Guide East Devon Action on Poverty Fund

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2. What we will fund

  • Community led ideas and initiatives that will benefit East Devon’s communities.
  • We can give grants of between £500 and £5,000.
  • We would prefer to fund medium sized projects, rather than be contributing a small percentage of big costly projects.
  • Projects where a minimum of 50% of the total funding for the project / activity comes from elsewhere, and at least 70% of that money has already been raised.

Projects must help achieve one or more of the priorities / actions listed in our Poverty Reduction Strategy and Action Plan. This strategy aims to resolve the root causes of poverty. 

Just a few examples of what might be funded:
These are just examples and NOT a complete list. Please see out Poverty Reduction Strategy and Action Plan to see the full extent of what might be funded.

  • Projects that tackle hidden poverty, those who are struggling but aren’t currently seeking help.
  • Providing recognised and qualified advice on budgeting, money and debt issues to residents.
  • Helping people access support from the council and others to see if they are entitled to welfare benefits and other financial help and support.
  • Supporting low income residents to access the internet and develop digital skills.
  • Increasing the number of people volunteering for local voluntary and community groups within East Devon.
  • Projects that seek to understand and address the causes of food poverty.
  • Sustainable support to residents in fuel or water poverty, helping them to reduce their energy and water costs.
  • Environmental improvement projects in our more deprived Wards such as Littleham in Exmouth and St Pauls in Honiton.
  • Free events that celebrate diversity and promote community cohesion, in partnership with local equality and diversity organisations.
  • Supporting young people in reaching their employment potential.
  • Improving health outcomes for people due to financial hardship and debt, including access to good diet, cookery classes, healthy lifestyles and ill health prevention.
  • Helping to manage mental health issues arising from any impact of poverty, including low income, debt and fuel poverty.