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The DCF manage a range of grant making funds which support local groups, organisations and charities.
Devon Communities Together is a charity providing advice and support to members of the rural community. It offers training and events on a range of topics from business start-up and growth to how to be an effective councillor; a membership scheme which includes a support line, member discounts on training, events and insurance as well as supplies and regular communications on policy changes and funding opportunities.
Fredericks Foundation is a charity that helps disadvantaged people to set up, or expand their own business as a means to achieve financial independence. A comprehensive range of business support and microloan funding is provided for start-ups and small businesses. For start-up businesses up to a maximum of £10,000 is offered though the average loan is less than £5,000. For established businesses with a financial track record the maximum loan is £20,000.
SWIG is the largest provider of complementary loan finance to small and medium sized businesses in the South West. It offers support for businesses that help the local economy, itaims to complement rather than compete with the banks, can often fund projects where bank support is limited, and manages a portfolio of funds worth £10 million
Devon Business Angels brings together small companies wanting to grow and individual investors who have skills and expertise that can help those small companies develop. The scheme is open to businesses that are looking to grow – it is not currently aimed at start-ups.
The South West Angel and Investor Network (SWAIN) connects private investors, or ‘Business Angels’, with companies looking for investment. SWAIN specialises in helping small and medium sized companies to find equity finance, and assists private investors in the South West to search for investment opportunities in businesses with growth potential.
Exeter-based Crowdcube offers a new way for businesses to raise funding by facilitating crowdfunding via micro-payments.
DR is a regeneration company based in the South West providing support for economic and social projects to businesses and communities. DR run and manage a number of funding streams but also offer assistance with:
Local Action Groups (LAG’s) were set up to deliver RDPE funding on a local basis making use of local knowledge to promote an integrated “bottom up”, community-led approach. LAGs are made up of interested volunteers from the public, private and voluntary sector. Each LAG develops a Local Development Strategy and funds projects in its locality to deliver this. Currently there are 4 LAGs in Devon:
£2.4m worth of funding was secured to support projects in the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), East Devon AONB and the surrounding area that: A. Raise business performance and local employment. B. Support Communities and Connections. C. Make the most of local resources. Making it Local is offering new and existing businesses, charities, voluntary and community groups the chance to apply for a small pot of grant funding. Expressions of interest are invited from applicants in preparation for the 12 November deadline. Complete an ’Initial Project Outline’ and we will offer you feedback on your project, if it is eligible for Making it Local, and other funding advice.
The Greater Dartmoor Local Enterprise Action Fund (LEAF) covers the whole ofDartmoorand a significant area around the edge of the moor. It has been set up to provide funding for projects that will improve the area economically, socially and environmentally.
The South Devon Coastal Local Action Group is a community led organisation that works to support projects in the rural South Devon area between Torbay and Plymouth. £1.6m of funding was successfully obtained from the Rural Development Programme forEngland- to invest in projects that benefit the communities, economy and environment of the South Devon Coastal area. Most of the funding is already allocated to a wide range of projects that are being run by local groups and businesses. There is a small amount of funding remaining for selected projects that deliver the aims of the LAG.
Leader 4 Torridge andNorth Devon is a programme with a £3.438 million grant to provide project funding and development support to improve the economy, environment and quality of life in rural areas. Support will be available for innovative, sustainable and high quality projects that meet the Leader 4 aim and objectives. The programme area includes all of rural Torridge andNorth Devondistricts except for the six central wards that make upBarnstapleTown(Pilton,YeoValley,Forches & WhiddonValley,Newport, Longbridge andCentralTown). The map below shows the extent of the Leader 4 area.
Northern Devon Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) is a partnership that has come together to support all aspects ofNorthern Devonfisheries. The Northern Devon FLAG has been successful in securing funding from the European Fisheries Fund (EFF). The FLAG will manage this fund inline with the FLAG strategy and will look to secure further funding, such as other Axes of the European Fisheries Fund.
Business support, information and advice for all businesses. From October 2011 this is now delivered via a comprehensive website and a national helpline service:
Rural Focus replaced Business Link’s Rural Service in October 2011. Rural Focus provides easy access to the advice, support and funding that today’s rural, agricultural and land based businesses need to succeed. The service gives rural businesses access to:
The Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership has been awarded £2.9m from DEFRA to form a Rural Growth Network (RGN) covering rural Devon and Somerset. The Rural Growth Network will achieve growth by:
It is estimated that through this work the Rural Growth Network will encourage the creation of approx. 1,100 new jobs and has the potential to add up to £58m to the rural economy across the area by March 2016.
Offers a range of business mentoring services that are provided either free of charge or on a subsidised basis to eligible businesses in some parts of Devon.
If you are young, unemployed, struggled at school, have been in trouble with the law, or have been in care, the Princes Trust can provide support in a number of ways.
UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) staff are experts in helping your business grow internationally.
If your business can demonstrate ambition, innovation and high growth potential, Growth South West now offers three high impact business growth services to drive your success – and as they’re funded by European Region Development Fund, there is no charge.
iNets South West provides business support and advice to five specific sectors of the economy: Aerospace and Advanced Engineering, Biomedical, Creative Industries, Environmental and Microelectronics.
