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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).

Grants and Community News for 14 July 2023

New Stories, New Audiences – Association of Independent Museums (AIM)

AIM know that all museums need to increase and widen their audiences to enhance their sustainability, and to widen participation to groups that are currently under-represented. They want New Stories New Audiences to inspire museums to stay relevant to their audiences and to increase their impact.

Funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund, New Stories New Audiences is open to all AIM members in the small museum category (up to 20,000 visitors).

They will fund projects up to £15,000 that result in a wider range of people being involved in heritage at your organisation. They expect you to have identified a new story that you wish to tell and undertaken some initial research to identify who the new audience will be. They also expect you to work with a new partner, to work differently and to try something new.

Successful projects will be allocated an experienced project mentor and will take part in the New Stories New Audiences network with other successful applicants. At the end of your project, you will be brought together to share learning, contribute to the evaluation of the experience and inform the creation of new resources.

The deadline for applications is 31 October 2023. 

To find out more about what can be funded along with how to apply visit the Association of Independent Museums website.

The Radcliffe Trust – Heritage and Crafts Scheme

The Radcliffe Trust

supports the development and practice of the skills, knowledge and experience that underpin the UK’s heritage and crafts sector. This includes support for emerging craftspeople of high quality, craft and conservation projects and training, projects demonstrating creative outcomes by designer-makers, projects with potential for capacity building within the sector, and some special needs projects focusing on the therapeutic benefits of skills development.

The Trustees will consider making occasional grants in other areas of cultural creativity related to their concerns for heritage and crafts, including theatre, performance, and literature, especially where projects can be shown to contribute to the promotion and development of high-level skills among early career practitioners and disadvantaged groups.

Our deadline is 31st July for applications to both the Music and Heritage & Crafts schemes for consideration in December.

If you wish to discuss your application, please contact our Administrator on 01285 841900 or via Any guidance given offers no guarantee of success.

Eat it up Fund – Hubbub & Starbucks

Hubbub has launched a £200,000 fund to support innovative ideas to tackle food waste. Supported by Starbucks, they’re offering grants of up to £40,000.

They’re ready to back initiatives that do one or more of the following:

  • Address pre-farmgate waste
  • Prevent food from being wasted at the manufacturing and processing stage
  • Minimise food waste from retailers
  • Find creative ways to use surplus food in communities or at home

They can support ideas that are ready to test, or concepts that have been tested and are ready to progress further. Their wider aims are to make a positive impact on our environment and communities.

The fund is open to a wide range of organisations including charities, local authorities, schools, universities and small businesses.

The closing date for expressions of interest is 21 July 2023.

Visit the Eat It Up Fund website

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Exhibition: Revealing the Human Form: Sculpture from Leading British Artists of the Last Century 

The Burton at Bideford to show sculpture by leading artists in the history of modern and contemporary British art.

A touring exhibition of sculpture by some of the most prominent British sculptors of the last century opens at the Burton Art Gallery and Museum, Bideford on 15 July 2023.

Revealing the Human Form features 30 sculptures by internationally renowned artists including Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Antony Gormley and Rachel Whiteread, who was the first woman to win the prestigious Turner Prize in 1993.

The works on display all form part of the Arts Council Collection and the British Council Collection, and the exhibition was produced in partnership with Banbury Museum and Gallery in Oxford.

Bringing together an exceptional selection of works never previously exhibited in North Devon, this exhibition marks a significant cultural moment for Bideford.

Revealing the Human Form officially opens Saturday 15 July 2023 and runs until Tuesday 5 September 2023. The gallery, museum and shop are open daily.

Admission is free.

Grants and Community News for 9 June 2023

North Devon Coast Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty – Sustainable Development Fund

Grants for People, Nature, Heritage and Climate are available for projects to be carried out by the end of January 2024.

The grant scheme is open to community groups, schools, businesses and parishes with grants of up to £4,000 for projects within the coastal parishes of the Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in North Devon and Torridge.

The fund is supported by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DeFRA). Its purpose is to help deliver the policies and actions in the AONB Management Plan.  Last year, 12 new projects were funded with grants averaging £1,800 matched with cash and in-kind time.  Supported projects must have an environmental, community, economic or social benefit or connect people with the landscape, heritage and nature of the AONB.

