Sources of grant funding

Each County Councillor has a Locality Budget of £10,000 per year to enable them to respond to local needs in their divisions, supporting projects or activities that benefit the communities they represent.

The ‘Town and Parish Fund’ or TAP is the name given to the initiative whereby Devon County Council allocates £1 per elector per annum and district councils contribute 10p per elector, totalling around £600,000. This money is available for towns and parishes to join together to apply for funding that can make a difference to their communities.

To apply contact your district/city council:

Devon for Everyone is a small grants budget which can be used to support activities which challenge inequality and celebrate diversity.

The Highway Maintenance Community Enhancement fund aims to help communities enhance their local area by providing financial assistance, as well as encouraging collaborative working between towns, parishes and voluntary and community groups. The fund has been created following the implementation of the Road Warden and Community Self Help schemes. Initial applications should detail the type of work that will be undertaken along with the overall benefit to the community.

The Parish Paths Partnership Scheme (P3) is a partnership between the County Council, town and parish councils and voluntary groups. The aim is to use local resources, knowledge and skills to monitor and maintain public rights of way whilst making sure they are used in a responsible way. The County Council pay a grant to parishes for planned maintenance projects and path clearance.

The Community Impact Support Scheme (CISS) is a new business support and funding mechanism aimed at organisations within the social economy*. It has a grant making budget of £450,000 over 2 years. Through investing in the work of the social economy it is intended to help address the needs arising from welfare reform and wider public sector cuts by promoting independence and self reliance in communities.

Devon Funding News provides the latest information on grants and loans to support enterprise and innovation in Devon.

Awards for All England gives groups an easy way to get small Lottery grants of between £300 and £10,000. The fund aims to support projects which address the issues, needs and aspirations of local communities and people. It will fund a wide range of community projects aimed at developing skills, improving health, revitalising the local environment and enabling people to become more active citizens.

Reaching Communities England is for projects that help people and communities most in need. Grants are available from £10,000 upwards and funding can last for up to five years. If you think you need more than £500,000 you must call before you apply to discuss why you believe a larger project is appropriate. There is no upper limit for total project costs. The scheme can fund salaries, running costs, a contribution towards core costs and equipment. It can also fund up to £100,000 for land, buildings or refurbishment capital costs.

The Arts Council England operates several funds, including a small capital fund worth £32.5 million for 2015-18, a Grants for the Arts Libraries Fund, and a Museum Resilience Fund.

The Heritage Lottery Fund supports a range of project types, as long as they make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities.