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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 for 2 June 2023

Small Grants Programme – Theatres Trust

Theatres Trust’s Small Grants Programme, supported by The Linbury Trust, funds small projects that make a big impact to a theatre’s resilience, sustainability, accessibility or improving the diversity of audiences.

This scheme provides grants of up to £5,000 for essential works to enable not-for-profit theatres across the UK to be viable and thrive in the future.

To be eligible to apply to the scheme, applicants must demonstrate that they:

  • Own or manage theatres with titles or signed leases of more than five years on buildings in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • Run a year-round programme of live performance, of no less than 30 performances a year
  • Have a UK charitable or not-for-profit legal structure and be able to provide certified or audited accounts for at least two years.

Deadline for applications is noon 12 January 2024.  To download a grant application form, terms, and conditions please visit the Theatre Trust website.

Big Bike Revival- application deadline 31 July 2023

The Big Bike Revival is about helping people to begin or return to cycling through a programme of free activities and services, delivered by local community organisations.

If your organisation can help to get more people cycling more often by running events that give people the skills they need to ride a bike safely, you can apply for a grant of up to £2,000.

Grants can be used for equipment to expand capacity, venue hire for learn events or instructors to lead bike rides.

Community-based organisations such as volunteer-led groups, not-for-profit organisations and social enterprises can apply.

For more information on the grant application, process and how to apply visit the Cycling UK website.

Community Grants – Devon Community Foundation

The Devon Community Foundation Community Grants are designed to enable small, local, grassroots organisations across Devon to support, encourage and develop thriving communities.

Applications of up to £2,000 that fall with the following funding themes will be considered:

  • Assisting Families in need
  • Bringing people together
  • Developing life skills
  • Enabling disabled people
  • Encouraging safety and resilience
  • Helping people find and keep a home
  • Keeping people safe and well
  • Offering training and work opportunities
  • Promoting access to arts, culture and nature

Everything you need to know about applying for a Community Grant can be found on the Devon Community Foundation website.

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North Devon Voluntary Service (NDVS) Revitalising Volunteer Events June/July 2023

The NDVS is busy planning an exciting Revitalising Volunteer event which has been made possible thanks to National Lottery community funding. This particular event, which is planned for the end of June/early July, is aimed at supporting and interacting with our younger community members – working with them to understand their needs, and the gaps within our communities to fulfil them.

Also they are looking at how volunteering can help younger community members not only with their future career aspirations, with a solid reference and enhanced CV, but also support their mental and perhaps physical fitness.

The NDVS are looking for:

  • Any young people that would like to become part of a forum
  • VCS Groups and relevant organisations interested in attending the event
  • Local venues to hold the event

Want to know more? Please email:

Vacancies – Age Concern – Barnstaple and District


  • 28 hours a week, £14ph
  • We are looking for someone with volunteer management, or staff management experience.
  • A warm and energetic people person with excellent communication skills.
  • Experience of social media, events, marketing and training would be helpful.
  • Good administration/IT skills are essential.
  • Experience of volunteering and supporting older people would be an advantage. See Indeed for details. Please send a CV and covering letter to

To chat about the role phone Amanda on 07792 640818


  • 25 hours per week, flexible hours to cover activities, £14.00 per hour. Duties to include:
  • Supporting, managing and developing the Community Activities Programme across Barnstaple, and North Devon including Pop In Mornings, Afternoon Clubs, Lunch Clubs, Singing, Exercise etc.
  • Carry out venue risk assessments, register clients, manage volunteers, update CharityLog database and carry out awareness roadshows and events.
  • To have awareness and understanding of the issues facing older people. To have a car/driving licence. See Indeed for details. Please send a CV and covering letter to

To chat about the role phone Amanda on 07792 640818

Grants and Community News 9 May

Community Councillor Grants

We have been busy preparing to launch this year’s Community Councillor Grant (CCG) scheme which has been agreed for 2023 to 2027.

… again giving each of our 42 Councillors £1000 to distribute to local projects!

We hope to launch the fund mid-May so keep checking our website and get your application submitted: Community Councillor Grants (CCG)

We hope to launch the fund mid-May so keep checking our website and get your application submitted: Community Councillor Grants (CCG)

Please feel free to give us a call on 01271 388253 to discuss any projects.

