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.
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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Fullabrook CIC - COVID-19 EMERGENCY FUND.
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.
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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:
Article added 8th April 2020
Update: As at 19th June, the COVID-19 Prompt Action Fund was paused due to the volume of applications although a statement suggested there may be a possibility that the fund could re-open in due course (on 8th September, the Fund was still reported to be "paused".)