Somerset Community Partnership Fund – Neighbourhood Grants

This fund will support local groups that make positive changes in communities across Somerset.

It offers flexible grants of £500 to £5,000. You can use this money for your day-to-day running costs, or for specific projects. That means you can use it for things like rent, utilities, or insurance as well as staff time or to buy equipment.

The fund has been created in a partnership between Somerset Community Foundation, Somerset County Council and the Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group.

Who can apply for this money?

We’re only able to support some groups with this money. We call this the fund criteria.

This means you can only apply if you work or volunteer for a group that:

We welcome applications from groups in Somerset that exist to support people in their local community. We can award money to groups that are not registered charities, but the purpose of the funding must be charitable. This means we can give a grant to:

Please note that we cannot fund statutory duties or work that is considered to normally be the responsibility of statutory bodies like local councils. This means we will not support educational activities for pupils that take place during the school day. We will also not give money for school facilities, classroom equipment or to train teachers. We would prefer Parent Teacher Associations (PTA) to ask us for money, rather than schools.

What can I use this money for?

You can use these grants for whatever you want if it is within your charitable objects or stated purpose.

This can include essential running costs, like rent, utilities, insurance, or staff time. You might call these your core costs. You can also use the money for the costs of delivering a project or service in or for your community.

You can’t use it for things that have already taken place or purchases you have already made.

Which groups are more likely to get some money?

We have £175,000 to give out around the county and expect to make about 40 grants in total.

But some groups are more likely to be successful than others. We call this the fund priorities.

We want to support a wide range of groups and will prioritise those that:

Every application we receive by the deadline will be looked at by our team. If you meet the criteria and have supplied all the supporting documents, then we’ll read your application and make a recommendation to our grants panel.

We’re more likely to recommend a grant if you: 

In addition, we may take into account how much funding you have received from the Foundation in past 12 months.

What safeguarding checks do you do?

We take the safeguarding of children and adults at risk seriously. Every group that applies to us for money must have a safeguarding policy which is up-to-date and relevant to the people they work with.

We ask for a copy of your safeguarding policy when you apply. When we read it, we need to be able to understand your commitment to protecting the people you support, your staff, and your volunteers. We may need to ask you questions if there are things that we would expect to see in your policy that are missing.

How do I make an application?

You can apply for this money using our online application form via the button below.

By clicking the button below you’ll be taken to a registration page. Read the instructions and then enter your email address. We’ll email you a link to an online form. If you don’t see an email from us after a few minutes, then please check your spam folder.

You don’t have to complete the form in one go. Instead, you can complete some sections then click ‘save draft’ at the bottom of the page. Use the link in your email to return to the form at another time.

If you would like to see what you must do before you start filling in the online application form, then this word document includes all the questions.

You also need to attach the following documents alongside your application to provide proof of these things:

Finally, you must read the terms and conditions and click ‘submit’.

Please contact us if you can’t use the online form, or you are unable to attach any of the documents. We’ll support you to make your application in another way.

You must submit your application by 5pm on Friday 11 March, including all supporting documents. If you cannot attach your supporting documents then these can by submitted separately to or by post to Somerset Community Foundation, Yeoman House, Shepton Mallet, Somerset BA4 6QN. But they must reach us by the deadline.

Need help?

The fund is being managed by Andy Ridgewell, who works for Somerset Community Foundation. If you need some help, then it’s usually best to email him here to ask a question or to arrange a time to talk.

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