Sources of help and advice

Invest Devon offer free advice and support on a range of issues including:

  • Sources of finance and funding and business support
  • Evidence and data to assist with business planning
  • Business locations and premises
  • Making relevant local business contacts
  • Sustainable transport funding for businesses

Equality Guidance clarifies the County Council’s legal responsibilities and equality objectives when transferring assets and assessing proposals from non-public sector organisations to run services.

The Devon Association of Local Councils is a membership organisation run, for over 50 years, by and for its 357 member councils. It aims to represent, advise, consult, communicate, train, inform and listen. As the voice of local councils it welcomes ideas and seeks thoughts from everyone. Membership is available to all parish councils, town councils and parish meetings in Devon.

Devon Community Buildings promotes best practice in operating, managing and developing community buildings with a range of advisory services, training and partnership arrangements. Its collaboration with local management committees is a greatly appreciated service.

Devon Community Foundation is an independent charity which supports community projects across Devon. It’s for people who want to make a real difference to the lives of local people.

Devon Communities Together can provide support in relation to funding in the following areas:

  • Advice and training – getting ready for investment, fundraising, effective applications
  • Loans from Community Council of Devon and other organisations
  • Grants they administer

The Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) offer advice and information on topics including funding, training and additional activities to support networking across the county. CVS organisations in Devon are –

The following CVS’s form the Devon Voluntary Action Partnership

The Plunkett Foundation mostly provides support in the form of expertise rather than financial grants, though some small pots of money are available to assist with feasibility work, provided at least £10,000 is also sought through community share issue.

Power to Change Community Network is a £150m Big Lottery Funded initiative, backed by Trinity Mirror and the National Lottery, that will support community-led enterprises across England. The Power to Change Trust is currently applying for the endowment of £150m from the Big Lottery Fund and this process is expected to be completed by the end of the year. It is envisaged that the Trust will be up and running in early 2015.

You can join the network and register your interest in Power to Change and other community business opportunities. You will receive a monthly newsletter with news, updates on funding and tips from social entrepreneurs, as well as other relevant updates, including information from the Power to Change Roadshow.