Advice & Support Programme

This programme will support organisations across Devon that are already providing support to individuals facing financial hardship or unemployment as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. These grants will support established organisations to add additional capacity to projects already running or support the growth of new projects in areas where support does not yet exist.

Over the past three months those claiming out of work benefits has more than doubled and the number of employees furloughed from their job roles is currently at 9.5 million. With the furlough scheme set to end in October and the UK economy on rocky ground, the full impact of Covid-19 on employment and income is still yet to be seen.

There are many factors associated with the lack or loss of a job or that can have a huge impact on our lives. Our jobs offer us financial stability, a routine and much of our social networks. All factors that we have come to greatly appreciate as a result of this pandemic.

This is a stressful time for everyone. There is a large amount of research into the relationship between meaningful employment and positive mental health. For those further from the workplace, finding employment often begins with support to build confidence, learn new skills and find volunteering opportunities, all of which have also been affected by the lockdown.

 The programme will support organisations and projects that will:

  • Support and signpost people to access individual hardship funds
  • Support people with job applications or creating a CV
  • Support people with digital skills
  • Provide debt/finance advice
  • Support to access training, skills development
  • Providing training and skills to increase employment opportunities, further training
  • Help build confidence and connect people into community activities/networks for mutual support


The geographic area this fund covers will be Devon, Plymouth and Torbay. Priority will be given to geographical areas who have experienced the highest rate of redundancy or most deprived LSOAs.


Funding of up to £10,000 is available to eligible organisations. The fund will award grants for a period of 6 months. Funding MUST be fully spent by 31st March 2021.

This funding is initially available for organisations that have been established for more than 12 months and whose annual income lies within £50,000 - £500,000 (based on 2019/2020 Accounts).

Project and/or core costs and overheads will be funded.

Expressions of interest for this programme are initially invited until 12 noon on Wednesday 23rd September.


23rd September                      12 noon deadline for expressions of interest

24th – 1st October                   Telephone interviews for shortlisted applications

29th Sept – 6th October          Application assessments

7th October                             Grant panel review

8th October                             Payment of grant to successful applicants


Please read the attached fund criteria for full details about the application process, eligibility and funding requirements.

Please note that the application window for this programme is now closed.