North Devon Voluntary Service is not able to give advice about funding for individuals and we generally suggest that people seek assistance from Citizen’s Advice. Here, though, is some information we have collected which may be of use to people living in North Devon. If you know of other sources of funding for individuals, do please let us know.

The website www.turn2us.org.uk can help you to check benefits entitlement and to search for a grant.

The Devon Educational Trust  provides assistance with education and training, care or special needs, travel or maintenance, apprenticeships or starting work for the under 25s.

The Gibbons Trusts have two funds: The Gibbons Family Trust funds care, benefit, support, education and welfare of children and young people up to the age of 25 years in Devon (and the Isle of Thanet).

The David Gibbons Foundation promotes the welfare and relief of people suffering from sickness or financial hardship and the elderly in Devon.

The Northcott Devon Foundation helps individuals facing extreme difficulties where such financial help may offer some long term benefit. Grants are only rarely more than £200. There is an application form, which you can get from the website.

The Barnstaple Bridge Trust has two types of grants for individuals - Support or Development Grants and Samaritan Grants. There is no application form but check the website for details before applying.

Barnstaple Municipal Charities gives small grants to people living in Barnstaple, or within the old borough of Barnstaple.  They give to:

  • Students/apprentices furthering their education who need assistance in the purchase of text books/tools/instruments
  • Persons in social need, provision of home goods such as bedding, clothing, furniture, appliances etc

Apply in writing to:

The Secretary

The Barnstaple Municipal Charities

Chudleigh House, Grange Road

Bideford EX39 4AR

Email: riverhouse2@sky.com


The Vivian Moon Foundation is a registered charity which offers grants to people who have links with North Devon and who wish to achieve a better life through further education.  You can apply online.