Voluntary, community and social enterprise sector groups within our area may be entitled to three very local grant schemes
EDDC’s own Action on Poverty Fund: https://eastdevon.gov.uk/…/east-devon-action…/overview/
Grants of up to £5,000 that work towards the aims within our Poverty Strategy. The first closing date is 30 September 2022 and there is a match funding requirement. Our Poverty Strategy is much broader than you may think, some ideas of what might be funded (but not a complete list):
• 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.
Devon County Council’s Connecting You Community Grants Fund: https://www.devon.gov.uk/…/connecting-you-community…/
Grants of up to £10,000 for innovative transport solutions to loneliness, for older people aged 55+ and / or young people aged 16 to 24.
Devon County Council’s Growing Communities Fund: https://www.devon.gov.uk/…/devon-county-council…/
Grants of up to £3,000 are available to projects that support Devon communities wishing to build self-reliance, tackle hardship such as food and fuel inequality, improve mental health and wellbeing, address loneliness and isolation, or respond to the climate emergency.