East Devon District Council have grants available for funding for any projects related to providing food to residents of East Devon who are in food poverty during Covid-19.

This could include, for example:

  • A food bank whose stocks of items are running low and they need an immediate donation to enable them to restock.
  • New equipment / resources that allow groups to have the capacity for the increased number of people needing their food related service.
  • A service providing hot meals delivered to the homes of vulnerable people, children or adults, who might otherwise not have a hot meal.
  • Costs related to collecting food donations and delivering food to those in need.
  • Training of staff and volunteers working on food related projects. It can be used to fund eligible capital (so for physical things like equipment) and revenue costs (so for things like training, petrol costs).

How to apply

Please fill in our online application form by clicking on the start button at the bottom of the page. Please read the guidance below before applying. We'll get back to you if we have any queries.

How much you can apply for

You can apply to the Covid-19 Community Food Fund for between £150 and £2,500. Grants must be spent within 3 months.

Who can apply

Applications are accepted from constituted and not-for-private-profit voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector groups and organisations, town and parish councils, charities, or a combination of such groups working together. The group applying must have a bank account.

Non-constituted groups without their own, separate bank account may apply but they will need to do so with the support of an accountable constituted organisation acting on their behalf either as guarantor or as the holder of the funding. If you fall into this category, organisations that we would accept as guarantor or fund holder include:

  • town or parish councils
  • village hall
  • another constituted local voluntary group that qualifies

Those applying must:

  • Provide email permission of all relevant organisations to carry out their project.
  • Take responsibility for delivering their project.
  • Be able to deliver their project.
  • Agree to and sign a grant agreement and relevant terms and conditions for the funding (by signing the application form).

Terms and conditions

Please read, as by signing the application form you are agreeing to abide by these terms and conditions.

  1. The grant can only be used for the purposes specified in the application.
  2. Project applicants confirm the project serves communities within East Devon, with at least 75% of the people benefiting from the project living in East Devon.
  3. If you are a project working with vulnerable people, you have a Safeguarding Policy and / or appropriately trained staff / volunteers. For help with safeguarding contact Westbank, call 01392 446896 and ask for Sarah Forde or email: eastdevon.coronavirus@westbank.org.uk     
  4. There is no automatic right to a grant, we will consider all applications and decide on the applications it wishes to grant fund, seeking to distribute funding in an even-handed way across the entire East Devon area. We reserve the right not to make a funding offer to a project.
  5. Grants will be awarded where they are deemed to be most needed and where they would have the greatest impact and outcomes.
  6. Grants will be awarded on a one-off basis. Any grant relating to an application does not commit us to ongoing future funding.
  7. Applicants must accept, by signing the application form, the associated East Devon District Council Terms and Conditions before any grants can be released.
  8. The grant must be spent within 12 weeks of receipt. Any unspent/uncommitted monies may need to be returned to East Devon District Council, in line with the relevant terms and conditions applying.
  9. Any East Devon District Council grant-funded projects will clearly acknowledge, in any related publicity materials the Coronavirus Community Food Fund as an East Devon District Council initiative.
  10. Projects accept that we will issue publicity about projects and activities that we support, so may use such projects within our publicity materials and as promotional case studies and may wish the project to evaluate further its project work and outcomes. Publicity may include digital images, video and other content you have provided if you have confirmed them to be GDPR compliant.
  11. Within 3 months of project completion, projects will be sent a short evaluation form to fill in to tell us about their project. Proof of how fund monies have been spent must be supplied in the form of invoices and receipts.
  12. Repayment of East Devon District Council grant funds may be required at the sole discretion of East Devon District Council if a funded project supplies false information, fails to spend the money in any allotted time period, fails to return evaluation materials within the agreed time period and/or there are any other breaches of the conditions or eligibility criteria.
  13. We may request additional information and assurances; requiring additional terms and conditions to apply and will require you to confirm in writing your acceptance of any additional terms and conditions before agreeing to provide grant funding.

Data Protection

Any personal information which you provide will be held and used by East Devon District Council for the purpose of your application to the Coronavirus Community Food Fund.

By filling in the application form and sending your responses to us you are giving your consent for us to process your data in the ways described. If you change your mind and want to withdraw your consent, please contact our Data Protection Officer at dataprotection@eastdevon.gov.uk. 

Find out about our Privacy Notices and how we will use information about you

What we won't fund

Generally speaking, the following will not be eligible:

  • Projects that have already received funding from our Covid-19 Community Food Fund. Organisations can apply multiple times for different projects.
  • Projects that promote or support a particular political, faith or belief.
  • Individuals or projects that result in direct cash payments or awards to the end beneficiaries.
  • Project sponsorship and fundraising events.
  • Projects from commercial or for- “private-profit” organisations.
  • Projects benefitting one individual recipient, e.g. an individual carer.
  • Projects where more than 25% of the people benefiting from the project live outside of East Devon.
  • Projects seeking a commitment to ongoing support.
  • Projects that have already been completed.
  • Projects working with vulnerable people where there isn’t a Safeguarding Policy and / or appropriately trained staff / volunteers. For help with safeguarding contact Westbank, call 01392 446896 and ask for Sarah Forde or email: eastdevon.coronavirus@westbank.org.uk    
  • Funds that are required to help pay off debts.