Advice and information
Your local Council for Voluntary Services (CVS) organisation can provide advice, support and training for voluntary / community organisations to help them develop and sustain their activities. Listed below are the contact details for the CVS organisations in the local area.
South Somerset Association for Voluntary and Community Action (SSVCA)
Unit 5, Yeovil Small Business Centre, Houndstone Business Park, Yeovil, BA22 8WA
Tel: 01935 475914
Engage West Somerset (Taunton and West Somerset)
The Community Council for Somerset exists to support action in local communities. They can provide information and advice on a range of topics including community consultations, funding advice and community led planning. Alternatively, they can offer organisations and communities an opportunity to benefit from bespoke services which meet their individual needs.
Victoria House, Victoria Street, Taunton TA1 3JZ
Tel: 01823 331222
Other sources of information and support include:
- Cornerstone - volunteer business mentoring in Somerset
- VCSE Stength Checker - free diagnostic tool for your organisation (from the Cabinet Office and BIG)
- Cascade Training Plus - training and support for the social purpose sector
- www.wessexrt.co.uk - Wessex Reinvestment Trust
- www.creatingexcellence.org.uk - Creating Excellence – Taunton
- Grassroots - social enterprise network for Somerset and Devon, co-hosted by Community Council for Somerset and Cascade Training
- www.fredericksfoundation.org - loans for business and social enterprise
- http://www.somerset.gov.uk/get-involved/community/community-initatives/ - Somerset Community Initiatives
- http://www.justact.org.uk/ - support to develop your community-based ideas
Below you can find some of the main sources of grant funding in Somerset. It is often possible to get additional information on funding opportunities from your local library. You should contact the organisations directly to check their details before applying for funding from them.
Funding Central lists thousands of funding and finance opportunities for voluntary organisations and social enterprises registered in England. Funding Central is managed by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO).
Community Council for Somerset, Funding for Communities is a large database of funding opportunities.
Somerset County Council Community Funding
Mendip District Council Voluntary Sector Funding
Sedgemoor District Council Grants programme
South Somerset District Council Grants and Loans
West Somerset District Council Grants
West Somerset District Council Hinkley Point Community Fund
Taunton Deane Borough Council Grants
Avon & Somerset Constabulary Police Community Trust
Yarlington Housing Group Community Fund
Telephone: 01458 842553
Bishop Fox’s Educational Foundation
South West Foundation
Taunton’s Women’s Aid