Our impact

Somerset Community Foundation helps hundreds of groups every year make a lasting difference in communities. 

In 2016-17, we awarded £516,234 from our regular grants to 208 groups working across the county.


We are also pleased to now publish our grants via 360Giving. Read more here.

Below you can read case studies of grants we have made and some examples of effective philanthropy through the Foundation.

15 Years of Inspiring Philanthropy: Back on Track

To celebrate 15 years of inspiring philanthropy here at Somerset Community Foundation, we're going to look at 15 people, groups and organisations with whom we have had long standing relationships and changed Somerset for the better over a sustained number of years.

Read our 15 years case studies here


Funding for Children's World Core Costs

Most of Children’s World’s core funding is accrued at Glastonbury Festival, where they run a charity bar and café upon which they heavily rely to get them through each year. However, in 2016, due to extremely wet weather at the festival, the charity experienced an unprecedented reduction in earnings.

Read the full story here


CCS Village Agents helping people stay warm and well

Community Council for Somerset's Village Agents have been helping to keep Somerset's older residents warm this winter thanks to a grant from SCF.


Click here to read more about the impact of this grant


Othery Youth Club

For three months, the village of Othery was cut off from nearby towns, and young people struggled to get out, see friends, and take part in their normal activities. 

Click here to read how a grant to the Youth Club changed their lives


Helping Outdoor Challenge achieve the next level!

Small community charity Outdoor Challenge promotes healthy living in the community by encouraging young people to be outdoors and engaged in activity. 

Click here to read the full case study

Pickford Trust Brings Community Centre in South Barrow Back to Life

The community of South Barrow recently completed the re-ordering of their parish church to make it a more versatile space for the community with the help of grant from SCF's W.C.S. Pickford Trust fund. The project has now created a place where a wide variety of community activity – village meetings, keep fit classes, a gardening club - can take place  throughout the year. Last week they launched the village film club, pictured here, with a showing of ‘Some Like it Hot’.

Read the entire case study here

Somerset Village Agents

The scale and duration of the flooding during the winter of 2013/14 was unprecedented and Village Agents were invaluable in helping reach vulnerable people and get them to safety.

Read the full case study by clicking here

New Directions supporting those with mental ill-health in Sedgemoor

New Directions (MIND in Sedgemoor) have set up the project 'Growing Health' which delivers craft and activity sessions with the aim of improving mental and physical health

Read about how they used an SCF Red Nose Day Community Cash grant to expand their project by clicking here

SCF grant enables PALS to thrive in West Somerset

PALS received £1,500 to train volunteer instructors and lifeguards after an unprecedented increase in demand for their services.

Read about how an SCF Foundation grant to train volunteer lifeguards and instructors will strengthen PALS and enable them to deliver their service for some time to come by clicking here

Bridgwater Arts Centre - Scaling up Impact

Bridgwater Arts Centre is a community theatre and arts venue serving the people of Bridgwater, and applied for a grant to inrease their outreach.

Read the entire case study here. 

The John and Dorothy Ball Fund

John and Dorothy Ball were long-term residents of West Somerset, and their daughter, Mary wanted to remember them by creating a fund in their memory.

Read the entire case study here

Taunton Association for the Homeless: Growing Roots

The Association was given the use of arable land in Norton Fitzwarren, so their homeless clients could have an opportunity to grow and cultivate vegetables.

Click here to read more about this project

Heads Up Somerset's Healing Garden

Heads Up received a grant to ensure their therapeutic horticultural sessions could continue through the summer months.

Click here to read about the positive impact of this grant

Active & In Touch Frome

Active & In Touch provides a vital stepping stone out of isolation for Frome residents

Click here to read more about the impact of this grant

Back on Track helping young people's confidence increase

Back on Track helping schoolchildren gain life skills and confidence through horse riding

Click here to read more about the impact of this grant.

Bereaved Children Make Special Connections

In October 2016, Bernardo's South West received grant funding to host a support group for local children who had lost a parent within the last year. The children aged between 5-17 were identified for the group because of the severe effect this has had on them and their family. The natural beauty and calm of Huish Woods in Taunton provided a welcoming and nurturing backdrop for the Mandala Bereavement Group, and many friendships were formed during the course of the two day event.


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