If you are an individual, group or organisation that is on the lookout for funding opportunities then these offers of support might be what you are looking for.

We’ve also thrown in a bit of community news.

Christians Against Poverty (CAP) – free Debt Management support and Money Management help in North Devon

CAP is working to reach families in North Devon and Torridge who are living with unmanageable debt.

Their Debt Centre, based at Holy Trinity Church in Barnstaple, is supported by volunteers from across the region. All the financial advice comes from the Bradford Head Office of CAP who organise a budget for the client to follow, deal with creditors and manage some bill payments.  Two debt coaches are available to meet clients through online calls or face to face visits, and support them until they are debt free. The service is completely free to clients. 

Available services include; Debt coaching, Money Course, Life Skills and the Fresh Start course (for those with addictions),

For further details please email benwarrender@capuk.org or call freephone: 0800 328 000


Crowdfunding support for clubs and organisations – Sport England

Sport England have committed another £1 million to combating the impact of coronavirus (Covid-19) on sports clubs and community activity groups, in the form of match funding through Crowdfunder.

This ‘Active Together’ partnership with Crowdfunder follows a successful collaboration from November 2018, which saw them committing to match fund 23 projects up to the value of £15,000 each.

This time they are matching crowd funds of up to £10,000 raised by clubs and organisations hit by the coronavirus crisis – and is in addition to the up to £210 million coronavirus support package already announced.

To be eligible, organisations must be:

  • Local sports clubs,
  • Charities
  • Community or
  • Voluntary and social enterprise sector organisations

that deliver sport and/or physical activity in their community (including organisations that are not solely or primarily sports organisations) for the benefit of people residing in England.

For further information visit: Sport England – Crowdfunding


GEM Road Safety Charity- deadline 31st December 2020

The GEM Road Safety Charity exists to contribute to improving the safety of all road users throughout the country by making grants and providing financial assistance to support innovative projects that have regional or national significance. They welcome applications from registered charities, road safety organisations, universities and groups with a clearly defined and well planned project. 

Applications are assessed by the Board of Trustees following consultation with GEM’s Executive Council and all applications should contain a plan, timeline and proposed budget for the project. It is unlikely that the Trustees will consider applications that seek to extend core funding or those previously funded by a statutory agency but each application is taken on its own merit.

Before applying it may be worth taking a couple of minutes to read through the guidance on their website: www.motoringassist.com/the-gem-story/road-safety-charity/


The Pret A Manger Foundation

Grants up to £5,000 for small, grassroots registered charities working directly with homeless people in areas where Pret A Manger has a presence. The overarching aim of the Pret Foundation is the alleviation of poverty, hunger and homelessness in Pret markets around the world. The Foundation fulfils its remit through activities including surplus food redistribution, targeted grant giving, and shelter/employment programmes.

Small, grassroots registered charities providing support for homeless people where Pret A Manger has outlets may apply for a grant of up to £5,000 with no matched funding requirement. Applicants should receive no more than 20% of their income from statutory funding and be solving a real problem in a practical way.

Previously supported projects include establishing a choir for homeless people, providing skills based classes, and running drop-in advice services. The Foundation also makes donations of food and kitchen equipment.

Contact details for the Foundation are the Pret-a-Manger Foundation, 1 Hudson’s Place, London, SW1V 1PZ Email: pretfoundation.donations@pret.com


Made in Devon!- Free Membership for first 50 applications

Trading Standards is offering free membership to 50 Devon businesses to join the newly launched ‘Made in Devon’ scheme. Devon, Somerset & Torbay Trading Standards have set up the scheme to provide consumers with the confidence that they are buying products that are genuinely sourced from Devon.

Businesses wishing to join are assessed by Trading Standards officers to ensure that they and their products meet the qualifying criteria; that their goods are actually made in Devon and that the component parts of products, or ingredients of foods, are sourced from within the county.

Membership also provides local businesses with access to legal advice, and regulatory and business support and advice from qualified and experienced trading standards officers – services that non-members are charged for.

To apply, businesses are asked to go visit the website: www.buywithconfidence.gov.uk to complete the application form, writing “Made In Devon” in the Reference Code box to apply for the free membership for the first year.


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The DIY SOS team are looking for projects that benefit a large number of people within the community.

If you work in, or run, a community project that needs help, send details of what you do, who you are, and what help you need to   diysos.bigbuild@bbc.co.uk