As part of the Section 106 Agreement for the construction of the Hinkley Point C Power Station, Somerset Community Foundation will be managing the Hinkley Point C Community Fund to help local communities mitigate the impacts of the development and maximise the opportunities that arise from the development.
The Section 106 Agreement sets out the scope of the fund as:
“Mitigating the intangible and residual impacts of (Hinkley Point C) on the communities in (Somerset) through schemes, measures and projects which promote the economic, social or environmental well-being of those communities and enhance their quality of life”.
What are we doing now
The Awards Panel has been formed. It will take decisions on applications and includes representatives from local councils, EDF Energy, SCF Trustees and two independent members.
An important aspect of the Fund is to improve community quality of life. To help understand community priorities we have commissioned the Community Council for Somerset and their partner Clarity CIC to undertake a research project to review existing community plans and strategies and carry out a survey across Somerset communities, especially those most impacted by the Hinkley Point C development. Together with local authority plans and consultation with other stakeholders this research will help us to better understand local priorities and the impacts of Hinkley Point C.
What are we doing next
The online community research survey will be live until the end of October. During this month we are also working hard to develop an online portal which will help community groups and organisations to apply for funding from the Hinkley Point C Funds by directing them to the most appropriate grants programme for their project, scheme or initiative.
We are developing the two Hinkley Point C grant programmes. Somerset Community Foundation will administer one, alongside the Hinkley Point C general grant programme which is administered by West Somerset Council (the Community Impact Mitigation Fund).
These will be a small grants programme and a strategic grants programme which will look to fund projects, schemes and initiatives that mitigate specific impacts identified by communities as a result of the Hinkley Point C construction. The first of these impacts that the grants panel will consider funding will be community cohesion.
When will funds be made available?
We anticipate announcing the first call for applications to the small grants programme and for expressions of interest to the community cohesion grants programme to be in November 2017.
Meanwhile, funding is available now from the Hinkley Point Community Impact Mitigation Fund, managed by West Somerset Council. You can read about the Fund here.
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