Supporters & Sponsors

Supporters & Sponsors of Coldharbour Mill Trust

We at Coldharbour Mill are extremely grateful for the support shown to us from our visitors, volunteers, donors and funders. Without the support of other organisations, funding bodies and the community we would not be able to continue with the important work we do to preserve this historic building and the nationally significant collections within.

Here are some of our sponsors and supporters and what they have done to support us:

Arts Council England

Arts Council England are the national development agency for creativity and culture. By 2030 they want England to be a country in which the creativity of each of us is valued and given the chance to flourish and where everyone has access to a remarkable range of high quality cultural experiences. Between 2018 and 2022, they are investing £1.45 billion of public money from government and an estimated £860 million from the National Lottery to help deliver their vision.

They have been pibotal in supporting Coldharbour Mill through the Covid-19 pandemic awarding us a relief grant to help cover the Mill’s core costs during it’s time of closure.

Find out more about Arts Council England below

The Clare Milne Trust

The Clare Milne Trust supports people living with disabilities in Devon and Cornwall.
They do this by making grants to charities working directly with people with disabilities in the South West. The Clare Milne Trust focuses its grants on small effective charities with good volunteer support.

The Clare Milne Trust has supported Coldharbour Mill with funding to improve accessibility to our Museum

You can find more information about this organisation below

National Lottery Heritage Fund

With every purchase of a ticket, National Lottery players raise money for good causes. The National Lottery Heritage Fund is one of 12 distributors of this funding.

Since 1994, the National Lottery has raised more than £39billion for good causes. Of this, we have distributed over £8bn to more than 44,000 heritage projects across the UK.

Go to the National Lottery Heritage Fund website and find out more:

Viridor Credits

Viridor Credit’s Landfill Communities Fund began life as the Landfill Tax Credits Scheme in 1996 as a way of improving community facilities for those living in the vicinity of a landfill site. It allows landfill operators to donate a percentage of their tax liability to an environmental body. In the last 24 years, more than £1.3 billion has been spent on qualifying community, environmental and heritage projects all over the UK.

Viridor was one of the main donors responsible for supporting our project to restore the Mill’s Gas Retort House and Economiser.

You can find more information about this organisation below

The Pilgrim Trust

The Pilgrim Trust gives grants totalling over three million pounds each year to charities and other public bodies and we are lucky to be a recipient.

Sixty percent of funding is directed towards projects aimed at preserving the fabric of architecturally or historically important buildings, or projects working to preserve historically significant artifacts or documents.

Find out more about The Pilgrim Trust below

Association of Independent Museums

AIM helps heritage organisations prosper, demonstrating the relevance and importance of our heritage to everyone so that it is preserved and inspires all our futures. AIM also administers grants for museums to help with a variety of needs including training, conservation and development.

AIM have funded many projects at Coldharbour Mill including our current collections care projects.

Find out more about AIM below:

Uffculme Parish Council

Uffculme Parish Council have over 2500 parishoners and are champions of the work done here at Coldharbour Mill.

They are currently supporting our New storage space project.

Go to Uffculme Parish Council website below to find out more:

The Association for Industrial Archaeology

The AIA is a national organisation for people who share an interest in Britain’s industrial past. It brings together groups and individuals with an interest and expertise in identifying, recording, preserving and presenting the remains of the industrial past.

The AIA was one of the main donors responsible for supporting our project to restore the Mill’s Gas Retort House and Economiser.

You can find more information about this organisation below

The Friends of Coldharbour Mill

The Friends of Coldharbour Mill is an association of people who support the Mill, chiefly by raising funds for projects.

As a separate registered charity (No: 289991) the Friends are also able to provide third-party support funding to the Trust for grant applications and we are grateful for their continued support of our work.

Find out more about the Friends of Coldharbour Mill or join here:

Devon County Council

Devon COunty Council has supported Coldharbour Mill through there locality budgets. This is how they work:

Each county councillor has a locality budget fund of £10,000 that they can use to respond to local needs in any financial period.Councillors can, if they wish, make grants to support projects or activities that benefit the communities they represent.

Locality budget funding adds value to projects that are beneficial to local communities, and help meet the Council’s strategic objectives as described in the Council’s Better Together 2014-2020 plan. Projects are diverse and reflect the needs of local communities. All projects should include some other financial contribution(s) and/or local support.

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Tesco Bags of Help

Tesco community grants fund thousands of local projects in communities across the UK. To date they have helped people to improve community buildings and outdoor spaces, to buy new equipment, to train coaches or volunteers, to host community events and much more.

We were lucky to be given a grant from Tesco Bags of Help to support our Emergency Donation Appeal in light of the Covid-19 Pandemic.

You can find more information about this organisation below

Amazon Smile

Amazon Smile allows customers to select a preferred charity when shopping and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the net purchase price to Coldharbour Mill if you have selected us.

