Current suspension to our grant-making services.
In February 2020 we announced that we were suspending our grant-making services in order to make time to evaluate our procedures. We also shared that we planned to re-launch a new system later in the year, together with a new website, that would be easier to use and more focussed on the needs of our applicants.
In March, as the pandemic hit and our grants team worked on administering emergency funding, it was clear that that there would be no time for such a review.
As of January 2021 we are sad to say that with more lockdown measures being announced, we are not yet in a position to re-open all of our usual rounds of grant funding. Instead we are concentrating on distributing further emergency funding.
We are still very much looking forward to introducing a new grant-making procedure when the time is right and would ask that if this of interest to you, to please either sign up for our Newsletter or follow us on social media for updates.
In the meantime, if you are charity or community organisation in Devon who is supporting vulnerable people affected by the coronavirus outbreak, you may be eligible to apply for our Devon Coronavirus Response and Recovery Fund here.
Or, if you are a charity or community organisation in Devon working in emergency food provision, find out more about our Community Food Programme: Winter Support Grants here.
Open and trusting grant-making
A new campaign has been launched by IVAR and London Funders, in collaboration with a small group of UK foundations and charities. They are calling on funders to adopt simpler, more flexible practices that make life easier for those they fund, in light of the ongoing uncertainty caused by Covid-19. Their ambition is to see these commitments extend beyond the crisis: to become standard practice in the sector. We are one of 50 funders who have signed up to their eight commitments and joined a community of practice with other funders and charities to improve practice together. Find out more and read our commitments here.