Educational grants available for young people in the west of Somerset

January 23, 2020

The West Somerset Youth Trust, which is managed by Somerset Community Foundation, is accepting applications from young people aged 14 – 25 for grants to help them pay for course or event fees, travel costs, or equipment that can enrich their education.

Previous grants have been awarded to attend international scouting jamborees, work experience placements, Duke of Edinburgh expeditions and workshops at the National Youth Theatre. Matthew Puttock, from Dulverton and attending West Somerset College, received a grant of £100 towards the cost of an educational trip to Iceland. He said: “My trip to Iceland allowed me to explore natural geographical features such as waterfalls and glaciers, contributing to my physical knowledge of geography. The trip was truly wonderful, allowing me to also explore the unique idiosyncrasies of a different culture.”

The process is open to young people who reside in the west of Somerset or have strong links to the area, and grants are typically 25 per cent of the total cost of the trip or event up to a maximum of £300.

Applicants will need to think about how they plan to fund the total cost of the trip or event, any other fundraising needed and plan a simple budget.

If you are interested in applying for funding and want to find out more, please visit: or contact Kirsty Campbell on 01749 344949 or email her at:

The closing date for applications is the Monday 2 March.

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