Devon Community Foundation is an independent charitable foundation specialising in awarding grants across Devon, Plymouth, and Torbay to voluntary and community sector organisations.
Our mission is to create flourishing, fair and diverse communities with opportunities for everyone in Devon by connecting communities, donors, and partners to maximise their local impact together.
With endowment funds of over £8.5million for the long-term benefit of the communities we serve, we manage over fifty different funds, distribute community and themed grants and have given more than £18million since 1994.
We lead the Wellbeing Exeter programme and are a key member of the Positive People initiative, funded by the National Lottery and EU, that works across the county. Through our Community Insights Team, we are developing very detailed knowledge about the associational life of many of our towns and urban areas.
During Covid local councils turned to DCF to provide knowledge about communities and channel money to organisations best placed to help the needs of families and communities. The team worked tirelessly to distribute grants from the National Emergency Trust as well as other funding and over £1.2m was given in 177 grants in the year up to the end of March 2021.