Arts and Culture East Devon - July news, events and funding

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Dear Creative,

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the Seaton Gateway Theatre for our recent ACED Network meeting. We were delighted to present the inaugural ACED Volunteer of the Year Award, if you missed it you can find out more below. Other news:

  • New Carbon Action Programme
  • Exmouth Festival
  • Call out for new ACED Champions
  • How to promote your East Devon events
  • Training opportunities and call outs

volunteer of the year colin

ACED Volunteer of the Year announced

Congratulations to the winner of our inaugural Volunteer of the Year award: Colin Trussell from Sidmouth Folk Festival.

Colin accepted the award on behalf of all the volunteers across the county, and beyond, without whom there’d be no Arts & Culture events to celebrate. 

Colin’s consistent dedication to the Sidmouth Folk Festival over the last 30 years is an outstanding commitment to celebrate.

Over 500 volunteers make Sidmouth Folk Festival happen each year, please join them for their 70th year from 2 - 9 August 2024.



East Devon Carbon Action 

A new programme providing free decarbonisation support for East Devon community organisations to reduce their carbon footprint and cut costs. 

This includes four types of support:
- Training sessions and workshops
- One-to-one support
- Carbon surveys and action plans
- Grants to help purchase decarbonisation equipment (solar PV, LED lighting, etc)

Sign up

ACED Champions

Call out for ACED Champions

ACED is looking for a Festival Champion and an EDI Champion (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion). If you are interested in becoming an ACED Champion, please email


July Highlight

exmouth festival

Exmouth Festival 

Exmouth Festival (19 - 21 July) will have a strong focus on sustainability, alongside great music, theatre, arts, dance, circus, food, and workshops. Expect three days of fun with an eco-friendly message! Volunteers are needed, please email


east devon excellence

Promote East Devon culture events

To promote your cultural events on the East Devon Excellence website, just upload your events here, please include a description and image.

Funding opportunities

Co-op Local Community fund Not-for-profit groups can apply for a small grant towards a project that benefits their local community. £6,000 will be shared between three projects in each Co-op community area. Deadline: 7 July.

The Hinrichsen Foundation is offering grants to charities and other organisations to support the performance of contemporary music, including the commissioning of new work, non-commercial recording, or publication. Deadline: 31 August.

Platinum Jubilee Village Halls Fund has re-opened for applications to support the modernisation and improvement of village halls. Grants can be between £7,500 and £75,000 which will be 20% of eligible project costs. Deadline: 31 March 2025.

Training opportunities and call outs

Makers Call Out: THG is looking for designer makers who produce high quality work (either one - offs or small scale production) to feature in Present Makers 2024: annual festive selling exhibition of contemporary craft. Deadline: 24 September.

ACED Mentor Training: Wednesday 28 August, 2-4pm. Apply to be an ACED Mentor by emailing

Have a job opportunity or artist call? Please share it: More funding and training opportunities and links to resources on ACED website.

Arts and Culture East Devon (ACED) is a network connecting the artistic communities of East Devon and providing a central platform to engage, network, promote and talk about arts and culture across the region.