Supporting small changes that make a big difference to wellbeing

The Totnes Wellbeing Fund aims to support individuals and community groups in Totnes and adjacent parishes, helping them to turn great ideas to boost wellbeing into reality. Because a small change can make a big difference, we’re keen to support initiatives where a little input from us could really enhance personal, community and environmental wellbeing.

** Totnes Wellbeing Fund Applications: If you’d like to apply, please read our  Application Pack for more details, and return a completed Application Form (Word document) to by 19th June 2020.**

We offer seed grants between £100 and £500 in two rounds each year – in June and December.

We target – with very few exceptions –new initiatives, by groups or individuals, which preferably have not yet received other external funding, and where a small, timely grant will unleash significant positive impact.

Who can apply to the Totnes Wellbeing Fund?

We will accept applications from community groups (including unincorporated associations and social enterprises) and individuals with a turnover of £4,000 or less, who need support for non-profit-making projects. We will not consider applications from limited companies.

Before sending your Application Form, please read the criteria below and in the Application Pack carefully in order to make sure you are eligible.

How to apply to the Totnes Wellbeing Fund

  1. Download and read the full Application Pack.
  2. Download and complete the Application Form (Word document), and email it to by 6pm on 19th June 2020.

We encourage applications which show how they will:

  • Actively enhance personal, community and environmental wellbeing;
  • Maximize the impact of the grant (e.g. through match-funding, by using the grant as seed funding for a larger project, by enabling volunteers etc.);
  • Be environmentally, socially and financially sustainable:
    • Environmentally: how will your project enhance environmental wellbeing and minimise environmental damage?
    • Socially: how will your project look after the health and wellbeing of volunteers, participants etc?
    • Financially: how will your project be financed in the future? For example, will it become self-financing?
  • Be ethical;
  • Be inclusive and reach out to a wide cross-section of the community;
  • Target disadvantaged or vulnerable groups;
  • Be imaginative and innovative (e.g. by finding new approaches to enhancing wellbeing);
  • Be happy to comply with our monitoring and evaluation requirements (see the Monitoring & Evaluation Form at the end of the Application Pack).

The Totnes Wellbeing Fund will not fund groups or projects which:

  • Have over £4,000 annual turnover;
  • Use surplus funds for the benefit of a business or an individual person;
  • Promote a particular religion, although we welcome applications for religious or faith-based projects that are designed to benefit everyone in the community;
  • Conduct party political activities (e.g. we would not support applications to support fund-raising, campaigning or any other activity associated with a political party);
  • Primarily benefit an individual (e.g., we would not support applications for personal equipment, bursaries or scholarships – other grants exist for this such as the Elmgrant Trust).

Projects we’ve funded

We’re proud to have supported many wonderful and powerful projects in our community over the last four years. You can see a complete list of the projects here.

Additional Support

You may also like to contact South Hams CVS who can offer advice on the full range of grants available as well supporting you in developing your project/organisation.

Support the Totnes Wellbeing Fund

Our current budget allows us to support at least eight good ideas each year.  Our aim is that we raise money to top up the Fund and support even more projects.

If you would like to contribute to the Totnes Wellbeing Fund, please contact Mirella at