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Grants and Community News 21 July 2023

Species Survival Fund – The National Lottery Heritage Fund (on behalf of Defra)

The Species Survival Fund will support the creation and restoration of wildlife-rich habitats in England. It is open to individuals and organisations working to recover nature.

Projects must deliver against the fund theme of habitat creation and restoration, including ecosystem restoration, to support species abundance at a landscape, catchment or local scale, either within or outside of protected sites.

This can include targeted actions taken as part of wider habitat creation or restoration projects.

The Fund are offering grants of £250,000 to £3m for projects of maximum two years’ duration. You are encouraged to contribute at least 5% of your project costs in cash (partnership funding).

Priority will be given to projects that can provide partnership funding from non-government sources such as private investment.

The deadline for expressions of interest is 24 July 2023.

Apply via the website: The National Lottery Heritage Fund

The Craig Hofmann Charitable Trust

A limited number of small grants are available to established UK registered charities of high repute for arts and social issues anywhere in the world.  

Applications may be made at any time in writing by established UK registered charities of high repute operating in any part of the world.
Total value of all grants awarded during the year ended 30 September 2020: £63,180 (2019: £44,510).

Although this is a discretionary grant-making Trust with the ability to make donations for a wide range of charitable causes across the world, in practice it prefers to focus its support on established UK charities of “high repute” linked to arts and social issues.

Awards made consisted of a mixture of new and repeat grants ranging from £200 to £15,000 (to Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice and the Royal Albert Hall).

The Craig Hofmann Charitable Trust, 3 Hendon Avenue, London, N3 1UL. Tel: 07956 818334.

d/Deaf and Disabled people’s organisations – Lloyds Bank Foundation

This programme is for small and local charities with an income between £25,000 to £500,000 which are led by and working with d/Deaf and Disabled people who are experiencing poverty. Organisations can apply for a three year unrestricted grant of £75,000.

The deadline for applications is 31 August 2023.

Apply for the d/Deaf and Disabled People’s Organisations grant

Barnstaple and North Devon Dispensary Fund

The Barnstaple and North Devon Dispensary Fund provides one off grants to people who are sick and poor and who live in the North Devon area.  

Grants are provided on a named person basis for non-recurring funding for a specific purpose.   As a health related Charity they are in a position to provide funding for a wide range of needs, eg safety & medical equipment/appliances, hospital travel expenses and specialised communication equipment.  They cannot provide grants to alleviate financial hardship.

Referrals should be made via Health, Social Service or Voluntary worker. All requests are considered individually according to merit and need, so please do not hesitate to get in touch if such a need arises.

Contact Mrs C Ford, Clerk to the Trustees, at

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As they are winding up their business, Go North Devon have a number of office items available that they would like to offer to other local businesses and organisations for a small donation.

Items include:

  • L-shape cherry wood coloured desk (vinyl wrap) 253x50cm or 178x50cm (can be converted from L-shape to a standard desk). 72cm high.
  • Pine coloured (vinyl wrap)  desk (bit tatty on the edge) 120x79cm x 73cm high
  • Cherry coloured drop-leaf table (vinyl wrap) 117x 64cm folded/117 x 124cm fully extended
  • Cherry wood coloured (vinyl wrap) conference table 153x75cmx72cm high & 4 x stacking black metal and grey fabric chairs
  • Dell keyboard & wired mouse
  • Samsung Computer Monitor 19″
  • A4 Office Depot guillotine
  • Pine (real wood) and grey fabric chairs with arm supports x2
  • 3x swivel office chairs (grey, black and blue fabric)
  • 2x 4 drawer grey metal filing cabinets, (both with keys)
  • Collection tins (9x green & 5x blue)
  • 3x floor standing fans (2x white & 1x black)

For further information or photographs please call Kathleen (Co-ordinator) on 01271 328866 (Mon-Fri 9am-2pm).

North Devon’s museums go wild for Easter

North Devon Council

31-03-2023 12:34 PM BST

Museums in North Devon are going wild this Easter as part of a national primary schools project to picture a future for UK wildlife. The Wild Escape, led by national art charity Art Fund with support from Arts Council England, hundreds of museums, galleries and historic houses across the country are coming together for the largest ever collaboration between UK museums. In North Devon, children and families will discover museum collections in Barnstaple, Ilfracombe, Braunton and Mortehoe and work with artists, writers and performers to celebrate the nature on their doorstep.

The project will invite 7-11 year-olds to join the conversation about biodiversity, culminating in events in Barnstaple and Ilfracombe on World Earth Weekend from 21-23 April 2023. In Combe Martin, Lynton and Exmoor, local schoolchildren have already created artwork that will also be shared as part of the Earth Day weekend celebrations.

Manager at the Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon, Alison Mills said: “We’re excited to be joining museums and galleries across North Devon and the rest of the country in this brilliant project. We are inviting children to get involved in a special programme of creative activities celebrating UK wildlife. I hope young visitors to North Devon museums will enjoy exploring the collections and learning about our amazing wildlife and the importance of protecting it for the future.” Jenny Waldman, Director of Art Fund, said: “I’m thrilled that North Devon’s museums are joining hundreds of organisations, from the Outer Hebrides to Folkestone, to connect thousands of children with the natural world through the UK’s truly great museums. Thanks to the invaluable support of Arts Council England, the Wild Escape will empower families and children across the UK to visit and discover our wonderful museums, whilst taking positive action to picture a better future for our wildlife.”

The project is being led by Claire Gulliver on behalf of North Devon’s museums. She is working with origami installation artist Caroline Preston, who will invite schoolchildren to be ‘Science Investigators’, exploring UK wildlife in the museum and natural environment, making ‘species silhouettes’ and ‘montage maps’ of their encounters. Poet, musician and environmentalist Tia Meraki will provide a sensory avian adventure and delve into the shells and pebbles of the North Devon coast using story and sound. Earth Weekend will consist of Wild Night at the Museum on Friday 21 April, which will give families the special chance to encounter the creatures of twilight as dusk approaches the Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon.

On Earth Day – Saturday 22 April – there will be nature-themed activities and stalls on The Square, Barnstaple. An Earth Day weekend celebration will take place on Sunday 23 April at The Landmark Theatre Pavilion, where people are invited to experience some of the fantastic work created by local primary schools, children and families during the project.

The full programme of events is available on the Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon’s website. Tickets for bookable events can be found on the Art Tickets website, other than the Mortehoe and Braunton events. Anyone with queries about The Wild Escape in North Devon should email

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