Creative East Devon Fund FAQs

What is the Creative East Devon Fund?

The Creative East Devon Fund provides discretionary financial support to local art and culture initiatives and projects that can demonstrate a commitment to developing the East Devon Cultural Strategy. This scheme is funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.  

Round 1 is now closed. Round 2 is due to open in April 2024. If you are interested in applying we recommend attending our free Bid Writing Training on 20 March. 

View the successful grant recipients of Round 1.

What kinds of projects does the fund support?
Projects must demonstrate support and alignment with the East Devon Cultural Strategy.   

 We welcome a wide range of applications. Projects can be across any art form (music, dance, theatre, heritage, craft, digital and visual arts as well as literature, gardening and cookery), which celebrate everyday creativity. For example, projects which are looking to: 

  • Develop cultural events to celebrate local communities in East Devon 
  • Promote everyday creativity, bring people together and engage volunteers 
  • Tackle environmental, economic, social and cultural issues 
  • Improve access, restore or enhance cultural facilities or creative networks 
  • Improve happiness, health and wellbeing through art and culture 
  • Support people at risk of loneliness and isolation through art and culture 
  • Demonstrate innovation and best practice 
  • Develop initiatives to specifically improve the cultural offer for young adults (18-30 year olds) in East Devon 
  • Utilise empty or underused spaces for creative activities 
  • Test new collaborations or pilot new products that can support growth in sustainable cultural tourism 

This funding is not for core operating costs, however, we may consider a proportion of the grant to go towards core operating costs that are essential for the project to go ahead.  

Who is eligible to apply for the Creative East Devon Fund? 

  • have a business bank account 
  • be a not-for-profit organisation, charity, CIC, company or constituted group 
  • be a member of the ACED Network (you can sign up for free here) 
  • have a clear plan for a cultural project that can be financially complete by March 2024 
  • have appropriate liability insurance in place for the activity you are carrying out 
  • meet at least one of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund outcomes by March 2024 if requesting a grant over £1500 
  • Be registered with an East Devon address or the majority of your activity must be in East Devon 

If you received funding in Round 1 you are still eligible to apply in Round 2 

What are the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (SPF) Outcomes? 

  • Improved engagement numbers 
  • Improved perception of events  
  • Improved perception of facilities/amenities  
  • Increased footfall  
  • Jobs created   
  • Community-led arts, cultural, heritage and creative programmes created  
  • Increased visitor numbers  

Applicants can apply for items/services as a part of your bid which can help you to measure the outcomes, e.g.: purchasing a footfall counter.

Do projects have to be based within East Devon?
Yes 

Is there a maximum amount that can be applied for?
The maximum amount of grant funding that can be applied for is £3,000 

Is there a minimum amount that can be applied for?
The minimum amount of grant funding that can be applied for is £500. If you would like to request a grant less than £500, organisations can email aced@eastdevon.gov.uk to explore funding opportunities. We consider requests on a case-by-case basis and any funding awards will be dependent on our remaining UK SPF budget.   

Will the Creative East Devon Fund finance projects in full?
No, for all projects applying to the fund a minimum of 10 % percent match funding contribution is required. 

  • In-kind contributions (time/venue etc.) will be considered. 

How much funding in total is available in Round 2? 

£25,000 

How will the applications be scored? 

Scores will be based on the following criteria: 

  • Creative Engagement
  • Relevance to EDDC Strategies
  • Deliverability
  • Public Benefit
  • Value
  • SPF Outputs (only applicable to applications over £1500)

When can we apply? 

ROUND 2: Applications for grants will be accepted from April 2024 (date to be confirmed) and will close Friday 15 November 2024 at midday. Your project must be financially complete by 01 March 2025. 

When will we be notified of the outcome for Round 2? 

The panel is due to meet twice in 2024 in June and November so depending on when you apply applicants will be notified in either July or December.

Where can we read a more detailed policy?

We recommend anyone interested in applying reads the Creative East Devon Fund Policy in advance.

I’m interested in applying, what are the next steps?

We recommend anyone interested in applying to email aced@eastdevon.gov.uk with a brief outline of their proposal. Our Cultural Producer may then follow up with a telephone conversation to discuss the project’s eligibility of the fund. The application questions for Round 1 are outlined here. Please note these questions may be subject to change in Round 2.

Any tips for completing the online form?

There is no word limit on the form, but we recommend keeping answers to no more than 200 words. It is not currently possible to save the online application and return to it at a later stage therefore we recommend preparing your answers in advance of completing the form. If you have any questions or feedback on the process, please don’t hesitate to contact Sarah, EDDC Cultural Producer, on aced@eastdevon.gov.uk.

Does ACED have other funding opportunities available beside the Creative East Devon Fund?

Organisations can email aced@eastdevon.gov.uk to explore funding opportunities. We consider requests on a case-by-case basis and any funding awards will be dependent on our remaining UK SPF budget.