Funding body information

Torbay Council

Torbay Council
Town Hall
Castle Circus
01803 201201

Point of contact:

Youth Services, 01803 208251,


Support and Publicity Grants

The Theatre, Arts and Events department within Torbay Council supports projects to the best of their ability. For information on grants and funding opportunities please contact the Torbay Council Theatres, Arts and Events team at or alternatively call 01803 208863.

Small Neighbourhood Youth Grants Programme

A funding Pot of £10,000 for Small Neighbourhood Youth Grants , which will be distributed by the Community and Voluntary Sector in partnership with the Local Authority is available. This pot will provide funding for groups working with young people aged 11-19 years and up to 25 years for young people with disabilities for:

  • Existing small projects
  • Seed funding for new groups
  • A group of young people themselves to provide a project if they are affiliated to or supported by a youth group in some way (sorry not for individual young people)

The maximum amount for any group to apply for at any one time is £500, the minimum is £50.

Application forms and Guidance Notes can be foud on the dedicated 'Small Youth Grants' page of the Council website.

Neighbourhood Youth Activities Funding

The Total Funding amount for 2015 to 2016 will be £80,000 as Neighbourhood Youth Activities funding and this will be administered in one main round, with any funds not awarded being added to a second roun

The deadline for the Neighbourhood Youth Activities funding has now expired for 2015-2016, however further details about future appications will be posted on the Torbay Council website.

Torbay Mayor's Fund

Torbay's Mayor Gordon Oliver is once again making his annual pledge of giving half of his salary to charitable groups. In total 136 grants totalling £86,500 have been handed out to organisations from the Torbay Mayor's Fund. Grants of up to £1,000 will be allocated to winning projects that will be progressed in the following 12 months, with priority going to organisations and individuals based and operating in Torbay.

Applications for 2015 are now closed. Please check the Council website for updates and further information.

The deadline for all applications for each town is Friday 25 September 2015.

Many local authorities are now moving away from grant-making and beginning to use commissioning as a way to distribute funding to the third sector. Local commissioners can be difficult to find and identify, however NAVCA have created a guide that may help: 'Finding your Commisioner'

Voluntary Sector Funding Pages:

Arts Funding

Sports Grants

Useful organisations:

GRANTnet Funding Database

Very little funding is currently being distributed to the voluntary sector from Torbay due to recent financial constraints and there is no specific Voluntary Sector Unit as funding is devolved to separate departments.

Information on voluntary sector funding was difficult to find on the website and was not clearly signposted to from any of the main sections.

However, staff at the council have been very helpful in answering queries and have been able to give full details of the funding situation from the department they work in.

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