Grants available for cultural projects and activities in North Devon

People dancing at outdoor event

A new grant that will give local groups, organisations and businesses funds to organise pop-up events, performances, projects and activities in North Devon are now available.

North Devon Council’s ‘Flourishing Culture Grant’ aims to open up the opportunity for creating fun and vibrant cultural experiences in  local communities. This is made possible thanks to the Government's UK Shared Prosperity Fund. 

Formally adopted and launched by North Devon and Torridge District Councils in October 2022, the grants are part of the Flourishing Culture Strategy. The strategy sets out the value that culture brings to northern Devon, the aspiration for what it could be, and some suggested actions for raising the ambition, sustainability and impact of culture in all its forms across the region.

Head of Place, Property and Regeneration for North Devon Council, Sarah-Jane Mackenzie-Shapland said: "I am delighted that, through the Government's UK Shared Prosperity Fund, we are able to offer community groups and businesses the opportunity to fund exciting cultural events in North Devon. Culture is the heartbeat of any community, fostering creativity, connection and joy. It enriches our lives, promotes social cohesion and boosts the local economy by attracting visitors and encouraging participation.

"We strongly encourage you to apply for this grant and contribute to making North Devon a hub of excitement and cultural richness. Your creativity and enthusiasm can make a lasting impact, and I look forward to seeing the wonderful projects that will emerge from this opportunity."

Grants of up to £700 are available. Projects funded through the grant should have a positive impact on the local community and aim to increase participation in cultural activity, helping make towns and villages a better place to live work and visit.

Events could include creative workshops and activities, performances, music events, wellbeing activities, hosting tours, walks and discovery trails, landscaping or creating art in neglected areas or making use of redundant buildings.

Grants will be awarded on a first come first served basis subject to approval. Applications will close on Friday 1 March 2025 or before, if the entire fund has been allocated. 

The full application criteria for the Flourishing Culture Grant can be found on North Devon Council's website, or anyone who would like to request further information can email Clare China at