The Triangle Trust 1949 Fund

Grants are available to registered charities and organisations for proposals wanting to work with young people who have a criminal conviction or proposals focused on targeted work with high-risk young people on the edge of the criminal justice system.

The Trust’s funding opportunity for work with young people aged 11-25 with criminal convictions is currently open to application with a deadline of 23.59 on Sunday 21st May 2023. Projects supporting the following beneficiaries are likely to be prioritised:

  • Young people from Black or minorities / racialised communities
  • Young people who have experienced the care system, and/or
  • Young women and girls

Organisations wanting to make an application to work with high-risk young people on the edge of the criminal justice system can apply for a grant between Monday 18th September and Sunday 29th October 2023.

The Trust offers grants of up to £80,000 over a 2-year period. The maximum amount available per year is £40,000. Grants are for project costs rather than core funding.

The Trust is particularly interested in proposals that:

  • Demonstrate that they understand the wide range of challenges and issues that will need to be addressed to help a young person succeed after being released from a Young Offenders Institution or prison.
  • Have specific outcomes and targets related to individual development, health and well-being, employability, education, and social cohesion, and/or
  • Show existing work with young people who have been in the criminal justice system is already taking place and can evidence a track record of helping them to achieve positive outcomes.

The Trust usually visits more applicants than it awards grants to. The application process is:

  1. Completion of the online application form on the Triangle Trust website.
  2. The Trust’s representative(s) will visit shortlisted applicants.
  3. Grant awards are normally confirmed 5-6 months once the application deadline has passed.

Further information, guidance and an online application form is available at The Triangle Trust 1949 Fund

To contact the Grants officer, Annie Corpe, call 07716 378564 or email:

Charles Hayward Foundation – Small Grants Fund (Older people)

Grants are available up to £7000 for charities with an annual income of less than £350,000.

This programme wishes to fund preventative and early intervention programmes being delivered at the community level which allow older people to stay in their own homes and remain independent. 

They are particularly interested in seeking out programmes which show some creativity in improving the quality of life of older people which:

  • aim to alleviate isolation and depression in older people, including informal day care or social, physical and recreational activities
  • give practical help, assistance and support for older people living in their own homes
  • address the emotional and practical needs of older carers, or
  • meet the specific needs of people with dementia

Applications will be considered every three months (March, June, September and December). Visit their website Charles Hayward Foundation for further information.


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The Burton celebrates 40 years of Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse with a new family-friendly exhibition

The Burton at Bideford is delighted to be hosting a new exhibition celebrating 40 years since the publication of Michael Morpurgo’s beloved modern classic, War Horse. And what better place to celebrate than in the county where the author has lived since the 1970s.

The exhibition was curated to accompany a special 40th anniversary edition of the book published by Farshore in October 2022. The book features a new cover from fine arts photographer, Nine Francois, and is illustrated by the award-winning war and reportage artist, George Butler. 

Michael Morpurgo will be in conversation with Collections and Exhibitions Manager, Warren Collum, at the Burton Art Gallery and Museum on Sunday 18 June at 2pm.

40 Years of War Horse will be on display at the Burton from 22 May until 3 July. The Burton is open daily and admission is free.

Grants and Community News

14 April 2023

Community Councillor Grants

We have been busy preparing to launch this year’s Community Councillor Grant (CCG) scheme which has been agreed for 2023 to 2027.

…  again giving each of our 42 Councillors £1000 to distribute to local projects!

We hope to launch the fund mid-May so keep checking our website and get your application submitted: Community Councillor Grants (CCG)

Please feel free to give us a call on 01271 388253 to discuss any projects.

The Learning Through Landscapes Trust – deadline 28th April 2023

The Learning Through Landscapes Trust’s Local School Nature Grants programme aims to promote outdoor learning among young children by awarding early years providers and schools in Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) with a budget of up to £500 for outdoor resources and training.

Please note that they do not provide cash grants. Successful applicants will be expected to purchase products from the Local School Nature Grants product catalogue.

Successful applicants will also be supported by a 2-hour training session. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate how children are actively involved in making decisions about projects that also engage with local communities. Applications that can incorporate these elements into their application are likely to be prioritised for grant support.

Awards can be used to purchase outdoor materials from the Local School Nature Fund catalogue such as bee and insect hotels, bird boxes, gardening tools, outdoor clothing for children and adults, such as wellington boots, and Wildlife watching kits, including outdoor cameras.

