Latest Grants News

SME Innovation Fund – to match SMEs with researchers to develop innovative business ideas – closing date 30th June

Discover England Fund  - to develop bookable tourism products to encourage growth in international tourism – Round 1 close date - 16 September 2016, Round 2 close date October 2016

Skipton Grassroots Giving 2016 - help to community organisations, or groups, who only have access to limited funding from elsewhere (open from 3rd May 2016)

The Carbon Trust are offering energy opportunity assessments to small and medium sized businesses (companies with fewer than 250 employees) to help them identify energy saving opportunities, and to develop a robust business case for the purchase of the appropriate equipment – no application deadline

Impact your community with £10k energy project award

Local groups are being urged to apply for the newly launched Energy Impact Awards 2016 – which offer the chance to bag £10,000.

Fuel poverty charity National Energy Action (NEA) is welcoming applications from innovative energy projects throughout England and Wales - to benefit vulnerable people in their area. 

As well as the £10,000 award, there is also a runner-up prize of £7,500. The money could be used to develop a new or existing project or to demonstrate the effectiveness of a scheme so that it can be shared with a wider audience.

Held jointly with British Gas, the competition accepts entries from all not-for-profit groups and organisations. The awards are open to community groups, third sector organisations, health agencies, local authorities and other public bodies. They would need to demonstrate innovative approaches to tackling fuel poverty such as deploying new and exciting technologies and renewable energy.

Winners will also receive a free place at the NEA Annual Conference in Manchester in September where the wider energy sector comes together to share up-to-date policy and application experience, and to discuss the future of UK energy policy.

Maria Wardrobe, Director of External Affairs at NEA said: “I’m delighted that we have been able to introduce a big and impactful award scheme that rewards local community groups for the fantastic work that they’re carrying out to help vulnerable people. I welcome and support all entries and ideas, we know the level of work being carried out in the communities to help and assist those in need and we are looking forward to hearing from all the new and exciting initiatives out there.”

Christine Tate, Director of Corporate Responsibility at British Gas, said: “We’ve led the roll-out of smart meters; that’s why we know innovation can help people save energy. These awards will champion and give invaluable financial support to help local projects make a real difference to communities.”

If you are involved in an innovative local project related to the fight against fuel poverty, promoting affordable warmth and energy efficiency to vulnerable households in your community - you could be one of the winners of the Energy Impact Awards 2016! To find out more about how to enter, visit

The M&S Energy Community Energy Fund is back for 2016!

We’re pleased to announce that the M&S Energy Community Energy Fund is open for applications with £350,000 to distribute to community groups across the UK this summer.

There’s £12,500 up for grabs in each M&S region across Great Britain to use towards the installation of a renewable technology and generate energy for your community building.

Whether you’re a community energy group, a sports club or simply an organisation that wants to have a positive impact on the environment, we want to hear from you.

What do I need to do to apply?
Online applications are now open and you have until 31st May 2016 to tell us all about your project to be in with a chance to win funding.

A tip to support your application preparation:
1. Make sure Planning Permission or Permitted Development Rights has been approved prior to application

2. You will need to submit cost quotes from your installer so have this document ready to upload

Find out more and apply here

Other Grants we have heard about

Big Lottery Funding

Leader Funding

Grants to support small and micro businesses, including social enterprise, to start up and grow – funding for capital costs only. Depending on where you are based, this programme is managed by the following Local Action Groups (LAGS):

Other Funding Opportunities

  • Queen Elizabeth’s Scholarship Trust - for individuals to help with costs of training and further study for artisans and craftspeople in order to sustain traditional British craftsmanship
  • Postcode local Trust - Grants available to social enterprises, charities and not for profit organisations to help communities enhance their natural environment in a way that benefits the wider community
  • Post Code Community Trust - Grants available to social enterprises, charities and not for profit organisations to regenerate communities by improving social cohesion, economic infrastructure and provide or improve community-based facilities
  • Prince’s Countryside Fund - to have a long-term positive impact on rural communities by tackling key rural issues 
  • RBS Skills & Opportunities Fund - for projects that will promote education, develop skills for employment and help people to start a business 

Places to search for funding online:

Contact us - we can help you

The support that Devon Communities Together provides in relation to funding falls into three areas:

  • Advice and training - getting ready for investment, fundraising, effective applications
  • Loans from Community Council of Devon and other organisations
  • Grants that we administer; we provide advice on applications, manage the assessment process and arrange payments

Call Support Services on 01392 248919 or email [email protected] and we will direct you to a specialist depending on the nature of your enquiry