Dartmoor Trust offers small grants that are simple and flexible. The grants are available to non-profit making organisations for capital works projects carried out on Dartmoor.
Who can apply and what are the maximum grant levels?
We welcome applications from groups or individuals who feel that their project will benefit Dartmoor, its people and environment. The amount of the grants is at the discretion of the trustees. but will normally be less than £500 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 no n-profit making organisations for capital works projects carried out on Dartmoor. Projects which primarily benefit private or commercial interests are not eligible. Projects outside of 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.
In line with the Trust’s aims, 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 and/or Dartmoor’s wildlife.
- Helps to protect the archaeology and/or historic buildings.
- Raises awareness through education of the special qualities of Dartmoor, including the cultural environment.
- Raises awareness through education of Dartmoor’s special qualities.
- Supports research work to increase the understanding of the cultural heritage of Dartmoor.
- Will provide long-term benefits to Dartmoor based on sound ecological principles and sustainable use of resources.
- Demonstrates high design standards.
- Provides clear public benefits and a lasting legacy.
- Is based on sound ecological principles and sustainable use of resources.
- Is unlikely to happen without help from the Trust
- Has a realistic prospect of successful implementation.
Projects that are not eligible include:
- Funding for village halls or work within a private residence.
- Projects which primarily benefit private or commercial interests.
- Revenue costs, for example running costs or staff costs.
- VAT costs within the project.
- Projects that have already received funding in the last 5 years
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 original receipts for costs incurred must be submitted with the final request for payment.
Where relevant, a record should be made of the project including ‘before’ and ‘after’ shots of the work carried out. These photographs are to be passed to the Dartmoor Trust for their retention and use by the Dartmoor Trust for any purposes, free of charge, to promote the work of the Trust.
If books or other publications are grant aided, a digital copy shall be given to the Trust for inclusion in the Dartmoor Trust Archive for access by the public worldwide.
Applications for grant aid will be considered at the next Trustee meeting held after receipt of the application. Meetings are held every 12 weeks.
If you have any doubt about the eligibility of your project you are encouraged to discuss it with the Trust.
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