To find out more about Amazon Smile below:

Woodland Trust

The Woodland Trust creates havens for wildlife by planting millions of trees every year, they campaign for new laws to protect ancient woodland and  to restore damaged ancient woods so they can breathe again. The Woodland Trust is the UK’s largest woodland conservation charity with over 500,000 members and supporters and more than 1,000 woods of their own which are free to visit anytime.

The Woodland Trust gave Coldharbour Mill over 400 trees for Project Splash! and will be giving another 400 in 2020 to continue our work to create a new community woodland.

Find out more about The Woodland Trust below:

The Garfield Weston Foundation

The Garfield Weston Foundation is a family-founded, charitable grant-making foundation, which supports a wide range of causes across the UK, donating over £80 million annually.  It was established in 1958 by the Weston family and is one of the largest and most respected charitable institutions in the UK which has donated over £1 billion in total.  The Trustees are descendants of the founder and the Weston family continues to take a highly active and hands-on approach.

The Garfield Weston Foundation has supported Coldharbour Mill to……

Find out more about The Garfield Weston Foundation visit their website below:

The Radcliffe Trust

The Radcliffe Trust supports the development and practice of the skills, knowledge and experience that underpin the UK’s heritage and crafts sector. This includes support for emerging craftspeople of high quality, craft and conservation projects and training, projects demonstrating creative outcomes by designer-makers, projects with potential for capacity building within the sector, and some special needs projects focusing on the therapeutic benefits of skills development.

Find out more about The Radcliffe Trust below:

European Social Fund

We are delighted that the European Social Fund have been funding our Rural skills training programme as part of our Splash! project, and wider heritage attraction work.

This programme is aimed at helping unemployed or inactive people gain new skills and move into work.  ESF Community Grants are funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Education and Skills Funding Agency, and are managed by Petroc in Devon and Somerset.

Find out more about the ESF below:

Mid Devon District Council

Mid Devon District Council continue to fund projects alongside Coldharbour Mill, usually on projects which benefit our local community. In addition they have provided support to the Mill through business grants during the pandemic.

Find out more about Mid Devon District Council below:

Art Fund

Founded in 1903, Art Fund is the national fundraising charity for art. They exist to help protect and enrich the UK’s museum and gallery collections and to ensure as many people as possible can access and enjoy them. They help save important works of art and artefacts, fund professional development and widely promote the benefits of visiting museums to new audiences.

They have supported us to have short term placements allowing students to get some work experience in the Museum sector as well as allowing the Museum to benefit from their work.

Find out more about Art Fund below:

The Leche Trust

The Leche Trust is a registered, grant-making charity (225659) founded and endowed by the late Mr. Angus Acworth CBE.

The Leche Trusts main grants programme supports projects in two areas: performing arts and conservation.

Find out more about The Leche Trust below:

Devon Community Foundation

Devon Community foundation exists to facilitate the giving of funds into our local communities, to help them and the people within them reach their full potential. That means living safe, happy, and fulfilled lives, which we know is what happens when we come together and support each other.

Find out more about Devon Community Foundation below:

Somerset Community Foundation

Somerset Community Foundation are a charity that helps passionate people in Somerset change the world on their doorstep. They do this by funding amazing local charities and providing rewarding and impactful ways for donors to give to the causes and places they care about.

We were lucky enough to receive some funding via a donor in Somerset who wanted to support us although we are just across the Devon border!

Find out more about Somerset Community Foundation below:

People’s Postcode Trust

People’s Postcode Trust operates its own society lottery and receives all of its funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery. It then uses this money to fund projects and we were lucky enough to receive a grant.

Find out more about the People’s Postcode Trust below:

South West Fed

Formed in 1931 along with the 8 other regional federations in the UK, they promote a culture of shared learning across the region. They connect members with each other, our partners, and wider sector organisations as well as providing funding to Museums within the area.

Find out more about SWFed below:

The Arts Society

The Arts Society is a leading arts education charity with a global network of local Societies which bring people together through a shared curiosity for the arts.

Their events provide welcoming places to hear expert lecturers share their specialist knowledge about the arts.

They preserve and contribute to their artistic heritage through volunteering and grants.

Their strength is their people, joined together by a passion for the arts which can nourish and empower us all. Their work creates a better, healthier and more connected society.

Find out more about them below:

Idlewild Trust awards around £140,000 each year.

We support programmes that address the lack of opportunities for professional musicians, dancers, actors, writers, artists and those involved creatively in the arts at an early stage in their career.

We also support the conservation of important works of art and historic objects being lost through the lack of funds to look after these works.

Idlewild Trust believes that grants of up to £5,000 can have a positive impact in these areas.  We ask organisations receiving our grants to tell us the difference they make. We want to learn from our grant-making so we can use our funds in the most effective way.

Disability Confident is creating a movement of change, encouraging employers to think differently about disability and take action to improve how they recruit, retain and develop disabled people.