The 14 eligible parishes this grant scheme covers are:

  • Abbotsham
  • Alwington
  • Berrynarbor
  • Braunton
  • Clovelly
  • Combe Martin
  • Geoergeham & Croyde
  • Hartland
  • Ilfracombe
  • Mortehoe & Woolacombe
  • Northam & Westward Ho!
  • Welcombe
  • West Down
  • Woolsery

You can find a full list of successful projects from last year as well as information on how to apply at the North Devon AONB website.  For an informal chat contact Laura Carolan on 01271 388268 or email

Landscape Recovery Scheme – application deadline 21 September 2023

£15 million is available for the second round of the Government’s Landscape Recovery scheme which supports landscape and ecosystem recovery through long-term projects. Three Devon projects were successful in the first round of the scheme: East Dartmoor; Killerton Three Rivers; and the Axe Landscape Partnership.

Landscape Recovery forms part of the Environmental Land Management Scheme, together with the Sustainable Farming Incentive and Countryside Stewardship.

The scheme represents a new approach to supporting long-term, significant habitat restoration and land use change, with the aim of delivering a range of outcomes, focussing on net zero, biodiversity and water quality.

For Round Two, the funding is for projects that support net zero, protected sites, and wildlife-rich habitat.

Landscape Recovery is open to all private land managers and landowners, either individually or as part of a group. Your project must be on a broadly connected area of at least 500 hectares (ha) in England.

If successful, you will be awarded project development funding over two years. The aim is to progress to the implementation of the project over a 20-year period.

For full guidance and the criteria for applying, visit the GOV.UK website

Community Ownership Fund – Department for Levelling UP, Housing and Communities

The government is providing £150 million over 4 years to support community groups in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to take ownership of assets and amenities at risk of being lost.

Voluntary and community groups can bid for funding to acquire important assets and run them for the benefit of the local community.

The Fund will run until March 2025 with regular bidding windows for applicants to submit a full application to the Fund.

An updated prospectus for the Fund was launched on 12 May 2023 and the current bidding window for round 3 closes at midday on 12 July 2023.

Information on how to create a strong application as well as links to the prospectus for the fund can be found on the GOV.UK website.

Grants and Community News 19 May 2023

Grant update

Community Councillor Grants – Fund now open!

This year’s Community Councillor Grant (CCG) scheme is now open!

Each of our 42 Councillors has £1000 to distribute to local projects!

To apply online, or to see details of previous successful applications, visit our website: Community Councillor Grants (CCG)

Please feel free to give us a call on 01271 388253 to discuss any projects before submitting your application.


Fund deadline fast approaching: Community Development Fund

The Recovery Devon 2023 Community Development Fund is open for applications – – although the deadline for applications is Sunday 21st May 2023 at 9.00am.

Awards from £50 to £750 are available for projects by anyone who is passionate about creating opportunities for recovery, in interesting and ‘out of the box’ ways. They welcome any innovative, recovery-focused project ideas that would benefit from a small amount of financial support.  Project leads can also make use of our community development expertise.

They encourage those with lived experience of mental health struggles to apply, especially if it’s something that will also help your own recovery. You do not need to have had any experience with running projects before, if this is your first venture in setting up something in your community then Recovery Devon can offer connections and resources to help.

Further information, along with how to apply, can be found on their website:

Wolfson Foundation’s Older People Grant programme

The Wolfson Foundation’s Older People Grant programme supports UK registered charities and local authorities which provide care and services for older people, particularly if they have a neurodegenerative condition, such as Parkinson’s Disease, spinal muscular atrophy or Alzheimer’s, or are socially isolated.

Projects should be for a new building, refurbishment work or equipment that leads to one or more of the following aims:

  • Improved financial stability of the organisation
  • Improved quality and range of services, and/or
  • Increased access to services for new and existing users

Applying organisations should:

  • Be a registered charity or a local authority,
  • and, if applicable have at least a ‘Good’ rating from a regulator such as the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

The minimum grant available is £15,000. Grant awards are normally in the range of £20.000 and £75,000. Please note that there is a matched funding requirement for projects with a total cost of over £50,000.

