The Community Investment Fund is a one-off funding grant, awarded to the community and voluntary sector by us as part of the Council Tax precept to increase the offer and amount of activity that is available in the community. Applications are welcomed from community groups, voluntary organisations and social enterprises across Torbay who want to work in partnership with us to improve the health and wellbeing of local residents.

The 2021 grant scheme builds on the learning and community cohesion that was successfully developed in response to the pandemic in 2020/21.

New grant awards must complement the objectives of our Adult Social Care three-year plan to improve capacity and resilience in the voluntary and community sector to provide activity and infrastructure as alternatives to statutory services. Projects will need to support one or more of the following priorities:

  • Support adults experiencing financial hardship, or at risk of homelessness
  • Support our communities to maintain and promote good mental health
  • Support Digital access and inclusion
  • Support strengths-based development in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector and our neighbourhoods
  • Support the local community by developing new, or expanding existing volunteering opportunities
  • Support potential and actual victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence

This year’s CIF award has been run in partnership with Torbay Community Development Trust and Ageing Well Torbay.

2021/22 CIF Award Announcement

The following 9 organisations have been selected to receive a grant award from the funding pot for 2021/22.

Organisation Project Amount
Devon Clinic CIC Single-parents stress management programme. £9,366
Heart of Torbay Pure Heart mental health support/coaching and peer support. £15,000
Local Spark-Community Supported Enterprise Support for Social Enterprises/Community Businesses providing or planning to provide support services for adults. £14,800
Paignton Memory Cafe Support and activities for anyone with dementia. £4,975
Sound Communities Radio and Music Programme for at risk young adults. £13,069
Step One Charity BeWell@StepOne accredited on-line programme for adults with mental health issues. £5,000
The Ladies’ Lounge Support services for vulnerable and abused women. £15,000
Thrive Drop-in Centre for those with mental health, homelessness, and substance misuse issues etc. £10,000
Turning Heads Activities and support services at Windmill Centre, Torquay. £7,800

Unsuccessful Applications

We would like to thank everyone for their time and effort spent in applying for an award.

Some applications will be referred to the Community Grant Fund, which awards grants of up to £500 for smaller-scale projects.

If you have been unsuccessful, there may be other opportunities to fund your project via crowdfunding or other local grant award schemes. For further information, please visit