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Training and Events
Funding Opportunities


What could you achieve through a better understanding of your volunteers?
New research from Exeter University seeks to develop a better understanding of what drives volunteers to want to participate in your organisations and give up their time for a good cause.

They are investigating the motivations of Devon people who actively participate in society through volunteering, campaigning, and generally getting involved in causes that matter to them. They want to find out:
  • Who are the people creating change through active social and environmental citizenship?
  • What makes active citizens and volunteers tick?
  • What kinds of activities do they do and what do they want to be involved with?
  • What kind of obstacles might stop them doing more?
With the support of Devon Voluntary Action, they are seeking as many Devon group leaders as possible to help with this research, by distributing an online survey to members of your group. They are looking for adult participants who are involved with all kinds of causes that seek to improve society and the environment we live in.

Much research into citizenship focuses on initial barriers to participation, however this novel research looks at the choices we make about where we give our time and will develop a broader understanding of citizenship and how we create social change. This Masters research will be completed by autumn 2016 and will inform subsequent PhD research into citizenship. The approximately twenty minute survey will be distributed in May.

It’s important that this research helps people who are working in the third sector, therefore the results will be compiled into a report that will be made accessible to participating group leaders. This will be available by the end of the year. A better understanding of people who volunteer could help you to attract more volunteers in future and improve volunteer satisfaction and retention within your organisation.

To get involved or find out more please contact Pamela Buchan via email at, or call 07764 492220.
Please share this with any other voluntary or community group leaders you know that could benefit from the results of this research.
Young Devon is recruiting Trustees
Active Devon is a community focussed, not for profit organisation which has as its vision ‘everyone in Devon active for life’. We work with partners throughout the county to develop and promote opportunity for people in Devon to live active lifestyles.

The Active Devon Board sets the strategic direction for the organisation and provides oversight for its work. The Board consists of up to twelve Members who are appointed from a range of sectors and disciplines to ensure that the Board has an appropriate mix of skills, experience and local knowledge. We work hard to ensure that our skills based Board includes members from both within and beyond the physical activity / community sport sectors. 

This is a particularly exciting time to join the Board as it redefines and implements Active Devon’s strategy. The role of Board Member is a voluntary position. 

For more information contact Matt Evans, Chief Executive, Active Devon, The Loft, Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre, Haven Road, Exeter EX2 8DP Tel: 01392 925150 Email :

Deadline for Expressions of Interest is Monday 6th June 2016 with a view to the appointment process taking place during June.
Consultation Events to Help Design Carer Services 
Devon Carers Partnership want to know what people caring for another adult think future carer services should look like. To Participate in the consultation carers can drop in to one of their events anytime between 10am and 4pm for tea, coffee and cake and give their views.
  • Exeter Isca Centre - Tuesday 17th May
  • Passmore Edwards Centre, Newton Abbot - Tuesday 24th May
  • Tavistock Town Hall - Thursday 16th June
  • The Watermark, Ivybridge - Thursday 23rd June

To book, organise replacement care or long journeys to events, please contact 01392 383000. Ask for either Heather Spackman or Sally O’Donnell.
CQC to Inspect South Western Ambulance Service in June - Views sought

