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Grant Funding Opportunities

GWR – Customer and Community Improvement Fund – Deadline 24th May 2023 – New Post!

Great Western Railway (GWR) is delighted to announce they are inviting funding bids for customer and community projects until Thursday 25 May 2023.

In 2022-23, they supported 131 projects across the GWR network, supporting customers, charities, community groups and voluntary organisations to deliver benefit in local communities.

Bidding is now open for the next financial year 2023-24 and they have shared some more information in their application guidance:

The application process has been kept as simple as possible, with strict word limits. If they need more information, they will contact you. Please make sure your answers are targeted on the questions.

You can submit your application through their online portal. They recommend you review the questions and write your bid offline before copying it into the portal. Please get in touch with them for a copy of the questions.

They are also accepting submissions in alternative formats. If you would like to submit an application in video or audio format or have any questions please email them at

Wild About Devon – Deadline 22nd December 2023 – New Post!

Devon Communities Together (DCT) is happy to announce the relaunch of the Wild About Devon – Community Wildlife Grant Scheme. The Devon Environment Foundation (DEF), Devon Communities Together (DCT), and Devon County Council (DCC), as part of the commitment to help tackle the Ecological Emergency, finance this fund.

The aim of this grant scheme is to provide an easy way for community groups to access small amounts of funding to start a wildlife group or carry out activities that promote wildlife. Funds can be used for advice, equipment and other resources.

Whilst Devon is green and beautiful, we have lost vast areas of habitat and species over the last 50 + years. The project recognises the vital role community action can play in tackling the ecological emergency through diverse, environmentally sustainable interventions that will provide long-term benefits for wildlife.

This could include creating new wildlife sites or changing the management of gardens, parks, green spaces, churchyards, orchards, ponds, ditches and buildings, in a way, which will benefit wildlife.

Community Wildlife Groups, Town / Parish Councils, Schools and Multi-Academy Trusts and other not-for-profit organisations can apply for the fund. Collaborative partnership amongst groups are welcomed, however, the application will have to be made by a lead partner.  For full guidance, information and a link to the online application form visit the Devon Communities website.

Business Grants for Young Entrepreneurs in the South West – New Post!

Are you a young entrepreneur, age 18-30 in Devon? Been trading for less than two years? You can apply for grant funding for South West based start-ups and businesses. Get access to a business mentor who can act as an independent sounding board for any business issue you would like to discuss and meet a network of other people in the same position as you. Find out more about the support available:  South West Enterprise Fund (SWEF) Business Grants for 18 – 30 Year Olds

The Bloss Family Foundation – New Post!

Grants of up to £1,000, are available to registered charities in Devon that are enabling mentally and/or physically disabled children and young adults enjoy a better quality of life.

Its objectives are to help children and young adults aged 18 and below who are from deprived backgrounds and/or who are mentally and/or physically disabled to enjoy a better quality of life by making grants for providing or paying for items, services or facilities.

Please note that the Foundation does not maintain a website. Further information is, however, available on the Charity Commission website.

Benefact Trust – New Post!

Benefact Trust’s Building Improvement Grants programme provides essential support to protect and enhance churches and Christian charity buildings, ensuring their continued use, viability, and the safeguarding of their heritage.

The programme is open to applications from churches, cathedrals, denominational bodies and Christian charities.

Under Building Improvement Grants, they are able to support direct capital costs relating to the following types of work:

  • Essential, one-off repairs or other capital works to ensure the continued use or viability of a building (capital work must be considered urgent or necessary within 12 months)
  • Minor capital works or equipment purchases to meet operational or accessibility requirements (e.g. essential operational equipment, AV equipment, hearing loops, ramps, etc)
  • Conservation or restoration of historic features (e.g. stained glass, carvings, interior furnishings, clocks, tower bells, organs etc) which contribute to preservation and appreciation of a building’s heritage
  • Other aesthetic enhancements (e.g. interior decoration, furnishings or public realm improvements) to improve indoor or outdoor spaces for users
  • Energy efficiency/renewable energy measures (e.g. heating/lighting upgrades, solar panels, etc) which improve the sustainability of church buildings/facilities and enable their continued use

All applicants will be expected to have secured funding for at least 30% of their total project costs before making an application.

Sport England – Small Grants Programme – New Post!

Our Small Grants Programme seeks to develop opportunities for communities to get more people physically active and we’ll support new projects through providing National Lottery funding of between £300 and £15,000. 

Closing Opportunities!

D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust – Deadline 7th June 2023

The Trust funds United Kingdom Registered Charities operating in the UK in the fields of the advancement of the arts, health and medical welfare and environmental protection or improvement.

The Trustees will consider applications for core costs or projects and are very conscious of the work involved in applying for a grant and encourage charities to consider whether their work aligns with the Trust’s priorities for the next three years before submitting an application.

The Trustees usually consider applications three times a year in March, July and November. They will only make grants to Registered, Exempt or Excepted charities.

The grants awarded are usually between £500 and £6000

The next grant making meeting will be on the 12th July 2023 and the final closing date for the submission of online applications for this meeting is the 7th June 2023. 

A full list of the criteria, the grant process, and the online form is available on the D’Oyly Carte Website.

Inman Charity – Deadline 31st August 2023 – New Post!

The directors of the corporate trustee (‘the directors’) operate a grant giving policy with a view to making annual distributions of £350,000. 

The directors are particularly interested in supporting the following areas of charitable work:-

  • Medical research
  • Care of the elderly
  • General welfare
  • Hospices
  • The Deaf and Blind
  • Care of the physically & mentally disabled
  • The Armed Forces

If you are a charity working in any of these fields and would like to request financial assistance, please read the Application Guidelines available on their website.

Applications must be received by the end of February or the end of August to be sure of consideration at the Spring or Autumn Meetings.

All applications should be sent in writing to: The Inman Charity, BM Box 2831, London WC1N 3XX

Requests for support should be made by letter confirming the registered Charity Number, the aims and objectives of the Charity, and any other relevant factors.
In order for the appeal to be considered, the applicant must provide a copy of their latest annual report and a set of the most recent audited accounts.

The directors will support specific projects. In this case please provide details of the total amount required, contributions received to date and proposed timing to completion. The directors do not acknowledge applications and will only contact those to whom grants are awarded.

Visit The Inman Charity website for further details

For a full list and downloadable / printable versions of ALL current funding opportunities please click the “Full List” link below:

Full List of Grant Funding Opportunities