Applications must come from early-years groups or schools. Applications from Parent Teacher Associations (PTAs), ‘Friends of’ groups and governors are not eligible.

Further information, guidance and an application form can be found on the Learning Through Landscapes website.  Or email

The next application deadline is Friday 28th April 2023. Further deadlines for 2023 are scheduled for: 9th June, 8th September, and 10th November.

Museum Estate and Development Fund – Arts Council England

This is an open-access capital fund targeted at non-national Accredited museums and local authorities based in England to apply for funding to undertake vital infrastructure and urgent maintenance backlogs which are beyond the scope of day-to-day maintenance budgets.

The grant range is between £50,000 and £5 million. The deadline for expressions of interest is 21 April 2023.

For further details, and to register your expression of interest, visit: Museum Estate and Development Fund – Arts Council England


The Bloss Family Foundation

Grants of up to £1,000, are available to registered charities in Devon that are enabling mentally and/or physically disabled children and young adults enjoy a better quality of life.

Its objectives are to help children and young adults aged 18 and below who are from deprived backgrounds and/or who are mentally and/or physically disabled to enjoy a better quality of life by making grants for providing or paying for items, services or facilities.

Please note that the Foundation does not maintain a website. Further information is, however, available on the Charity Commission website.

Benefact Trust

Benefact Trust’s Building Improvement Grants programme provides essential support to protect and enhance churches and Christian charity buildings, ensuring their continued use, viability, and the safeguarding of their heritage.

The programme is open to applications from churches, cathedrals, denominational bodies and Christian charities.

Under Building Improvement Grants, they are able to support direct capital costs relating to the following types of work:

  • Essential, one-off repairs or other capital works to ensure the continued use or viability of a building (capital work must be considered urgent or necessary within 12 months)
  • Minor capital works or equipment purchases to meet operational or accessibility requirements (e.g. essential operational equipment, AV equipment, hearing loops, ramps, etc)
  • Conservation or restoration of historic features (e.g. stained glass, carvings, interior furnishings, clocks, tower bells, organs etc) which contribute to preservation and appreciation of a building’s heritage
  • Other aesthetic enhancements (e.g. interior decoration, furnishings or public realm improvements) to improve indoor or outdoor spaces for users
  • Energy efficiency/renewable energy measures (e.g. heating/lighting upgrades, solar panels, etc) which improve the sustainability of church buildings/facilities and enable their continued use

All applicants will be expected to have secured funding for at least 30% of their total project costs before making an application.

Full details of how to apply are on the Benefact Trust website.

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Plastic-Free North Devon: New Toy Library for Hele Bay Beach

The bespoke hand-built shed, featuring designs by Ilfracombe Junior school children and brought to life by local artist Faye Allison, is the latest toy library to be installed as part of local environmental charity Plastic Free North Devon’s Visitor Campaign.

The aim of the toy libraries is to provide a resource for families to be part of a ‘circular economy’ when it comes to beach toys – rather than families buying buckets, spades, and polystyrene body-boards for their holidays and them being abandoned on our beaches, sent to landfill, or just  sitting unused at the back of cupboards. Families can borrow beach toys for their holiday and then bring them back at the end of their stay, ready for another family to use.

This latest Toy Library is the third installed with funding from the Welcome Back Fund through North Devon Council (fourth in total) benefitting visitors and locals in North Devon beachside locations to protect our coastline.

The toy libraries are just one way that the Visitor Campaign seeks to harness the collective power of local businesses and community to educate and empower visitors to protect and care for the amazing nature right here on our doorstep.

The campaign includes resources and ideas for businesses to use to inspire behavioural change, a newly released  Sustainable Housekeeping Toolkit for cleaners, property managers and business owners, and a discount on the Protect our Playground sustainable wooden belly-boards for all Visitor Campaign sign ups. 

Visit for more information.

Improvements on Fore Street

Great to see the work progressing along Fore Street, and if you’re not already up to speed, here’s a link to more details about the “Section 106” improvements taking place…

The zebra crossing and lowered kerb with sensory paving will make it much safer for all to cross outside the school.

The additional pavement from the school up to the Fire Station is a great improvement for all those walking from Lakelands Close to the bus stop, school and down into the village square. Looking forward to it all being finished!

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