Grants for individuals

Please note: We’ll be pausing many of our programmes for groups and individuals from early March until mid-April, while we make some major changes to our website and internal system.

These updates will improve the application process, offering better functionality and creating a more effective user journey.


Apply for money for yourself

We give out money so you can:
  • access training and employment opportunities
  • try new things or start a business
Our money isn’t in one big fund, because it comes from lots of different places. So, if you want to ask us for money, you need to use the list below to decide which fund you should apply to. If you’re not sure about something, then ask us.


What money can I apply for today?

SWEF Enterprise Grants

Apply here if you are aged 18 to 35, currently live in the counties of Somerset, North Somerset or BANES, want to start your own business and know what products or services you want to provide, or have been trading for under 2 years.

Grants up to £2,000.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application within 2 months of their application being submitted.

Click here for more information 


Somerset Training and Employment Support Grants

Apply here if you are:

Grants up to £500

Apply by Monday 11 March 2024 and we will let you know the outcome of your application in April.


Bishop Fox’s Educational Foundation

Are you between 11 and 24 years old?
Do you need financial help to achieve your goals?
Do you live or go to school in the former Borough of Taunton Deane (or are you a university student with local connections)?

Every year around £100,000 of grant funding is awarded to individuals, schools and organisations.

Click here to visit the BFEF website for more information.


Educational Bursaries for Individuals

We also manage a number of educational bursaries for individuals, to help with the cost of attending university or towards an educationally related activity. Click here to find out more.



Which funds are not yet open?


Horseshoes and Handprints Fund

Grants towards the cost of horse therapy for children and young people with a neurological condition are now being delivered through a small number of horse therapy providers. Please contact us for more information by emailing or calling us on 01749 344949.

West Somerset Youth Trust 

We are unsure when this Fund will open.

You will be able to apply for up to £300 here if you are aged 14 to 25, live in West Somerset (this excludes Taunton or the former area of Taunton Deane), and need help to pay for course or event fees, travel costs, or equipment that enriches your education.

Eagle House Small Grants

Eagle House Small Grants is now closed. If you live in Somerset, BANES or North Somerset please consider applying for a Training and Employment Support Grant. For more information and to apply click here.

Mary’s Beat   

This Fund is for people with a physical and/or learning disability, who live in Somerset or Devon (but not North Somerset, Bristol or BANES), and need help with the cost of attending an outdoor or music activity. Grants of up to £1,000.

We hope to be able to open this Fund to application in April/May 2024 if sufficient funding becomes available.

Click here for more information

If you would like to discuss any of the Grants for Individuals programmes please contact us on 01749 344949 or email

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