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

Strategic Fund deadline fast approaching!

The Communities Together fund is open.

Get your applications to the Strategic Fund (Voluntary and Community groups, Registered Charities, Not-for-profit organisations and Social Enterprises) to us now as the deadline is spookily close - 31st October 2018.

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



National Marine Aquarium Ltd

Conservation project grants help fund science-based projects but could equally be based around arts or drama projects – as long as they make a contribution to raising awareness of the marine environment.

Grants awarded so far have ranged from 1200 to 5000 pounds. Applications will be screened by the National Marine Aquarium for compliance with the criteria set out in the grant guidelines.  If applications pass this stage they are passed onto the Trustee Board for consideration.  There is a strict deadline for receipt of applications which must be received three weeks prior to the Trustees meeting.  Deadline dates for 2019 are:

  • 27th May 2019 by 5pm, for the Board meeting of 20th June 2019
  • 28th October 2019 by 5pm, for the Board meeting of 21st November 2019

The priority themes for awards in 2019 are for UK based projects that link to VR and digital technologies. We are also interested to receive applications that strive to connect people with seagrass habitats around the world. There will also be opportunities for international grants over the next three years. 

Visit their website to download an application form, and guidance information, National Marine Aquarium

For further information email liz.cole@national-aquarium.co.uk.

Music for All – Music in the Community Grants – deadline 1st November 2018

The Music in the Community Grants programme is aimed at community groups, schools, charitable organisations and individuals in the UK that require financial support to fulfil their potential in developing truly sustainable music programmes. Priority will be given to applicants who are most in need of help.

Funding is available for musical instrument costs, using music to break down barriers, providing a variety of educational opportunities as well as helping to find ways to integrate many diverse and minority groups positively into society.

Grants awarded are typically around 2500 pounds and there is no requirement for match funding.

The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Retrospective costs
  • Applicants based outside of the UK

For more information about the programme and an application form visit their website, Music For All

Applications must be posted to the Music for All office and all applications will be acknowledged in writing.

Please send applications to the following address, Music for All, Bailey House, 4 – 10 Barttelot Road, Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 1DQ.


That bit at the end…..

Have you got a community based project that needs funding? – a date for your diary

A crowdfund Devon training workshop is being run by Crowdfunder.co.uk (the number 1 community crowdfunding platform), at Filleigh Village Hall on Thursday 27th September 2018 from 3 pm to 5 pm.

People wishing to attend can use the Eventbrite link below to book a free place – on a first come first served basis.

The Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/crowdfund-devon-training-event-tickets-49326049542

This event is for community groups and organisations in Devon who are interested in crowdfunding and keen to learn more about the extra funding available through'Crowdfund Devon'.

For the first time, Crowdfund Devon has brought together 7 different funding partners to support Devon based projects who are making a positive impact in their community.  These partners are; Devon County Council, Devon and Cornwall Police, West Devon Borough Council, Teignbridge District Council, East Devon District Council, Exeter City Council, and Torridge District Council.

This is a free opportunity for people to come along with their ideas and work through their project plans and find out more about how Crowdfunding could work for them.

Topics to be covered:

• Introducing Crowdfunder

• What is crowdfunding?

• Benefits of crowdfunding

• What makes a good crowdfunding project?

• Three steps to success

• Accessing advice and support

 Burton Art Gallery – Bideford

 Peter Rabbit: Mischief and Mayhem exhibition launches on 6th October 2018

On Saturday 6th October 2018 bunnies will be bouncing all over the Burton, as Peter Rabbit™hops, skips and jumps right off the page in an interactive exhibition about Beatrix Potter’s most famous creation.

A new exhibition featuring rarely seen original illustrations and early manuscripts by Beatrix Potter from The Tale of Peter Rabbit will open at the Burton at Bideford, Kingsley Road, Bideford, EX39 2QQ, with a day full of family fun and adventure. Developed in partnership with Penguin Ventures (part of Penguin Random House) and The River and Rowing Museum, the Peter Rabbit: Mischief and Mayhem exhibition runs until January 14th 2019, on its National Tour.

  •        Exhibition: Peter Rabbit™: Mischief and Mayhem
  •        Dates: October 6, 2018 – January 14, 2019
  •        Opening party: October 6, 10:30am – 3:30pm

We would love you to join us for the opening party on Saturday 6th October 2018 where we will be inviting visitors to attend the launch dressed as their favourite Beatrix Potter bunny, there will be creative, crafty activities for children and snuggly storytelling sessions.  

For more information and to confirm your attendance at the opening please ring 01237 471455.