Community Groups

Much of the support detailed within these pages is aimed primarily at businesses operating across northern Devon, however, many of the issues are equally relevant to community-based or not-for-profit groups and listed below are links to organisations offering help and support to this sector.

Charity Commission Guidance

The Charity Commission has issued guidance to help with the running of charities during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The Commission has stated that its approach to regulation during COVID-19 will be as flexible and pragmatic as possible in the public interest, whilst helping trustees to be aware of and think about the wider or longer impact of their decisions on their charity. During the current crisis the Commission will be prioritising registrations, permissions, reporting and other interactions related to Coronavirus.

The latest guidance, which can be found here, contains detailed information on a wide range of topics including governance, financial support and use of reserves, postponement of AGM’s, etc.


National Lottery Heritage Fund

The National Lottery Heritage Fund has put together a £50m fund to support the heritage sector as an immediate response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The UK-wide fund - money raised from The National Lottery - will address immediate pressures over the next few months for those organisations most in need. It is now open for applications until 30 June - visit the Heritage Fund website.

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North Devon Council Community Grants

North Devon Council has announced that two grant schemes supporting projects and services run by community or voluntary groups, and parish council environmental projects are now open for applications.

Their new Climate and Environment Grants (CEG) to eligible parish councils in the North Devon district for the first time in 2020. The scheme aims to help fund projects that have an emphasis on sustainability and countering climate change and will be available to parishes with populations of less than 1,000.

In addition, the council's Community Councillor Grant (CCG) scheme has re-opened. This year each North Devon district councillor has a budget of £500 to give as grants to support projects and services run by community or voluntary groups and not-for-profit organisations. Youth clubs, toddler groups, sports clubs, museums, village halls and environmental groups have all benefited from grants in the past.

For further information, visit the Council’s Community Grants & Support page which offers information and support for community groups operating across North Devon:

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Western Power: In This Together - Communities Matter Fund

Western power have announced a £500k fund to directly support community organisations who are working at the grassroots, helping families and their customers who need extra care throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
Aimed at local authorities, parish or town councils, registered charities or community groups operating within the Western Power network area.

The funding must directly benefit people within the community affected by Coronavirus, particularly those who are vulnerable such as the elderly or those with underlying health conditions. Examples of support could include welfare services, food and medical supply deliveries, advice schemes, befriending services or support to essential coronavirus care such as hospitals charities.

Funding applications for local authorities, parish/town councils and charities are up to a maximum of £10,000. Community groups can apply for up to £1,000. Further information is available on the Western Power website.

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Fullabrook CIC have developed a package of support for not-for-profit voluntary and community groups, and pop-up groups supporting residents of the 13 parishes of their area of benefit during the Corona virus pandemic.   If you or someone you know is delivering emergency support for people living in the parishes of Ashford, Berrynarbor, Bittadon, Braunton, East Down, Georgeham, Heanton Punchardon, Ilfracombe, Marwood, Mortehoe, Shirwell, West Down, and West Pilton during this time, you may be apply for funding to support this activity.  

Very Small grants up to £250 and small grants up to £1,000  for projects or services that are providing direct emergency support to those living in the 13 parishes listed above.  

All applicants for emergency funding must be able to evidence that their project is directly supporting residents of the 13 parishes in their area of benefit and they are unable to support communities outside of this area with this emergency funding.

They are operating a fast-track decision-making system, so are able to make a quick funding decision, and aim to be able to give you an answer within a week, hopefully less. 

For further information visit the Fullabrook CIC website  or contact them by email   

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Devon County Council - COVID-19 Prompt Action Fund 

Devon County Council has launched the COVID-19 Prompt Action Fund to provide flexible resources to organisations working with communities who are disproportionately impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19) and the social and economic consequences of this outbreak.

Community organisations can find out more and apply through the Prompt Action Fund page on the Council's website.

Devon County Council has also launched a new Grant & Funding Support page providing details of additional sources of support & grants for businesses and organisations affected by Coronavirus:

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Update: As at 20th April, the COVID-19 Prompt Action Fund, had received 345 applications including 47 applications for the large grants of up to £5,000, in just four weeks and a total of £59,385 has been donated to community projects so far.