The Foundation has a 2-stage application process with the following key dates:

  1. Opened to Stage 1 applications on Sunday 14th May 2023.
    2. Stage 1 application deadline: Saturday 1st July 2023 at 23:59.
    3. Stage 2 application deadline: Friday 1st September 2023 at 23:59.
    4. Funding decisions: December 2023.

Further information, guidance and details about how to apply is available on the Wolfson Foundation website.

Torridge launch Town Centre Beautification Scheme

Torridge District Council has announced a new scheme to support local independent businesses (within the TDC area) with grants of up to £1000 available to help improve or repair shop fronts or other potential “beautification projects” within town centres. The funding has been made available as part of the money allocated to Torridge under the UK Shared Prosperity fund, with a 50:50 match funding arrangement. Under the scheme the council will contribute up to 50% of a project’s total cost with the business at least matching the Torridge grant contribution.

The funding is aimed at encouraging the creation of more attractive town centres and enhance the character of the towns across the district. Proposals will be marshalled under the umbrella of the councils “beautification project,” with the aim of making town centres more attractive and increasing footfall, whilst encouraging new businesses and projects to open up within the town centres.

The Council has set a deadline of 7th June 2023 for the receipt of applications and would like to hear from businesses in Bideford, Northam, Westward Ho!, Appledore, Great Torrington and Holsworthy. Any projects will need to fit in with the local aesthetics of the area and take into consideration other aspects such as conservation areas. All projects must be completed by October 2023 and as examples might include replacing shop fronts, windows doors and guttering, painting of existing shop fronts, replacement signage, or town centre art projects.  

For more information on eligibility please contact Kirsty Defranceski (Town Centre Project Officer) at Torridge District Council on 01237 428919 or email  if you would like to discuss the scheme further.

Or visit to apply online

Community Fridge Grants – Hubbub

Community Fridges bring people together around good food.  Across the UK they are reducing social isolation, increasing access to skills, sharing knowledge and repurposing fresh (surplus) food.

The funder knows that many groups want to do more, and so in partnership with Starbucks they are offering £7,000 (per group) in funding for up to 50 Community Fridge feel free to apply.

Deadline for applications is 31 May 2023. To apply visit

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Exmoor Open Water Swim: Embrace The Wild

Exmoor Open Water Swim is offering 100 free charity places for this year’s swim but you need to be quick! The free charity tickets will only be available from 0800 on 20th May for 48 hours before tickets go on general release. 

All you need to do is log on to at 0800 on 20th May, sign up and pledge to raise £200 for local environmental charity Plastic Free North Devon – but you’ve only got 48 hours to do so! Fundraisers will receive a complimentary Exmoor Swim t-shirt as well as being entered into a prize draw to win a dryrobe®. General tickets will go on sale at 0800 on 22nd May. 

The Exmoor Open Water Swim takes place at the beautiful Wimbleball Lake on Sunday 24 September and is said to be one of the friendliest and most inclusive open water swims around. Since its inception six years ago the event has become a firm fixture in the open water swim calendar. Its goal is to give everyone the opportunity to dive into nature’s wild embrace and swim in this incredible setting in the heart of Exmoor, no matter what your experience. 

Swimmers can choose from four distances. Whether you’re taking part in your first open water swim or you’re a more experienced athlete looking for a real challenge, there’s a distance for you. 

Distances include 6km, 4km and 2km where swimmers, in a wetsuit or skins. The 1km swimmers can enjoy the event’s non-competitive course which is a truly accessible swim distance for all ages, experiences and abilities. 

In contrast, the 6km elite course is for those looking to really challenge themselves. They will swim one lap of the 4km course and one lap of the 2km course and must be able to swim at the faster pace of less than 28 minutes per mile equivalent in a pool to participate. 

While there are medals for those who come in the top three for their age groups, and participation medals for all, the majority of swimmers will simply be challenging themselves to participate in a safe and friendly open-water swimming environment. 

The Exmoor Open Water Swim, in association with dryrobe® and the event’s other sponsors, 79 Group and Ninety One, is also delighted to announce that 100% of the profits from the swim and the Croyde Ocean Triathlon will go to charity.

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