Community Benefit Fund Makes a Difference

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A Community Benefit Fund has distributed £8,000 since opening for applications just a few months ago, helping to ensure the community receives support for projects that help to make a positive difference to the lives of local people.

Two community organisations received funding from Devon Community Foundation’s Thorne Farm Wind Turbine Community Benefit Fund; Holsworthy Rural Community Transport and St Pancras Church.

£3,000 was invested in Holsworthy Rural Community Transport to contribute towards their ring and ride service, helping over 250 isolated older people without their own transport to attend appointments and remain independent in their own homes for as long as possible.

Martin Prentice, from the group said, “Getting this grant is great news it will help us continue to provide the service to those who are rurally isolated, vulnerable and who depend on the service for social contact and for essential shopping.”

A local who depends on the charity to help her get to hospital appointments said, “It is a wonderful service and a lifeline when one is so isolated.”

A further £5,000 was awarded to St Pancras Church in order to ensure the future of the village church, a central meeting point for many community groups, helping to bring people together and reduce isolation for this rural community.

Martha Wilkinson, Chief Executive of Devon Community Foundation said, “The creation of this Fund, with Devon Community Foundation is of real value to the local community. It will have significant impact within the Pancrasweek, Pyworthy and Holsworthy Hamlets area, supporting local voluntary groups and charities, enabling residents to continue to build on their vibrant and thriving communities.”

Applications are welcome at any time, if you have any questions and you can find out more about the Foundation and funding opportunities at www.devoncf.com. Or just get in touch on 01884 235887 or email grants@devoncf.com.