The Manudacturing Advisory Service (MAS) provides companies, whatever their size, with practical support on all aspects of manufacturing and offer direct access to manufacturing experts with a proven track record. Subsidised consultancy assistance is available where it is needed.
Mentors is a Government initiative that aims to connect companies with mentoring organisations that can support and guide their growth.
The service provides free support to businesses to help solve a real business challenge using innovative solutions developed in conjunction with business innovation mentors.
Enterprise Europe SW provides high quality advice and practical support to businesses throughout Devon and the South West in relation toEurope, the Single Market and further afield. Excellent links in over 40 countries including the whole of Europe, China, Korea, Chile, Israel, Russia, Switzerland, Tunisia, Egypt and more.
Business Buddies provides experienced business mentors at no charge to eligible small businesses in areas ofNorth Devonand Torridge.
North Devon + offers a comprehensive suite of business advice for new and developing businesses in North Devon.
Exeter Business Support offers assistance for start-ups and existing small business.
Exeter Business Support offers assistance for new and existing social enterprises.
Outset Torbay is a fully-funded programme with the aim of supporting under-represented enterprise groups to start their own businesses in theTorbayarea.
BIP offers assistance for start-ups, small businesses and farm enterprises in West andEast Devon.
Plymouth Social Enterprise Network The Network aims to be a focal point for the social enterprise sector within Plymouth providing a way for social enterprises to exchange information, ideas and expertise helping to strengthen the sector.
Routeways A local charity that manages a range of projects funded by local and national funding streams, serving to enhance the social and economic well being of communities by providing choice and opportunity for individuals.
Dartington School for Social Entrepreneurs An intensive supportive programme for those starting a social enterprise.
Community & Social Action Plymouth Represents charities, voluntary organisations, community groups and social enterprises that make up the sector in Plymouth. Also runs the Venture support programme for established social enterprises.
Social Enterprise UK The national body for social enterprise, with information, events and resources.
Get Legal Free online reference and decision-making tool for charities, social enterprises and co-operative organisations.
Select A Structure Online tool provide by Co-operatives UK to help you decide the most appropriate legal structure for your enterprise.
Social Enterprise Mark Certification body which requires social enterprises to provide evidence against a set of qualification criteria.
Contracts Finder One of a series of government measures aimed at making it easier for suppliers, in particular small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), to find and apply for public sector contracts. It is the main source of government opportunities worth more than £10,000.
Sell2Plymouth A partnership between Plymouth’s public sector buyers, local business support agencies and both the Chamber of Commerce and the Federation of Small Businesses, enabling businesses to register once for public sector contracts in the city under £25k.
Pro-Contract Web portal through which public sector contracts across the south west are promoted.
Funding Central A free website for charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises, providing access to thousands of funding and finance opportunities.
Outset Finance Part of the Outset Plymouth team, providing help and advice for start-up and established businesses who need assistance in accessing finance.
Crowd Funding Today This site provides a list of current UK crowd funding websites (Buzzbnk, Bloom Venture Catalyst, etc).
Clearly So The global hub for social business, social enterprise and social investment.
J4B Website which aims to provide a comprehensive database for voluntary organisations and small businesses of business grants and soft loans.
Adventure Capital Fund The Adventure Capital Fund is an ambitious new style of funder for community enterprise. The pioneering packages that we offer have the potential to transform neighbourhoods across the country.
Big Lottery Fund Every year BIG gives out millions of pounds from the National Lottery to good causes. The money goes to community groups and to projects that improve health, education and the environment.
Awards for All A Lottery grants scheme funding small, local community-based projects in the UK.
Big Society Capital The Big Society Capital group (formerly referred to as the “Big Society Bank”) is a financial institution that aims to develop a market for investment made on the basis of positive social impact as well as financial returns. In so doing it will boost the ability of social enterprises, voluntary and community organisations to deal with social issues.
Bridges Community Ventures Bridges Community Ventures Ltd invests in entrepreneurial small and medium-sized enterprises in the most deprived 25% of England (using the Index of Multiple Deprivation).
Charity Bank The UK’s first not-for-profit bank that lends to charitable organisations and social enterprises. It offers loans of up to £500,000, normally in situations where traditional lending from commercial banks is not available.
Comic Relief Distributes money raised through the regular Red Nose Days, through grants to charities and voluntary organisations with charitable objectives.
Community Development Finance Association The trade association for Community Development Finance Institutions.
The South West Investment Group covers the south west region.
Esmee Fairburn Foundation One of the largest independent grant making foundations in the UK.
Frog Capital A venture capital firm that invests in British and European businesses involved in the field of environmental and ‘clean’ technology.
Impetus Trust Uses the experience and techniques of the venture capital industry in making grants to charities – what is known as ‘venture philanthropy’.
Unltd A charity which supports ‘social entrepreneurs’, which it defines as “people with vision, drive, commitment and passion who want to change the world for the better”.
Unity Trust Bank Provides banking services and support to trade unions, charities and not-for-profit organisations.
Charities Aid Foundation Venturesome A social investment fund that provides investment to help charities and social enterprises deliver on their mission.
The Social Investment Business Social investor which helps social enterprises, charities and community organisations prosper by providing innovative financial solutions and business support.
Social Enterprise Investment Fund aims to support social enterprises deliver innovative health and social care services and products as well as to invest to help them to become sustainable in the longer term.