Grants for Community Groups Available!

(Last Updated On: July 11, 2019)

Health and wellbeing grants for community groups

Funding is now available for small community-led Torbay schemes to improve people’s health and wellbeing. This could be to helping people get more active, look after themselves better, or become more connected.

Grants have so far funded over 170 local groups – including Carers, women’s groups, garden projects, homeless support, drug and alcohol support, theatre projects, sports clubs, disabled groups, arts projects, faith based initiatives, and many more.

Any person, group or project based in Torbay can apply.  Projects will need to meet at least one of the following:

  • Promote physical activity
  • Promote emotional health and wellbeing
  • Encourage people to look after themselves better (self-care) and live more positive and fulfilled lives
  • Support recovery from drug or alcohol misuse
  • Reduce loneliness within local communities
  • Support life-long learning and strengthen and develop existing community networks.

Applications from new groups or individuals who have a good idea to benefit their community are being encouraged.

Individuals’ or groups who have applied before can apply again but not for the same project they applied for before.

Applications may be from £25-£500

The deadlines for applications for the 2019/20 programme are: 1st August, 29th October and 25th January.

To apply please contact Robin Causley (Grant Administrator), at 01803 212638.


Link to funding advice in Torbay


Apart from five years studying in Oxford I’ve lived most of my life in London where for many years I was Head of English in a prestigious girls’ school, but since taking early retirement and heading West to be nearer to my two daughters - settling in Torbay with my wife, Anna, in 2011 - I’ve worked in the voluntary sector. I took on the role of Service Provider, for example, promoting the Red Cross Torbay Navigators Project, while now I’m a Trustee and part of the Media Team for our local Healthwatch. I’m a governor at Torquay Academy, too, giving me the chance to stay up to date with what’s happening in the world of education. Other interests, aside from friends and family, include art and art history, reading - from contemporary fiction and poetry to Elizabethan/Jacobean literature - history, politics, cooking, walking, and music, in particular Bob Dylan, the blues, and early Elvis. I love writing, too, with one novel published so far – Elvis in Wonderland – and another, Who’s There?, that still needs plenty of work!