Devon Community Foundation

Location: , , Devon

EIN: 990

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4Responsive3Friendly2Builds relationships2Culturally sensitive1"Gets" nonprofits and issues1Gives more than money1Insightful1Likes site visits

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Devon Community Foundation

Aug 18, 2019

Reviewer UK645 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2019

Speak or email the grant advisor to ensure you meet the eligibility requirements.

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Insightful, Friendly, Responsive

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Response from Devon Community Foundation

Aug 19, 2019

Thank you for your feedback and lovely to hear what a difference the funding for therapy has made for your children and your family. We too are smiling! We sincerely hope that the learning from the therapy sessions will facilitate further movement abilities for your children. It is reassuring to know that we are communicating well with our grantees. As this would have been an application for funding for an individual, rather than an organisation, the application process is not an online one, so emails or paper documents are accepted. For organisations applying to us for funding, there is an online application process, with an expectation that supporting documents are uploaded at the time of application. That said, in cases where IT difficulties arise, we will work flexibly with the applicant to ensure we receive necessary documents in order for the application to be an eligible one.

Aug 14, 2019

Reviewer UK427 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2018

Read all information before starting the application to make sure you meet their eligibility criteria and that you have all the supporting documents needed. If you have any questions, give them a call, they are happy to help.

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Gives more than money, Culturally sensitive, Friendly, Builds relationships, Likes site visits, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Responsive

Response from Devon Community Foundation

Aug 15, 2019

Thank you for your feedback. We appreciate the value that small, rural organisations can play in supporting their local communities, helping to encourage thriving ones and are pleased to have been able to support your application.
Meeting eligibility criteria and providing supporting documents are essential as the first step in ensuring that funding applications are not rejected so thank you for pointing this out as a piece of advice for others.
We have chosen to restrict the word count on some of the application questions in order to encourage applicants to provide succinct and focussed responses to the question. We do appreciate that organisation and project sizes differ, which may restrict responses but please be assured that if we think additional information will benefit the application our assessors will be in touch with the applicant to ask specific questions or have a general chat about the application.

Aug 14, 2019

Reviewer UK390 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2018

I would suggest that they review the funder's guidelines, first, and if they fit, to apply. I would also mention that the funder is really good at responding to queries, and as a current grantee, this makes it so much easier for us to share information with the funder. I would fully recommend them as a funder.

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Culturally sensitive, Friendly, Builds relationships, Responsive

Response from Devon Community Foundation

Aug 15, 2019

Thank you for your feedback. We are pleased to hear that we are communicating well with our grantees. Building relationships is very important in helping us to understand the challenges facing organisations and communities across Devon and providing opportunities for us to learn through our grant making. We like to think that grantees, and potential grantees, will contact us with any questions they may have and are always happy to respond to email or telephone communications. We appreciate that for smaller organisations, who are less likely to have experienced bid writers, the application process may be a daunting one, but we are here to help.

Aug 14, 2019

Grant Applicant - applied in 2018

I am really grateful to be given a grant which 100% helped my child. However the application process was the worst I’ve ever had to do. It took days of backwards and forwards with information, I needed two professionals who also kept receiving emails asking for more details. Sometimes we all received the same email when only one of us needed to fill it in. In the end the two professionals said never again!!

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Response from Devon Community Foundation

Aug 14, 2019

Thank you for your feedback. It is good to hear that the funding received has made a difference to your child. We are sorry to hear that your experience of applying for an individual grant proved time consuming for you and was not as straightforward as you would have liked. For all eligible applications we receive we have to ensure that we undertake due diligence checks and have an audit trail of required documents and information to satisfy our obligations as a charitable organisation and a grant funder. For individual funding applications this does mean that appropriate information is required from an independent referee, together with quotes for payment of the grant where necessary. Funding decisions are made by an independent community panel, not by DCF, so we work with our applicants in order to present as strong an application as possible to our panels for consideration. As a result, this may mean that we contact applicants for further information but the reason for doing so is to try and eliminate the possibility of the application being rejected by the panel. We do now provide Guidance Notes, issued with an invitation to submit a Stage 2 application, in which we do advise that as much information is provided within the application as possible, but we will still contact an applicant if we feel additional information would make for a stronger application.

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