Coronavirus News

Devon Coronavirus Response and Recovery Fund – Paused as of 1st October.

We would like to announce that after six months working to support groups and charities in their response to the coronavirus outbreak DCF are pausing applications to the DCRRF as of the 1st October 2020.

The Devon Coronavirus Response and Recovery Fund was launched in March and to date has distributed more than £725,000 to 180 different projects.

More recently we have also carried out further rounds of funding relating to the pandemic via the:

Core Cost Support Fund - to provide a short respite for some groups from the financial burden of their running costs whilst regrouping from the impact of the virus on their services.

And the Advice & Support Programme - concentrating on supporting organisations working with individuals facing financial hardship or unemployment as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

As well as carrying out an evaluation of our usual grants processes through an in-depth grant review (planned before the outbreak), and starting to plan our next steps of funding support relating to the crisis.

Whilst there is still great uncertainty surrounding the virus and what impact it is likely to have on our part of the country, we feel this is an appropriate time to pause our first fund. This will allow us to ensure the objectives of the fund are still aligned with the work community groups and charities are doing, and that our process to administer the fund also remain appropriate.

We are continuing to adapt to an ever-changing environment so that we can continue to offer the best means of support we can - when and how the organisations we support need it.

For further funding updates please check back to our website or sign up to our newsletter here.

For other outside sources of current Covid funding support visit our website here.

Read more about our Coronavirus response story here.



In order to be effective at what we do, it’s crucial that at Devon Community Foundation we really understand the difficulties being faced by people all over our county. Knowing what obstacles stand in the way of a happy, healthy and fulfilled life puts us in a better position to also understand and support the groups, charities and organisations that are out there offering solutions and help to those people.

The coronavirus pandemic has been no exception.


We have, over the last few months, shared many stories on behalf of a wide range of groups, who have worked tirelessly to respond to new or increased needs of the people they support as a result of the virus.

We have been amazed, but not surprised, to see how quickly they have come to the aid of those who have been isolated- both physically and emotionally, those who needed food, medicine, companionship, guidance, even equipment in order to be able to connect with others and stay safe.

We too had to move quickly at DCF and within 3 days of the government announcing a move to home-working, we had launched an emergency fund to support this work - the Devon Coronavirus Response & Recovery Fund.

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We are proud to report that to date the fund has distributed over £700,000 in grants across Devon and supported the incredible work of food banks; youth clubs; schools; hospices; pregnancy, family & elderly support groups; domestic abuse charities; bereavement support groups, charities working with the homeless and many, many more.

At present this fund remains open for those that continue to offer front-line support, though we anticipate that as lockdown restrictions continue to be lifted and therefore people’s immediate risk eases, the need for it will diminish and it will close.


After many weeks of successful grant making that has concentrated on the people directly and immediately impacted by the virus, in June we began to turn our attention to the charities and groups themselves.

It was clear, from direct conversation and our wider research, that some charities anticipated being highly impacted financially by the pandemic.

  • Many big funding bodies, on whom some small groups and charities rely for income, closed or changed their usual grant-making activities throughout the lockdown months.
  • Other in-house fundraising opportunities and events were unable to go ahead
  • Charities faced increasing costs due to extra demand on and diversification to their services

DCF have been pleased to have been able to offer a reprieve from financial pressure for some local groups for a short time with our Core Cost Support Fund that launched in August.

This fund offers groups a one-off grant that aims to mitigate their running costs for four months and enables them to cover expenses like rent, utility bills, insurance, salaries etc whilst they ‘regroup’.

Unfortunately, our limited time and resources have not allowed us to make an open call for applications to this fund. We have however, made careful and deliberate considerations to help as many groups as we possibly can, as fairly as we can, starting with those that already have an established link to us.

Applications to this fund are now closed.

Under this phase we are also pleased to report that with funds given to us from the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) we have been able to set up our Advice and Support Programme.

We anticipate that this will be an ongoing programme, our first round of funding for which is currently in progress supporting individuals facing financial hardship or unemployment as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. 

Resilience & Transformation

Whilst the Transition phase of our coronavirus funding is a quick but short-term answer to groups getting back on their feet, phase three will concentrate very much on the longer term of the wider voluntary sector as it moves into a new future, post Covid.

We will be working hard to continue to work with both the groups on the ground and other sector partners to develop a programme of grant-making and support aimed at ensuring charitable endeavour remains strong and connected in Devon after what has been a very turbulent and challenging 2020.

We aim to launch the Resilience & Transformation phase of our coronavirus in January of 2021.


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Thank yous

We'd like to extend our sincere thanks to all the individuals, partners and organisations that have pledged their support and donated to our work responding to the coronavirus outbreak so far.


You can still support us either in response to coronavirus or in our wider work.

Please visit our CAF donate page to make an immediate payment or if you’d like to talk to us about longer-term giving please contact our Philanthropy Director Scott.

Thank you!


To read out more about our work in response to the outbreak please click here.


If you are a group, charity or organisation in Devon that is continuing to offer support and services in direct response to the coronavirus outbreak please find details of how to apply to DCRRF here.

Other Funding News

We are currently working hard behind the scenes on a grant review in order to deliver a new and improved programme of grant-making soon.

Please keep an eye on our communications to find out when all our other funds will reopen for applications.

Please visit this page for an up to date and comprehensive list of other funders offering support at this time.

Other Help and Support

Please visit this page for an up to date and comprehensive list of other services and support in our area.


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