In order to make the shop feasible funding had to be found. Local fundraising began in the village by organising community events and was followed by a share scheme and in order to be able to fund the planning and building of the new premises, larger sources of funding had to be applied for in the form of grants.
Fundraising has been a real community effort including:
- Farmers Market
- Hot Cross Bun Day
- A 'Summer Fayre' of Elizabethan music by the Lupridge Singers
- Cream Teas
- Open Gardens
- Carol Singing
- Film show
- Village variety concert
- Private Donations
Thanks to all those involved in organsising these events and to the locals that came and showed their support.
Villagers were invited to buy shares in their local community village shop, and these were sold at £5 each per person. This scheme was heavily supported by villagers, parishioners and friends, raising a substantial amount of money. We would like to thank all those who have bought a share to date. If you are interested in buying a share please see our support us page.
Significant and generous donations have been made by individuals who have asked to remain anonymous. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who made such a generous donation - you know who you are!
Aveton Gifford Memorial Hall
Without such a generous gesture and willing co-operation from the Aveton Gifford Memorial Hall, our shop wouldn't have had a location to have been built as they allowed us the use of the land on which our new shop now stands. Their relentless support really demonstrates that they put their community first and thanks must go to all involved.
South Devon Coastal Local Action Group (LAG)
The South Devon Coastal Action Group was set up to support a broad range of projects and activities across the geographical area of the South Devon Coastal area and showed their support for Aveton Gifford's community shop by giving a grant of £35,000. This organisation has followed the development of the shop closely giving invaluable support and has paid particular attention to the green credentials of the build of the new shop.
The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areas
Plunkett's Rural Community Shops division (previously known as ViRSA), supports rural communities wanting to set up and run a community-owned shop. The Plunkett Foundation in partnership with the Village Core Programme, offered invaluable advice throughout the planning stages, and approved Aveton Gifford Shop Association's application for funding and pledged £20,000 towards the scheme.
Co-operative & Community Finance
Co-operative & Community Finance provides sympathetic loan finance for the co-operative and social enterprise sector. They provided us with a £20,000 loan that was needed to secure the funding from Plunkett/The Village Core Programme.
South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)
The South Devon AONB has a grant scheme for projects that help deliver sustainable development, to help promote and enhance the environmental, economic and community well-being of South Devon from which they pledged £23,553 towards our community shop for which we are extremely gratful.
Devon County Council
Devon County Council pledged £25,000 towards our shop scheme from funding that became available from the sale of Exeter Airport.
South Hams District Council
South Hams District Council showed support for our village shop by donating £5,000.
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