CQC is inspecting South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust in June 2016 and are looking for views on the service to help determine when, where and what to inspect. You can tell them about your experience of care via: You can tell them about good and poor care and you don't have to give your name.  
Training and Events
What's coming up in June from DeVA Partners: 
Delivered by DeVA Partner, South Hams CVS, this masterclass will provide an introduction to the key social media platforms and how these can be used effectively to promote services and generate support.
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Delivered by DeVA Partner, Teignbridge CVS, this session will help groups avoid the common errors and create a winning bid.
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Delivered by DeVA Partner, South Hams CVS, this introductory session looks at the definition of volunteering, volunteer rights, the difference between a contract and an agreement, volunteer expenses, insurance, Health & Safety, Data Protection, Copyright Law, the Equality Act 2010 and DBS checks.
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21st June 2016 - Finding Funding (Barnstaple)
Delivered by DeVA Partner, North Devon Voluntary Services. You may have an innovative idea, or you may need to find more money for an existing project which works well. Make sure that you’ve left no stone unturned in the search for funding.
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Delivered by DeVA Partner, Teignbridge CVS, you will be given a well-rounded session including legislation, accident prevention, responsibilities, and risks and hazards.
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Delivered by DeVA Partner, South Hams CVS, this bite size workshop will consider the main funding avenues open to voluntary and community groups including community fundraising, charitable trusts and crowdfunding. Participants will consider the pros and cons of each approach and what might work best for their organisation.
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Funding Opportunities
Seafarers UK
Deadline 23 May 2016
Seafarers UK, which was previously known as the King George’s Fund for Sailors, has been helping seafarers since 1917.
Maritime charities can apply for both main and small grants provided the purposes of the grants are for separate projects, activities or services.
The Grants Scheme aims to deliver projects, services or activities in the UK and Commonwealth that support seafarers, ex-seafarers, their spouses and dependants. Support is also available for maritime youth organisations where the promotion of a career at sea is an element of their activities.
Community Radio Fund
Deadline 26 May 2016
The Community Radio Fund is managed by Ofcom with funding from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). The aim of the programme is to support community radio licensees with the core costs of running a community radio station on the condition that the station has a social purpose and works to involve the local community in the running and providing of the service.
Exeter Board Community Grant Fund
Deadline 26 May 2016
The Exeter Board Community Grant Fund is jointly provided and administered by Exeter City Council and Devon County Council.
Members of Exeter City and Devon County Councils established a Joint Board comprising the nine County Councillors for Exeter and five members of the City Council to be able to work together to support initiatives and new developments that will benefit the city through this fund.
The scheme aims to address issues of common interest for projects of community benefit across the City and to help give access to a wider pool of funding supporting neighbourhood and community development.
Lloyds Bank Foundation - INVEST PROGRAMME
Deadline 27 May 2016
The Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales has created the Invest Programme to provide longer term core or direct delivery funding for charities and charitable incorporated organisations (CIOs) which are delivering clear outcomes as a result of their work with people experiencing multiple disadvantage at one of the critical points in their life.
Pink Ribbon Foundation
Deadline 27 May 2016
The Pink Ribbon Foundation funds breast cancer charities that support people suffering from breast cancer, in the form of financial assistance, care, advice, emotional and practical support.
It also seeks to promote awareness and understanding of breast cancer, primarily by funding research into causes, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. Funding is available to registered charities in the UK.
Priority will be given to:
  • Programmes that work to promote a positive view of breast cancer.
  • Applications from Black, Minority and Ethnic (BME) communities.
  • Groups who support and encourage volunteers.
  • Organisations dealing with exceptional circumstances.
Thomas Wall Trust
Deadline 31 May 2016
The Thomas Wall Trust offers grants to support organisations that provide innovative services in education and/or social welfare. Funding is available for specific project costs.
Registered charities in the UK with an annual income of less than £100,000 are eligible to apply.
Grants are available up to a maximum value of £1,000. Applicants can apply for up to three grants over three years as long as the total doesn't exceed £1,000. 
M&S Energy Competition
Deadline 31 May 2016
M&S Energy launched the Community Energy Fund last summer to mark its move to supplying all of its electricity from renewable sources. The fund supports community renewable energy projects and technologies across England, Scotland and Wales.
This year, £350,000 will be awarded to renewable energy projects that can show they have the support of their local community. The maximum award available is £12,500 and is to be used for capital costs relating to the installation of the specified technology.
The competition is open to any not-for-profit organisation that wants to use renewable energy to provide community benefit. This could be, for example, parish and town councils, local action or interest groups, village or community hall associations, community energy groups, sports and recreation clubs, libraries, schools, scout and guide groups, religious or faith groups, or any organisation that wants to have a positive impact on the environment.
Shortlisted applicants will need to organise support from their community to vote for their campaign on the competition website.
Health Based Places of Safety Funding
Deadline 31 May 2016
The Department of Health, Mental Health, Disability and Dementia Division, has launched a £15 million fund in order to make payments to NHS providers, Local Authorities and third sector organisations to fund improvements to the provision of health based places of safety in England, or to fund other facilities that provide support for people in, or recovering from, mental health crisis.
The intended core outcome of this initiative is to work with local Crisis Care Concordat groups and provider organisations to increase the capacity and number of health based places of safety, and to improve other aspects of crisis care services.
The Department of Health anticipates these improvements will reduce the need to use police cells, except in the most exceptional circumstances.
The first use of the fund will be to support those parts of the country that still had significant numbers of people being taken to police custody in 2014/15. Applications will be accepted from a list of priority local Crisis Care Concordat Group areas including DEVON, TORBAY and PLYMOUTH

