Who should get share of £1m?

PUBLISHED: 13:22 25 September 2008 | UPDATED: 22:22 15 June 2010

Devon s local charity for local people, Devon Community Foundation, is calling for volunteers to come forward to have their say about which local community groups in East Devon and across the county should receive a share of almost £1 million.

Devon's local charity for local people, Devon Community Foundation, is calling for volunteers to come forward to have their say about which local community groups in East Devon and across the county should receive a share of almost £1 million.

The money available is part of the Grassroots Grants programme, which is designed to help small local community and voluntary groups get their hands on small amounts of cash which will make a big difference to them, their local communities and local people.

Whether it's getting hold of a new kit for the local sports club, giving the village hall a lick of paint, setting up a community garden or training new volunteers, the Grassroots Grants could provide a real lifeline for small, local groups.

The charity is looking for local people from all walks of life and all ages to join their Devon Grassroots Advisory Panel. The panel will be asked to assess applications every six weeks to decide which small groups who have applied for a Grassroots Grant of up to £5,000 would put the money to best use.

Panel members will need to have a good understanding of local needs in their particular area of Devon - some experience of working with community groups might be helpful.

Kathy Beechen, Assistant Director of Devon Community Foundation, explains: "The Devon Grassroots Advisory Panel is an essential way for us to keep in touch with what's happening locally and help us to identify where the real areas of need are.

"These small grants can make a huge difference to local community groups and local people, so it's essential that we award the money wisely."

Over the past few years, Devon Community Foundation has already made almost 70 grants worth approx £200,000 to small community groups in East Devon.

Anyone who would like to know more about joining the panel or applying for a grant should contact Kathy Beechen at Devon Community Foundation on 01884 235887 or kathy@devoncf.com.


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