community grants

DCF Community Grants

DCF Community Grants are designed to enable small, local, grassroots organisations across Devon to support, encourage and develop thriving communities.

Applications of up to £2,000 that fall within the following funding themes will be considered:

  • Assisting families in need
  • Bringing people together
  • Developing life skills
  • Enabling disabled people
  • Encouraging safety and resilience
  • Helping people find and keep a home
  • Keeping people safe and well
  • Offering training and work opportunities
  • Promoting access to arts, culture and nature

Who can apply?

Organisations that meet our standard eligibility criteria can apply for a Community Grant, including newly formed groups that do not have their own bank account.  

Please read our Community Grants Guidance notes for full details on eligibility.

What can be funded? 

Applications for both project and core costs will be considered, subject to our standard eligibility criteria.

What can't be funded?

Please refer to our list of what we won’t fund, found in our General Guidance for Applicants.

What documentation do I have to provide?

Please read our Community Grants Guidance notes for full details on supporting documents.

PLEASE NOTE. During the coronavirus pandemic we relaxed our requirements for emergency funding to make the application and administrative processes as simple and quick as possible. However, our application process has since been reviewed and OUR latest guidance notes detail the documents that will need to be provided with applications going forward. We would advise that it is important that you read the available guidance prior to submitting any application as we continually review and adapt our processes based on the learning gained.

How do I apply?

Please ensure you have fully read and understood the Guidance notes and our Terms and Conditions before completing our online application form.

When can I apply?

Applications will be considered on an on-going basis. Whilst we will do all we can to ensure that we can remain open for applications for Community Grants throughout the year, in exceptional circumstances we may have to temporarily close.

When will I know if I have been successful? 

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application within 2 months of receipt.

Any other questions?

If you have a question that relates to our general grants process please read the guidance we have provided on our Applying for a Grant page here.

If you have a question that relates specifically to our Community Grants please read the Grant Guidance below. 


If your question still hasn't been answered then please email and we will endeavour to respond to your query as soon as we can.

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