Applying for Funding

Who can apply and what are the maximum grant levels?

We welcome applications from groups or individuals who feel their project will benefit Dartmoor, its landscape or people. The amount of the grants is at the discretion of the Trustees and will normally be less than £5000 and no more than 50% of total costs, but more may be available for projects of particular merit. Dartmoor Trust grants can provide the matching finance required to access funds from public and statutory bodies. The scheme is simple and flexible.

Am I eligible?

The grants are available to non-profit making organisations for capital works projects carried out on Dartmoor. Projects which primarily benefit private or commercial interests are not eligible. Projects located outside Dartmoor may benefit so long as they meet the eligibility criteria. Feasibility studies and other preparatory work may be assisted where the project under investigation would offer substantial benefits.

Eligibility Criteria?

In line with the Trust’s objectives, applicants should be able to demonstrate that their project meets one or more of the following criteria:

  • Helps to protect the natural landscape of Dartmoor. Helps to protect Dartmoor’s wildlife.
  • Helps to protect the archaeology and historic buildings.
  • Raises awareness through education of the special qualities of Dartmoor, including the cultural environment.
  • Supports research work to increase the understanding of the cultural heritage of Dartmoor.
  • Will provide long-term benefits to Dartmoor Is based on sound ecological principles and sustainable use of resources.
  • Demonstrates high design standards.
    Provides clear public benefits.

  • Is unlikely to happen without help from the Trust.
    Has a realistic prospect of successful implementation.

Projects that are not eligible include

  • Routine running costs of an established project. Funding for village halls or work within a private residence.
  • Revenue costs, for example running costs or staff costs.
  • Projects that have already received funding in the last 5 years.Projects which primarily benefit private or commercial interests.


  • Work must not commence until full formal approval of the grant has been obtained from the Dartmoor Trust.
  • Payment will be made upon the satisfactory completion of the project.
  • Any building works must have had all relevant permissions, including landowners, planning permissions and permission from English Heritage before any work commences.
  • All works must be carried out in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way.
  • All original receipts for costs incurred must be submitted with the final request for payment.

Photographic record of project

Where relevant, a photographic record should be made of the project illustrating ‘before’ and ‘after’ shots of the work carried out. One set of these photographs is to be sent to the Dartmoor Trust for their retention. In providing these images the grant recipient(s) agree to the Dartmoor Trust using those photographs for any purposes, free of charge, to promote the work of the Trust.


Applications for grant aid will be considered at the next Trustee meeting held after receipt of the application. Meetings are held every eight weeks. If you have any doubts about the eligibility of your project you are encouraged to discuss it with the Trust.


Email: manager@dartmoortrust.org

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