Places of safety are defined under the Mental Health Act 1983, which states that when a police officer finds a person who appears to be suffering from a mental disorder, in a public place, who appears to be in “immediate need of care and control”, the officer may remove that person to a place of safety, under the power in section 136 of the Act. This place of safety should ideally be a health based place of safety, where the person can be rapidly examined by a registered medical practitioner and interviewed by an approved mental health professional so that any necessary arrangements for care and treatment can be made.
Royal British Legion External Grants
Deadline 31 May 2016
The Royal British Legion offers funding for specialised projects or services for serving and/or ex-Service personnel and/or their families with the following priorities:
  • Employment and training;
  • Family support;
  • Homelessness and outreach; and
  • Supporting the elderly.
Applications are invited for one-off grants up to £50,000 (although the Legion advises the vast majority of awards will be for far lesser amounts) from charitable organisations, including faith based groups, in England, Wales and Northern Ireland that have been active for two years or more and share at least one of the following objectives:
  • To relieve need and further the education of ex-Service personnel and their spouses, children and dependants;
  • To relieve need and protect the mental and emotional health of families left by those who have died in the Armed Forces;
  • To relieve suffering, hardship and distress to families caused by the absence of those serving in the Armed Forces; or
  • To promote and support schemes that aim for the resettlement, rehabilitation, retraining and employment of ex-Service personnel and their families. 
Power to Change - Community Business Fund
Deadline 1 June 2016
Power to Change's Community Business Fund is a new £10 million programme. It  aims to support community businesses in order that they can increase their social impact and become more financially viable through improving their traded income, reducing costs or securing an asset.
Community businesses in England can apply for grants of between £50,000 and £300,000. 
Funding can be used for:
  1. Capital costs including building, vehicles, equipment of significant value or refurbishment costs; or
  2. Project-specific revenue costs such as staff costs, professional fees or volunteer costs.
Match funding of at least 25% is required. Applicants should have other sources of funding either confirmed or close to confirmation to demonstrate that the project is viable.

PLEASE NOTE: Power to Change has stated that this is likely to be an extremely competitive grant scheme with an expected success rate of just 1 in 20 of all applications.

