Area of Benefit


The area of benefit is defined as lying within a 5 mile radius of the Barnstaple Guildhall.  The Bridge Trust can only provide grants for people and organisations in this area or, for national organisations, we will require a commitment in writing that the funds will be ring fenced to benefit people within this area.


The Trust cannot commit to recurring grants and except in an emergency will not normally consider two grants from the same organisation in one year (the Trust's financial year runs from January to December).


Details of how to apply, for all types of grant, are given further down this page.

Types of Grant


Grants to Organisations, Charities and Groups

The Bridge Trust receives many applications for funding and normally only awards grants of up to 5000 pounds (however higher sums may be considered in exceptional circumstances) to organisations (charities, youth groups etc.) .  In deciding whether your group may be eligible for a grant you may find the list of recent recepients below of use.

Age Concern

CLIC Sargeant

Pathfields Activities Club

Barnstape Amateur Athlectic Club

Downes Syndrome Associantion

Pilton Cricket Club

Barnstapl Twinning Association

Encompass South West

Pilton House

Barnstaple Carnival

Festival of Remembrance

Relate Barnstaple

Barnstaple Croquet Club

Fire Fighters Charity

Rock Park Bowling Club

Barnstaple FC

For-Get-Me-Not Project

Royal Marines Memorial Garden

Barnstaple Jubilee Singers

Friends of North Devon Museum

Salem Almshouses

Barnstaple Ladies Choir

Go North Devon


Barnstaple Lip Reading Group

Holy Trinity Church

Share Music

Barnstaple Majorettes

Home Start

St Peters Fremington

Barnstaple Male Voice Choir

Landkey Senior Citizens

Tarka Familiy Contact Centre

Barnstaple Marching Band

Life Education Wessex

Vicky Allebone Trust

Barnstaple Poverty Action Group

Live Music Now

Viven Moon Foundation

Barnstaple RFC - Juniors

McMillan Cancer Support (Barnstaple)

Young Devon Council

Barnstaple Swimming Club

Memory Cafe

Barnstaple Tennis Club

Motor Neurone Association

Barnstaple Wolf - Water Arts Co

North Devon Academy of Music

Barnstaple Youth Band

North Devon All Stars

Bicton Street Social Club

North Devon Family Carers

Braunton Cricket Club

North Devon Hospice

Braunton Voluntary Bureau

North Devon Hospice

Calvert Trust

North Devon Scouts and Guides - Gang Show


North Devon Sunrise Group

Childrens' Hospice South West

North Devon Veterans

Citizens Advice Bureau

Parkinsons Relief


If you are not sure as to your eligibility please contact us; see our contact page for details of office hours etc.


Grants to Individuals

The Trust will consider grant requests from individuals in two categories, Support and Development Grants, Samaritan Grants


Support or Development Grants

The Trust welcomes applications from individuals seeking support, recent recipients have included:


Local young gymnast seeking assistance to attend an international competion   Local students with learning difficulties seeking support to attend a life skills course
Assistance to a family with a child with specific needs to provide improved facilities within the home   Assistance to a student undertaking voluntary service overseas



All such applications must be supported in writing by the sponsors e.g. school, college, health professional


Samaritan Grants

The Trust will consider all applications from organisations and other bodies to assist specific individuals within the area of benefit who are 'deserving and in need', grants are usually no more than 200 pounds (or sometimes up to 400 pounds) and are usually to assist individuals with the purchase of furnishings or domestic appliances.  Grants are normally only paid to the organisation supporting the application or directly to a supplier.


Applications for Samaritan Grants can be made at any time.

There is no application form for individual support and development grants nor for Samaritant grants.  Applications should be made in writing to the Chamberlain at the Bridge Trust office containing as much information as possible


How to Apply for a General Grant

The Grants Sub-committee of the Bridge Trust meets three times per year in February, May and November.  Applications must be received by the 25th of the previous month at the very latest (i.e. 25th January, 25th April and 25th October).  Applications received after these dates (or applications where additional information is required which is not received by these dates) will be deferred to the next meeting of the the grants sub-committee.


All grants applications must clearly show a need, and the provision of accounts for organisations is essential (if audited accounts are more than 6 months old please provide these and the latest accounts, even if un-audited). You may wish to add supporting documentation or a letter of explanation if your accounts do not show an obvious need for financial assistance. All such information is treated in the strictest of confidence by the trustees.


No grants are issued until after the next meeting of the main board of trustees which meets approximately three weeks after the grants sub-committee.  Please do not contact us re the progress of awards before then.


To download our application form (and guidance notes) you can either left-click one of the tiles below in which case the pdf file will open in your browser (and will then need to be saved to your computer) or right-click the tile and choose "save link as" to save the pdf file to your computer.

Once downloaded the application form can be completed (except for signature) electronically should you wish, however we are happy to receive applications completed by hand.


Please complete the application form as fully as possible, if the Trust has to request additional information or clarification it MAY DELAY your application until a subsequent meeting i.e. 3 months later.

When complete, the application (together with any supporting information) may be sent to the Trust by post (please ensure you affix the correct postage) to the address on our contact page.

Applications received by post are scanned on receipt, to assist us please print applications on single sides of A4, not double sided.

Alternatively we welcome submission electronically by email using the email address on our contact page.  If you choose to submit electronically you should scan the completed and signed application form and supporting documents (if necessary).


Forms which are received without a signed declaration may be delayed.


Please check all email attachments are correct before submitting.