Discovery Community Fund

These guidelines are designed for groups that support, directly or indirectly, adults with learning disabilities and/or autism in Somerset to apply for a grant, normally between £500 and £30,000 (but not exclusively). Next deadline: 22 February 2019.

Grants are also available to individuals with learning disabilities and/or autism to set up their own community projects. Please contact Andy Ridgewell (01749 344949) for more information about this.  


Discovery is a charity and social enterprise supporting people in Somerset with learning disabilities and/or autism. They have created the Discovery Community Fund with the support of Somerset County Council; the fund is administered by Somerset Community Foundation.

It will provide grants normally between  £500 to £30,000 (but not exclusively) to groups, organisations or individuals operating in Somerset that are delivering work that is complementary to Discovery’s own vision, objectives and support. 

What do we want to fund?

We are particularly keen to fund projects that help people with autism and/or learning difficulties to:

We will consider applications for both revenue and capital costs.

Revenue costs might be for salaries, transport, venue hire, or activities. They are all the things needed to run a project or organisation.

Capital costs might be smaller pieces of equipment or the renovation of a building.

Whatever you are applying for, we particularly want to support work where people with learning disabilities and/or autism have been involved in how it was developed and how it will be delivered.

Who can apply?

The fund is open to community groups, registered charities and social enterprises that are, or would like to, support adults living in Somerset with learning disabilities and/or autism.

Please note that initially there is a preference to fund work which will be based in Somerset.

To apply, a group must have:

When you apply you will be asked to submit documents to support your application. You may like to get these documents ready before starting.

Organisations that have not applied to Somerset Community Foundation before, or for some time, will also be asked to supply an independent referee.

Who can’t apply?

We will not support the following:

How much can you apply for?

There are two types of grant available

We expect the average size of small grant to be around £4,000 and the average size of large grants to be around £20,000.

In total, around £200,000 will be awarded in the first round (Spring 2019).

We’ll ask you to submit a report back to us within six weeks of the end of your grant. Reminders and a report form will be emailed to you. A short interim report will be requested after twelve months for two-year grants.

How do I make an application?

Applications for a grant must be submitted in time for our grants panel. This panel is made up of Discovery colleagues and selected Somerset County Council representatives.

The next deadline to submit your application is 22 February 2019. The panel will look at your application by the end of March 2019.

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