Trusts & Foundations

As one of the largest funders of the community and voluntary sector in Devon, we distribute funds on behalf of a range of Charitable Trusts and Foundations which appreciate our knowledge of the voluntary sector in Devon, our robust assessment and monitoring of grants, and our evaluation and reporting mechanisms. With our knowledge and experience of grant making and community development in Devon, the Foundation is uniquely placed to offer other Charitable Trusts and Foundations a comprehensive and tailor made grant making service. 

We can also take on existing charitable trusts that are ineffective due to difficulties in identifying beneficiaries or attracting new trustees. There are a range of ways we can help, from assisting with grant making to taking over legal responsibilities for the trust completely, while those who want to can still retain an interest. A great example is the North Devon Relief Fund and how it was transferred to us nearly 60 years after it was originally created in response to the Lynton and Lynmouth flood disaster.

Options include:

  • Transfer your Charitable Trust to the Foundation in line with the original aims and objectives  
  • Commissioning us to source, assess and evaluate applications 
  • Making a one-off or annual award to the Foundation, which is ring-fenced and distributed in accordance with agreed criteria
  • Become part of our grant making panels