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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

The fund will reopen in April 2018 to new applications.

TAP Fund for North Devon 2017-18

The TAP fund is now closed for applications.

The fund will reopen in 2018 under a new name.  Look out for the Communities Together Fund.  Please check our website regularly for updates.




Women’s Vote Centenary Grant Scheme – Round 2 deadline 18th May 2018

The Women’s Vote Centenary Grant Scheme is a 1.5 million pound government fund that will support local and community groups across England in celebrating the centenary of women gaining the right to vote.

The grant scheme has two types of funds:

  1. Approximately 150 Small Grants of between 300 and 2000 pounds for grassroots projects to run small-scale events and activities to celebrate the centenary of women gaining the vote. There will be three bidding rounds during 2018.
  2. Up to 30 Large Grants of between 2000 and 125,000 pounds. These will fund projects that increase the understanding of, and engagement with, democracy, and encourage women to participate in public life. There will be two bidding rounds during 2018.

Both funds are open to organisations and activities in England only. Each of the devolved administrations has been provided additional funding to celebrate the centenary in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and are making their own arrangements.

Round 2 is now openfor projects between 2,000 and 65,000 pounds.

Please consult their online guidance and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to plan your activity. There is also a model application form for guidance purposes so you can find out what information you need in order to apply.

Please read the application form, guidance and Frequently Asked Questions carefully before you apply to make sure that you and your project idea are eligible for the fund. There is also a model application form so you can find out what information you need in order to apply. Please use this form for guidance only. You must apply through the application portal at womensvotecentenaryfund.flexigrant.com/login

They aim to let you know the outcome of your application within 4 weeks of submission. Please make sure you apply in sufficient time before the date you need to start your project.


The National Churches Trust – Community Grants – Next deadline 2nd July 2018 for a decision in Nov 2018.

The National Churches Trust has a number of grant schemes on offer, of which the Community Grant Scheme is just one.

Grants of 5,000 to 25,000 pounds are available towards the costs of projects, including kitchens and accessible toilets, to enable increased community use of places of worship.

To be eligible these must apply:

  • Is yours a Christian place of worship (but not a cathedral) in the UK, open for regular public worship?
  • Do you own the building or have the right to carry out the work?
  • Was your place of worship built as a place of worship originally, and are the works proposed due to take place within or attached to it?
  • Is the building open to the public for a minimum of 40 days a year beyond worship?
  • Is your total project cost estimated at over 25,000 pounds (including VAT and fees)?
  • Have you already raised 50 percent of the total project cost?
  • Is the project being led by a qualified professional, with conservation accreditation, if it is a listed building?
  • Have you got all necessary permissions approved and in place?

To find out more, and to apply, visit their site: www.nationalchurchestrust.org/


Peter Cruddas Foundation – 2 deadlines per year – 1st March and 1st September

The Peter Cruddas Foundation gives to UK registered charities for programmes designed to help disadvantaged and disengaged young people in the age range of 14 to 30. Funds must be used pursue pathways to education, training and employment with the ultimate aim of helping them to become financially independent.

Small grants (each usually under 5,000 pounds) are available to help disadvantaged young people to access education, training and employment.

Applications are considered twice a year and should be received by 1 March or 1 September.

Registered charities in England and Wales can apply. This is a fairly small foundation which makes around 30 grants a year.

They can be contacted on 0203 003 8360 or email s.cox@petercruddasfoundation.org.uk

Further details of how to apply can be found on their website www.petercruddasfoundation.org.uk


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NDVS Workshop Programme

17 April - Social Media for Voluntary Organisations. Are you making the most of social media communication channels?  Have you embraced social media or are you concerned about how to use it?  What happens to your posts after they are put in the public domain?  Bring your laptop and have a go!  Delivered by Lyn Winter

15 May -  Difficult Conversations - Managing Underperformance. How do you deal with a member of staff who is consistently underperforming?  We'll look at tools and methods to give you confidence to challenge underperformance and deal with difficult behaviour and conflict.  Delivered by Hilary Burr

19 June - Legacy Giving. Legacy giving in the UK is usually in the region of two billion pounds per year, with most of that going to the larger charities.  This workshop explores how you can increase your income from legacies.  Delivered by Lyn Winter

All workshops are held at Queen’s House, Barnstaple from 10am to 1pm, and cost 30 pounds per person unless stated differently.  To book your place, please contact admin@ndvs.org.uk.





Go North Devon are holding a Handbag Sale event in their Shop-mobility Centre in Barnstaple (next to the Bus Station). They have had hundreds of handbags donated which will all go on sale during the two day event.

All money raised will go towards the Ring and Ride and Shop-mobility Services. So please head on over to them (between 10AM and 4PM) to get yourself a bargain!