Funding

Exeter Connect can respond to your group or organisation in a customised way depending on your circumstances and needs, however it can be helpful to know about some places to start when investigating funding.

We can also help if you do not have a bank account, offering to hold up to £1,000 for you, to allow your project or activity to progress. Please contact us to discuss this further if this could be of help to you.

Exeter City Council Grants Funding Options

The Exeter City Council Grants Programme offers support for community groups and organisations to work on local projects that help make Exeter such a great place to live. There are currently two types of grants available.

Please note that due to the upcoming local elections all Exeter City Council grants will be suspended from 25th March to 7th May 2021. The Ward Grant and COVID-19 Community Action Fund will reopen after 7th May.

Community Action Grant​

Grant support for community groups and organisations to work on local projects to support those people and communities most affected by the pandemic. The Exeter COVID-19 Community Action Fund will support groups and organisations with a one-off grant of up to £1,000 to support projects for community led activities that will:

  • meet urgent needs within your community
  • help people to stay connected and informed
  • help people maintain and support mental health and wellbeing
Three people standing by an open car boot wearing face masks and holding boxes of food
St Katherine's Community Larder
A garden with a sign in front which reads 'St. Thomas Community Garden'
St Thomas Community Garden

Exeter Ward Grants​

Community groups can apply for a maximum grant of £500. A Ward Grant can support a community project, a local community festival, a local theatre production or a craft group. Examples of costs that could be supported include equipment or resources, publicity, materials, and refreshments. Applicants for a Ward Grant will need to demonstrate that there is community support for your project. 

 

Ward grants are for one-off purchases or events and cannot be used for on-going running costs such as wages, utility bills, rent etc. You can apply for a ward grant for a project to cover one ward.

 

You can find out more and apply on the Exeter City Council website. If you would like any support with applying, Exeter Connect can support you with this so please contact us.

Devon County Council Funding Options

Devon County Council provides the latest information on funding opportunities to support business, environmental and social projects in Devon.

Councillors can also use their locality budget fund to support projects or activities that benefit the communities they represent. Any constituted not-for-private-profit voluntary or community group can apply to their local county councillor for a grant.

General funding tips and support options

GRIN is a Devon based organisation which sends out a daily funding bulletin with information about upcoming local and national funding.

Devon Community Foundation provides grants to local groups across Devon. The majority of grants they award are between £1,000 and £5,000 and they are particularly interested in supporting smaller community groups. 

My Funding Central is a regularly updated funding database with customised search options. Membership is free for organisations with incomes of under £30,000. 

Crowdfund Devon supports community groups and charities across the County to raise money from the crowd. Crowdfund partners may be able to match-fund your project.

NCVO membership is free to charities with under £30,000 annual income or a small annual charge for larger groups. NCVO run a range of training courses and the KnowHow section of their website has toolkits and guides for all aspects of charity development and management.

Membership to Small Charities Coalition is also free for charities with incomes of under £1 million, however their specialism is working with ‘not for profits’ that have an income of under £350,000. You do not have to be set up as a charity to register. Small Charities Coalition run the Charity Setup website as well as a range of other resources and training.

The Directory of Social Change provide training courses, publications, online funding databases, research, conferences, a bookshop and resources such as the New Charity Checklist.

For more information on any of these please contact us.

We promote short term funding opportunities we hear about through our social media.

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