Grants for groups

Apply for money for your Somerset group

We give out money so you can:

  • build on the good things that already happen in your community
  • help people in your community who face challenges and who need extra support.

Most of our money is for small groups in Somerset. That’s because we know they can do things that bigger ones can’t.

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.

Before you start to apply

It doesn’t cost anything to apply for money from us and we pay the money to your group as a grant. You don't need to pay a grant back to us, as long as you use it for what you said you would.

You don’t have to be good at writing applications to get a grant from us. If we’re not sure about something, then we’ll ask you. We can also support you if English isn’t your first language, or if you have other access needs.

Remember that many people apply to us for money. We won't have enough to award everyone a grant, so you should think about where else you can get money for your group. The Somerset Funding Portal might be a good place to start.

What money can I apply for today?

Below is a list of all the funds you might be able to apply to today. Please note that we will also be opening some of our own funding programmes in June.

  • High Sheriff of Somerset Charitable Trust

You can apply for money from here to give young people in Somerset the opportunity to help combat crime and the cause of crime in their communities
 
Apply for £250 to £1,500
Ask for money by 6 August 2021 and we’ll let you know if we can help you in the middle of September 2021.
Click here for more information and to apply
 
  • High Sheriff of Somerset Charitable Trust - Neighbourhood & PCSO Policing Fund

You can apply for money from here to complement the work of Police Community Support Officers (PCSO) and Neighbourhood Constables within Neighbourhood Policing Teams
 
Apply for £250 - £5,000
Ask for money by 6 August 2021 and we’ll let you know if we can help you in the middle of September 2021.
Click here for more information and to apply
 
  • Churchstanton Community Fund

You can apply for money from here if your group helps people in Churchstanton Parish (Somerset West and Taunton). This money is from a local solar farm development.
 
Apply for up to £1,000
Ask for money by Wednesday 30 September 2021 and we will let you know if we can help you by mid-October 2021
 
  • Oake Sunshine Fund

You can apply for money from here if your group helps people in Oake Parish (Somerset West and Taunton). This money is from a local solar farm development.
 
Apply for £250-£2,000
Ask for money by 15 October 2021
 
  • Mendip Hills Fund

You will be able to apply for money from here for projects that benefit communities and the environment of the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Beauty (AONB) and the area defined by the Mendip Hills National Character Area (NCA 141). This is a community fund set up to conserve and enhance the environment, communities and economy of the Mendip Hills.  
 
The amount you can apply for is not yet decided.
We expect to open this fund in autumn 2021.
 

You can apply for money from here if your group uses sport as a vehicle for social good for young people in your local area, and allows them to develop a range of life skills and knowledge that bring a benefit to not only the individual but also to their local community.

For this fund you can apply for work in Somerset, Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.
 
Apply for up to £2,021
A recording of the Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership (SASP) and Wesport #ClubsInCrisis Fund information webinar can be accessed here.  One of our Programmes Managers, Kirsty Campbell, joined the webinar for Q&As, along with Sported.
 

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