Community Builders application process

Funding available

 Within the Community Strategy £310k was allocated to ‘Community Organising’ added to this is the New Homes Bonus allocation of £150,000 and a further contribution from the New Homes Bonus is being agreed.

 Exeter Community Forum will fund up to £150,000 a year to a host organisation to co-ordinate and deliver the Community Builders programme.

 Please note: As well as demonstrating how the host organisations can deliver the programme – funding is subject to match funding contribution, an annual confirmation of funds available from Exeter City Council, an annual review and a review of the programme in year 3.


Download an expression of interest form if your community can set up a local support group.

Download an application form if your organisation would like to apply to be a host for community builders

If you would like a word copy of these documents or have any contacts:

  • Dawn Rivers Programme Manager – Communities, Civic Centre, Paris Street, Exeter, EX1 1NN. Tel No. 01392 265531
  • By email to:  grassrootsgrants  [@]


When and how will decisions be made?


26th January        Process agreed by the Exeter Community Forum steering group

6th February        Public announcement of programme and invitations to participate (6 weeks)

23rd February      Community Builders Q&A event – held at Newcourt Community Centre   Register your interest [here]

20th March          12 noon deadline for submissions of interest from hosts and local support groups.

March                  Development of first draft of 5 year plan and selection of host by ECF steering group

March/April        Meeting of ECF members to review draft plan, venue and date to be confirmed.

17th May              ECF Grants panel to review plan[1]

11th July June      Review of Grants Panel recommendation by Exeter City Council Executive meeting

25th July               Recommendation to full meeting of Exeter City Council for decision on 5 year plan*

August                 Distribution of year 1 funds to enable recruitment to begin

September/October         Recruitment and placement of first Community Builders

Establishment of local support groups, if not already in place.

Now – Autumn    Development of a way to assess the impact of the Community Builders programme.

2018 Autumn First year report and event on progress and impact of Community Builders programme

2019 Autumn Second year report and event on progress and impact of Community Builders programme

2020 Autumn Third year report and event on progress and impact of Community Builders programme and Review of programme e.g. are the areas still the right ones, what happens if the impact isn’t  being achieved, other things we haven’t thought of etc.