Funding to take on community assets

The Community Ownership Fund is a new government programme with £150m over 4 years to support community groups to take ownership of assets that are at risk of being lost to the community. The fund will support a range of community ownership projects such as sports facilities, arts and music venues, museums and galleries, parks, pubs, post offices and shops.

Devon County councillors

Each Devon County Councillor has £10,000 of funding to give to worthy projects in their areas. It is easy to apply, contact your local Devon County Councillor.

Awards for All, England  

Awards for All, England is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and makes grants of  £300 - £10,000 for people to take part in community activities. You may find Awards for All is a helpful starting point in your quest for funding, particularly for small-scale, community based projects based around increasing participation and accessibility. You can find out more by phoning 08454 102030.

The People's Postcode Trust

Funding is available for projects up to 6 months in length from the People's Postcode Trust. They make grants to registered charities of between £500 and £10,000 and community and voluntary groups, community interest companies and other not for profit organisations can apply for up to £2,000.

Comic Relief - Local Communities in Devon

Comic Relief - Local Communities in Devon has funding available of up to £10,000 for sports or community projects in Devon that empower local people and enable them to create lasting change in their communities. Residents associations, community centres, social enterprises, community interest companies and credit unions are eligible to apply. For more information phone 01884 235887.

The Besom Foundation

The Besom Foundation is a Christian charity that has grants of up to £4,000 available to help people who really want to make a difference.  It supports projects at grass roots level which permanently improve the quality of life of people by increasing their abilities to help themselves. The main activities are; employee clusters; positive recycling; and volunteering. For more information phone 0207 223 0119.

The My Community Rights online hub and advice service

The My Community Rights online hub and advice service run by Locality helps communities to use the community rights. The Community Rights are a set of powers that give you more control over your community. They can also help you apply for some of the £30million in funding available for these Community Rights. For more information phone 0300 020 1864.

Waitrose supermarkets

Waitrose supermarkets each have £1,000 a month to distribute amongst three local community projects.. To be considered for a donation, good causes and charities should contact their local store or can be nominated by customers of Waitrose staff. All Waitrose employees at the store will choose which three benefit and customers will decide how to share out the £1,000 between the three worthy causes.

The Mohammad Ibrahim Foundation

Funding is available from The Mohammad Ibrahim Foundation to improve the quality of life for people and communities in the UK, both now and in the future. It likes to consider work which others may find hard to fund, perhaps because it breaks new ground, appears too risky, requires core funding or needs a more unusual form of financial help such as a loan.

South West Water

South West Water have grants of between £50 and £1,000 available to support charitable organisations who are working to improve communities through sport, cultural, educational, social or environmental activities.

The Wakeham Trust

Grants of between £75 and £750 are available from The Wakeham Trust to help people improve their communities. They are very interested in funding neighbourhood projects, community arts projects, young people involved in community service and projects set up by those who are socially excluded. For more information phone 01730 821748.

The Foyle Foundation

The Foyle Foundation has grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 available to support smaller charities. In particular they will fund those working at grass roots and local community level, and the grant must make a significant difference to their work. For more information phone 02074 309119.

The Nationwide Foundation

Grants of up to £5,000 are available to registered charities with a yearly income of less than £500,000 from The Nationwide Foundation. This funding is to help support housing and/ or financial aims. For more information phone 01793 655113.

Wilkinson's Hardware Stores Helping Hands Scheme

Wilkinson's Hardware Stores Helping Hands Scheme have vouchers and financial support available to local groups, charities and organisations within the stores catchment area for community initiatives. They are particularly interested in supporting education, family, sports and arts projects. For more information phone: 01909 505 505.

The Garfield Weston Foundation

The Garfield Weston Foundation has grants available of between £3,000 and £1million. They support a wide variety of good causes including: education, the arts, welfare, youth, community, environment, mental health, health, religion (especially church restoration) and others. For more information phone 02073 996565.

B&Q Waste Donate Scheme

Schools, charities and community groups can now apply for products and waste materials through the B&Q Waste Donate Scheme. Every store within the UK operates this scheme. B&Q donates products and waste materials they haven’t been able to sell for re-use such as slightly damaged tins of paint, off-cuts of timber, odd rolls of wallpaper and end-of-range materials. Donated products cannot be re-sold. Applications must be made directly to B&Q stores.