Our impact

The difference we’re making in Somerset:

Grants made to organisations during 2018/19:

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.

Coronavirus Appeal Stories: Citizens Advice Mendip

Citizens Advice Mendip are a local charity providing support for people who need advice on a range of issues, including work, benefits, debt and housing.  They tell us how a grant from the Somerset Coronavirus Appeal helped them respond to a huge increase in demand. 

Read the full story here

Coronavirus Appeal Stories: Fair Frome

Fair Frome are a local charity who run a food bank, alongside providing hot meals, furniture and support to people in need in Frome. They tell us how a grant from the Somerset Coronavirus Appeal helped them respond to a huge increase in demand. 

Read the full story here

Our Stories: Purple Elephant

Purple Elephant runs summer holiday activities for children in Frome, helping support families in need to access support and make memories. Sue Willis, Founder of the charity, tells us more about their work.

Read the full story here

Our Stories: Taunton Open Door

Mark Woodcock, manager at Taunton Open Door, a homeless day shelter, told us Graham’s story: how he became homeless and the many years of support the charity provided to help him move into independent living.

Read the full story here

Funding helps give men a sense of belonging

Burnham-on-Sea & Highbridge Men’s Shed received one of the first grants from the HPC Community Fund towards the costs of expanding its project. 

Read how the funding has helped here.


Our Stories: On Your Bike

Iain Garside is the manager at On Your Bike, a project offering training to the socially disadvantaged, ex-service personnel and long-term unemployed. He spoke to us recently about the fantastic work they deliver, and how giving someone a sense of achievement can turn lives around.

Read the full story here

15 Years of Inspiring Philanthropy

In 2018, to celebrate 15 years of inspiring philanthropy here at Somerset Community Foundation, we looked at some of the 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


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

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

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

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

Our Stories: Work-Wise

Work-Wise is a job club based in Taunton. The majority of staff are dedicated job seeker mentors, all of whom are volunteers. The project provides vital support for unemployed people including writing and improving CVs, help with online job searches, preparation for job interviews, and referrals to other employment services and agencies such as Mind in Somerset and Citizen’s Advice.

Find out more here.

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.

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

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

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


Our Stories: Galhampton Village Hall

Galhampton is a village of 450 people which describes itself as having ‘a strong and vibrant community.’ At the heart of the community was a crumbling village hall, home to a wealth of activities and services that were of huge benefit to local residents. We were delighted to make a grant to support the community as they raised an astonishing £1 million to build their fantastic new village hall.

Read the full story here.

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