Eligible projects must have a charitable purpose, be for the public benefit and share one or more of the following impact goals:
o Reduce social isolation;
o Improve health and wellbeing;
o Increase employability;
o Create better access to basic services;
o Improve local environment;
o Enable greater community cohesion; or
o Foster greater community pride and empowerment.
Projects must be ready to start within six months and can last between 18 months to 3 years in total. 
Tesco Bags for Help
Deadline 3 June 2016
Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme is funded by Tesco customers from the proceeds of the 5p charge for plastic carrier bags.
Round 1 of the scheme awarded £11.5 million in grants across the UK. Round 2, with an indicative budget of £12 million, is now open to applications.
Three grants of £8,000, £10,000 and £12,000 are awarded by each Tesco superstore for capital improvements to local community green spaces. The spaces must have free and open access to all members of the community for a minimum of six days a week during daylight hours. 
Healthy Heart Grants
Deadline 10 June 2016
The Healthy Heart Grants scheme is a result of a partnership between the Heart Research UK (HRUK) and the SUBWAY franchise. The money for the grants is raised by SUBWAY staff and customers through in-store fundraising and collection boxes. The funding rotates around the UK at different times of the year.
The grant scheme provides financial support to communities so they can lead healthier lifestyles and look after their hearts. Projects should be new and innovative and carried out by not-for-profit organisations to promote healthy hearts and to prevent or reduce the risks of heart disease in specific groups or communities in the UK.
Money Saving Expert Charity
Deadline 10 June 2016
MSE Charity, the charitable fund of financial advice website, offers grant support for charities, self-help groups, and other community organisations to enable them to educate people across the UK about problems relating to consumer debt.
Using funding provided by annual donations from the website and proceeds from sales of books written by the website's founder Martin Lewis, MSE Charity aims to help communities break the cycle of debt by helping people to become more financially aware.
The MSE Charity is in a period of strategic review and normal grant giving has been put on hold. Instead the Charity is running an Innovation Round which is open to stage one applications - grants of between £2,000 and £15,000 are available for projects that are likely to be completed in one year; however, applications for up to three years will be considered. Grants of up to £5,000 are normally available.
The MSE Charity will consider full project cost recovery, but costs must only relate to the project itself and not the organisation's core funding.
Convenant Fund
Deadline - Varies depending on priorities
The Covenant Fund provides £10 million each year to support the armed forces community across the UK.
Current open funding priorities:
1. VETERAN'S GATEWAY - A single grant of up to £2 million for a two-year pilot project to set up a single 24/7 multi-media point of contact for veterans seeking assistance. It will refer callers to existing service providers across the UK, and then follow up with the caller to ensurethey got the advice they need.
The Veterans’ Gateway will be funded as a two year project, with the aim that it became self-financing within those two years.
DEADLINE 1 July 2016

2. FAMILIES IN STRESS - Grants of between £20,001 and £300,000 for projects that support families of serving personnel who are experiencing a significant stressful life event and would benefit from an intervention from a provider who can offer specialised, localised (or easily accessible) and immediate support.
These life events could include life-changing injury, bereavement, domestic abuse, relationship break-up, those subject to the civil or service justice system or mental health issues.
Beneficiaries should be the families of serving personnel based both in the UK and overseas. Projects must either be new or enhance the support that is already available with an emphasis on long-term self-sufficiency. Projects should fill gaps in provision and not replicate or replace services already provided, nor create dependency.
This priority will not fund capital schemes such as play parks or projects that extend to the family of veterans.
DEADLINE 22 June 2016

3. COMMUNITY INTEGRATION/DELIVERY OF LOCAL SERVICES - Grants up to £20,000 for projects that respond to the local needs of the Armed Forces Community and improve recognition of the Armed Forces Covenant, and:
• Help integrate Armed Forces and civilian communities across the UK, and/or
• Deliver valuable local services to the armed forces community.
DEADLINE 22 June 2016

Aged Veteran Fund
Deadline 1 July 2016
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) established the £25 million five-year Aged Veterans Fund last August. Now in its second year, the Fund is providing grants of up to £5 million for the 2016/17 financial year.
The funding is aimed at projects that support the non-core health, wellbeing and social care needs for UK veterans born before 1 January 1950 and who are residing permanently in the UK. This includes veterans who have survived the Second World War, those who undertook National Service and other voluntary enlisted veterans who may need some focused support in relation to their health and social care needs. Families and carers may indirectly benefit from the projects, but no individual or their descendants may receive any cash benefit.
The grants are intended to assist with the following:
  • Practical support and companionship to improve older veterans wellbeing.
  • The provision of services to assist individuals in the completion of personal paperwork.
  • Projects to build or enhance access to centres where elderly veterans can meet and avoid isolation.
The funding is for projects which are broadly accessible, as well as those that are targeted at the oldest and most infirm, who have clear support physical and emotional needs to live independently and avoid isolation.
The Government is 'particularly keen' to receive portfolio applications from not-for-profit organisations that have a good track record of managing similar strategic partnership projects across regions and nationally. In this case, 'portfolio' refers to a linked collection of projects coordinated by the lead organisation and provided by suitable partner organisations.
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