or national emergency has arisen, which has caused unanticipated additional expenditure, and where hardship prevails.

Two funds are available: The Trustees’ Discretionary Fund (available in times or regional or national emergency (as explained above)) and the George Stephens Charity (GSG).

The GSC can provide help to farm workers, ie those that are/were employed on a farm, resident in England, or their widows, widowers, children or dependants, whose total weekly income is less than the average current agricultural minimum wage as stated in the Agricultural Minimum Wage Order.

A single grant to a maximum of 350 pounds can be made for the purchase of items such as a washing machine, telephone, lighting, furnishings for the home, shower, bed, etc.

All applications must be submitted through a third party such as a GP, Social Services, British Legion or Farming Community Network. Applicants cannot apply directly and supporting evidence will be required.

The Addington Fund can be contacted at 9 Barford Exchange, Wellesbourne Road, Barford, CV35 8AQ or telephone 01926 620135 or email enquiries@addingtonfund.org.uk


The Hospital Saturday Fund 

This Fund aims to provide assistance within the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland to registered health charities such as hospices, hospitals and medical organisations who are in need of grants. Awards may be made towards care, research, medical projects, the support of medical training and the fund will consider providing grants for running costs.

Individuals with a medical condition or disability who would benefit from assistance with the purchase of specialised equipment or from practical forms of treatment may also apply. 

Two grant categories are available. The standard grants are up to 2000 pounds and large grants are up to 10000 pounds. Whilst standard grants can be towards running costs, the large grants must be for specific projects.

Details of the possibilities within all these areas and how to apply can be found within the guidelines of the scheme on the Hospital Saturday Fund website: www.hospitalsaturdayfund.org/apply-for-a-grant. Application forms must be completed via the website as postal applications are not accepted.

They can me contacted by telephone on 020 7202 1365 or via their contact form: www.hospitalsaturdayfund.org/contact-us


CRASH Charity

CRASH supports building projects for homelessness charities and hospices in the UK through cash grants of 5000 to 50,000 pounds and advice and professional expertise.

Assistance is available where the building in question is used to deliver services to single homeless men and women over the age of 18, or to provide hospice care for people of all ages.

Assistance is provided through professional expertise, advice and expertise from architects, quantity surveyors, project managers and other construction specialists.

Grant funding is available in cases where charities need a small amount of funds to help them complete a specific job within their building, and is offered in combination with professional expertise and building materials.

Applicants must be registered charities with the following:

Homelessness Charities are eligible for support if they own the Freehold on the building, or have a lease with a minimum of 5 years left to run. Hospices are eligible for support if they own the Freehold on the building, or have a lease with a minimum of 10 years left to run.

All Charities applying to CRASH must complete the online application form available on their website: www.crash.org.uk/apply-for-help


The Oliver Ford Foundation

Grants of between 2,500 pounds and 10,000 pounds are available to UK charitable organisations working in the fields of housing, education and people with learning disabilities. There is no requirement for match funding. The majority or awards are around 5,000 pounds.

Applications may be made at any time. To find out more about the scheme and how to apply please contact the Foundation by phone on 0207 831 9222, or by post to Matthew Pintus, The Oliver Ford Foundation, 20 Cursitor Street, London, EC4A 1LT.


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Go North Devon 

Go North Devon is a charity based in Barnstaple who provide the town’s Shop-mobility Service: providing mobility scooters to shoppers for hire on a daily basis. They also provide a ‘Ring and Ride’ service to help the elderly and disabled to get about and help them to keep them mobile.  This organisation provides an invaluable life-line for the community but it relies on volunteers and donations to keep the service running.

How you can help:

Volunteer! - whether you have a few hours or a few days to spare – they are eager to hear from you – perhaps you could help in the reception, the shop, or even driving!


Donate! – your money will help keep these vital local services running.


To find out how you can help please contact Christine or Sharon on 01271 328866

or visit them at Go North Devon