Grants awarded to Taunton Deane voluntary groups

February 21, 2019

Taunton Deane Borough Council has recently awarded grants totalling £20,355 to 23 groups based in the Taunton Deane area. Administered by Somerset Community Foundation, the fund supports local charities, community groups and social enterprises, based within the Borough, for projects, capital purchases or ongoing running costs (also known as core costs). The local groups that benefitted from grants from the Taunton Deane Borough Council Voluntary and Community Sector Small Grants Fund this year, plus a further £9,750 match funding from Somerset Community Foundation, are:

  • Back on Track – £1,000
  • CHARIS – £1,000
  • Christmas Sparkle – £1,000
  • Escape Support Group – £500
  • GoCreate Taunton – £1,000
  • Kingston St Mary Youth Group – £1,000
  • Neroche Local History Group – £555
  • North Taunton Partnership – £1,000
  • On Your Bike – £1,000
  • Samaritans of Taunton & Somerset – £1,000
  • St Mary Magdalene PCC – £500
  • Somerset Wildlife Trust – £1,000
  • Stand Against Violence – £1,000
  • Taunton Deane Male Voice Choir – £500
  • Taunton East Development Trust – £1,000
  • The Friendship Circle of Langford Budville – £500
  • Trull PC – £1,000
  • Ups and Downs South West – £1,000
  • Wellington Community Counselling – £1,000
  • Wellington Mills – £800
  • Wellington Petanque Club – £1,000
  • Wellsprings Chapel – £1,000
  • Work-Wise – £1,000


CHARIS, based in Taunton, is one of the groups to have been awarded a grant this year. Lisa Westlake, Operations Director, said: “We are thrilled with our grant – it will make such a difference to the delivery of our English lessons to refugees in the Taunton Deane area.  Many of the refugee families we work with are so keen to study or work, however their first language is not English. By offering several English classes a week, we are able to help them enormously.  We’ll be using our grant to buy tables and chairs for our teaching room, providing a comfortable and practical environment in which the refugees can learn.”

Jane Warmington, Taunton Deane Borough Council Executive Member and Portfolio Holder for Community Leadership said: “We are fortunate to have a range of charities and community organisations that provide much valued services to people living in Taunton Deane. It is vital that we support those who work so hard to enable and support others and I am delighted that so many have been awarded grants to help with their projects and running costs.”

If you run a local community project and would like to find out more about grant funding, please call Somerset Community Foundation on: 01749 344949 or visit:

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