Due to the current Government Coronavirus restrictions, this grants scheme is now open again to new applications for the third time. 

The Covid 19 Fund is a small grants scheme that aims to support community-led schemes that carried out the small but important things that could safely address some of the issues arising because of Coronavirus restrictions, including support for those who are clinically extremely vulnerable.

  • It quickly provides small grants of between £300 and £700, grants can be given for higher amounts for exceptional projects.
  • It's a joint grants scheme from East Devon District Council and Devon County Council. We pay 50% of each grant awarded, and Devon County Council pay 50%.
  • It has been open to applications twice, during both periods of more significant Government Coronavirus restrictions. 

Examples of projects that could have been funded:

  • safe deliveries of essential goods and services to those who are vulnerable, such as foods and medicines.
  • support for accessing online information and services.
  • helping people to stay connected and informed and measures to support mental health and wellbeing.
  • transport-related initiatives that support safe community responses.

Find out more and apply

What was funded between March and July 2020

Devon County Council paid half the amounts given and we paid the other half.

Sixteen East Devon Coronavirus related projects were funded by the Covid-19 Prompt Action Fund between March and July 2020. The grants scheme was then paused due to a significant decline in applications. The 16 grants given out jointly by Devon County Council and East Devon District Council were:

  1. The Broadclyst Parish Council Community Support Scheme - £495 towards volunteer expenses, and leaflet printing to let people know about the scheme.
  2. Brampford Speke Help - £495 towards fuel costs, packaging and printing.
  3. The Random Kitchen, based at Honiton Rugby Club, are providing meals for vulnerable people in the area, were given £400 to help pay for ingredients and enhanced cleaning.
  4. Beer Action Group received £495 to help pay for providing and delivering food parcels to people in need.
  5. Mill Water School - £495 to help pay for activity packs for children and parents.
  6. Launchpad SW CIC, based in Budleigh Salterton, were given £495 towards delivering hot meals to vulnerable people who can’t cook for themselves.
  7. East Budleigh Parish Council - £395 to help pay for scrubs for a care home within the parish.
  8. Ottery Community Volunteers - £495 to help pay for the expenses of their volunteers and support deliveries to vulnerable people in the parish.
  9. Axmouth Parish Council were given £345 to help support volunteers within the parish, such as refunding them for any fuel costs.
  10. Sidmouth Voluntary Services - £495 to help pay for a kitchen refurbishment so they could start making and delivering meals for vulnerable people in the Sid Valley.
  11. Colyford Coronavirus Support Group - £300 to help refund costs incurred by their volunteers, such as fuel costs when delivering to people who are self isolating.
  12. £495 to the Ottery Help Scheme to pay for Personal Protective Equipment for their volunteer drivers.
  13. The Colyford Coronavirus Support Group - £185 to buy Personal Protective Equipment.
  14. Colyton Caterpillars were given £495 to help them pack for support packs and telephone support for the families they worked with.
  15. £400 for Axewoods Co-operative to help them deliver fuel to elderly and vulnerable people.
  16. Axe Valley Netball Club received £495 to pay for smaller group sessions.

There were also grants given out purely by Devon County Council before we joined in, these are not listed above.

What was funded between 5 November and 2 December 2020

Devon County Council paid half the amounts given and we paid the other half.

  1. Parental Minds - £500 to support families and carers of those with mental health concerns.
  2. Axminster and Lyme Cancer Support - £500 to help provide resources to maintain mental health for people with cancer and their carers.
  3. TRIP - £700 to help ensuring safe supplies of foods, medicine etc. to vulnerable people. 
  4. Budleigh Support - £700 towards leaflet drops to let the community know about the help they offer. 
  5. Sidmouth Voluntary Services - £400 for PPE Equipment and cleaning products to ensure safe services.
  6. Honiton Primary School - £500 for food hampers for vulnerable families. 
  7. Brixington Community Church - £300 for transport and delivery of food. 
  8. Honiton Carers Support Group - £572 to continue supporting carers mental health and wellbeing.
  9. Honiton 55+ - £600 for delivery of meals to vulnerable people in Honiton to vulnerable people.
  10. Exmouth Friends in Need - £400 towards food and consumables for people in need in the community. 
  11. Cranbabies The Baby Room - £700 to help them be Covid-19 safe. 
  12. Open Door Centre, Exmouth - £1,000 towards food and necessities for vulnerable people. 
  13. Mill Water School - £500 for tailored sensory activity packs for families with learning disabled children.
  14. Axminster Health and Wellbeing Centre - £700 towards sessional teachers and costs for online therapies such as yoga.
  15. Whimple Volunteer Group - £350 to pay for a hot meal delivery to 25 people per week for 7 weeks.
  16. Stockland Parish Council - £380 for a community website and interpretation boards to raise awareness of Stockland Turbaries.
  17. Esteem Team CIC - £700 to help pay for their regular parent / carer support group to those with children with additional needs.
  18. Feniton Primary School PTA - £700 for extra sports kit and books for Covid safe use by pupils.