Grants and Community News for 17th September 2021 – North Devon Council

The Elmgrant Trust is a charity which makes grants for charitable purposes to individuals living in the south west of England (Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset) and to organisations and groups with projects in the south west. By so doing it aims to improve the quality of local life and welfare through education, the arts and social sciences.
While the Elmgrant Trust assesses each application on its individual merits, they choose to prioritise geographically and certain types of work.
They consider applications:
They are happy to receive applications for core running costs or project costs of small established organisations who have a proven record of making a significant difference.
Average grants are in the region of £450, or around £150 for individuals.
The board of trustees meet three times a year, usually on the last Saturday of February, June and October. Applications need to be submitted one clear month prior to the meeting date. Please make sure that your application fits with the meeting timings as they do not give retrospective grants. Please email the secretary for the date of the next application deadline if in any doubt.
Applications must be made by letter. For full details of what is required in the application and the Trust’s postal address visit the website
For further information, including confirmation of the closing dates, you may email or call 01803 863160.
The new Increasing Access Fund is targeted to support organisations to develop new services that respond to the Covid-19 situation, or to adapt existing services to meet local and national needs. The Fund is aimed specifically at ensuring or increasing access to key services and activities for beneficiaries who have struggled with access due to Covid-19.
The Foundation will also consider supporting programmes which provide access for beneficiaries to new services which have been developed in response to a clear Covid-19 need.
The value of the Fund is £1.4million, which will be given to organisations nationally working within the Foundation’s key domains:
For more information, and to register your expression of interest, please visit the website: Peter Sowerby Foundation – Increasing Access Fund
The Rank Foundation’s ‘Pebbles’ grant fund, which has reopened again following a break during COVID, is directed at smaller UK charities and churches that may not be covered by the Rank Foundation’s larger programmes.
Grants of between £250 and £4,000 are available for either:
The total cost of the project should not exceed £150,000 and applicants must have an annual turnover of under £500,000. Applicants will be required to demonstrate that 33% of the total project cost has been sought and secured from other sources.
To apply, applicants should initially complete the online Eligibility Form. Eligible applicants can then complete the online application form.
Further information and guidance can be found on the Rank Foundation website.
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