Every person who supports the Foundation in any way is valued and we welcome each contribution. Diversity in all its forms makes us a better, stronger organisation and we welcome applications from suitably experienced people of all ages and backgrounds, including people from Black, Asian and other Minority Ethnic communities; disabled people; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people; and others with lived experience relevant to our work.


Chair of the board of trustees

Deadline: noon, Thursday 30 June, 2022

Salary: Voluntary + expenses

Duration: Three to six years

About the role

The trustees of Somerset Community Foundation are seeking a new Chair. There will be a transition period where the appointed person can work alongside our current Chair before she retires in autumn 2022.

We are seeking someone who is as passionate about making a difference in Somerset as we are, for this very rewarding role. The appointed person will have significant responsibilities, providing leadership to a unique Somerset charity promoting local philanthropy and providing grant funding to local charities and organisations.

This is an interesting and rewarding role, bringing the appointed person into contact with a wide range of people from all walks of life across the county and the UK network of Community Foundations.

If you would like to find out more, including the role description and person specification, download the SCF Chair Recruitment Pack here


To apply

If you wish to apply please send your CV and a statement no longer than two pages, setting out how you will apply your skills and life experience to the role, to Mary Hancock, Operations Director by email

The deadline for submission is noon, Thursday 30 June, 2022.

Interviews will be held on Tuesday 12 July and Thursday 14 July, with a panel of trustees and an independent interviewer.

If you would like to have a conversation about the role or the work of the Foundation prior to applying, you may speak with our current Chair, Jane Barrie or our Chief Executive, Justin Sargent, by emailing or calling 01749 344949.


Programme Manager (Somerset Social Enterprise Fund)

Hours: Part time (30 hours per week, 0.8FTE) with occasional evening and weekend commitments

Salary Band: c. £25,500 - £27,500 p.a. pro rata, depending on experience + pension contribution

Length of Contract: Two years with opportunities to extend subject to funding

Location: SCF operates a flexible working policy, including voluntary working from home arrangements. However, this post will be formally based at Yeoman House, Bath and West Showground, Shepton Mallet BA4 6QN with occasional travel throughout Somerset and, from time to time, beyond.


About the role

As someone who understands local charities and similar ‘not-for-profit’ organisations you will be helping ensure our Somerset Social Enterprise Fund (SSEF) continues to provide transformational funding. You will also help monitor the ongoing impact and performance of existing investments.  

The SSEF programme provides social investments in the form of blended loans and grants to help local organisations based in Somerset grow and/or increase their sustainability and independence. It is particularly designed for small and start-up organisations that would struggle to access social investments from other sources.

For a full job description, including person specification, please click here


How to apply

Please send your CV or similar and a covering letter to Mary Hancock, Operations Director at by 5pm, Friday 1 July, 2022.

Interviews will be held on Friday 15th July, preferably in person but we can make arrangements to interview online if necessary.


Independent External Grant Assessors (EGA)

Invitation to Tender

We are seeking to build a pool of external grant assessors (EGA) on a freelance self-employed basis who can provide additional help and support to the core SCF team. We will provide training, guidance and ongoing support during a commission. 

As a guide only we anticipate assessors will be asked to assess between 10 and 20 grant applications a year. We expect to build a pool of around 6 - 10 EGAs in Somerset. It is likely that you will be asked to assess a number of applications in 3 - 4 week windows. In normal circumstances we would be able to give you several weeks’ notice of work.

For a full job description, including person specification, please click here


How to apply

Please send your CV, a covering letter setting out how you meet the criteria set out above, your availability, and your normal hourly charge by 5pm Friday 1 July, 2022 to

Interviews will be held in mid-July.

A briefing session for people who are interested will be arranged, online, for 1pm Monday 6 June. Please email if you would like to attend this.

Join our team

If you are interested in volunteering on a regular basis, please contact us on 01749 344949 or email:

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