Coronavirus News

DCF ready to support again

DCF are pleased to announce the reopening of it’s Devon Coronavirus Response & Recovery Fund (DCRRF) today as result of the recent lockdown measures.

In 2020 the DCRRF distributed over £1.1 million to small local charities and community organisations, to enable them to carry out a wide range of activities and endeavours, some much different to their previous practices, in order to support vulnerable people during the pandemic.

The fund, that closed later in the year, was then superseded by a Core Cost Fund that aimed to help the groups themselves, as they reported their own financial discord.

As 2021 begins many people are now facing a repeat of the difficulties they encountered last year.  DCF have decided to reopen this funding in the hope it can help some of the groups offering support to revive or continue their services to support them.

One issue in particular that before Christmas gained National media spotlight, was food poverty.

In November DCF distributed just under £25,000 raised by Co-op supermarket to local foodbanks and groups delivering emergency meals to help with provisions.

In December DCF was proud to announce a partnership with Devon County Council relating to the food crisis. A grant programme was set up and funds were being awarded as just as the Christmas holidays approached, that were aimed specifically at supporting work relating to the feeding of households with children.

DCF were quick to re-open this fund in the New Year in order to allow groups to think more about food provision for families leading up to Easter. This fund, they are pleased to declare, is still very much open for applications.

If you would like to find out more about applying for a grant from the Devon Coronavirus Response & Recovery Fund please click here.

If you would like to find out more about applying for a grant from the Community Food Programme please click here.

If you would like to read our Covid Report and find out about our experiences of and response to the pandemic please click here.

If you would like to read about some of the groups we funded in 2020 please click here.


14th January 2021

 Covid Report released

We are proud to announce the publication of our Covid Report this week, sharing an insight into our activities over the past few months.

The Coronavirus outbreak is an exceptional event unlike any other we have seen in our lifetimes. Its reach across all sectors and into everyone’s lives has been unprecedented, and although the initial emergency phase of the pandemic can be considered to have ended, the virus remains a present threat and many challenges lie ahead, not least with the occurrence of further lockdown restrictions.

This report takes a look at this crisis and what it has meant for communities in Devon since it began. We tell the story of the community response that has helped the most vulnerable through these unprecedented times, and of our work to support it.

In this report we marked over £1 million of emergency funds that we distributed to charities, community and voluntary groups in Devon. You can read some of their stories and find out what we’ve learned about how we can carrying on supporting them, as we all continue to work through this unprecedented event.

3rd December 2020