Together we’ve given local charities over £25 million Since 2002

Thanks to the generosity of our many local donors, funders and partners, we’ve provided £25 million of vital funding for small, local charities across the county. Through their work, we’ve changed thousands of lives for the better and helped build stronger communities in Somerset where everyone can thrive.

You’ll find a host of inspiring Impact Stories about the difference we’ve made together below.

See our impact stories

In 2022/23 we awarded over £5 million of funding to local charities, community groups and social enterprises.

  • We’ve funded a huge range of causes, from youth projects to support for older people with dementia, and from mental health groups to community hubs
  • We awarded our largest ever grant of £1.25 million which was made possible thanks to our Hinkley Point C Community Fund
  • We also awarded 4 social investments providing a mix of loan and grant funding worth £192,516.


Overall funding awarded in 2022-23


Typical grant awarded to groups


Groups supported in 2022-23


Of our funding supported Somerset’s most deprived communities


Of our funding supported Somerset’s most rural communities


Typical income of groups we funded


Measuring the difference that our funding has made is a vital part of our work. It allows us to direct funds to where they will have the most impact and share feedback and insights with donors and funders. Funded groups report their impact back to us in different ways, depending on the size and type of funding we provided. In every case, we align their work with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, helping us all to think global, and act local.

More about how we measure impact

Our impact stories