The Mendip Hills Fund

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This grant programme is currently closed. However, you can view previous grant guidelines below. Please note, these grant guidelines may change when/if the programme reopens to applications. Please make sure you read the new guidelines before you submit your grant application.

We expect this grant programme to re-open to application in October 2024.

This page contains all the information you need to apply to this fund. At the bottom of the page is a link to an application form. All the questions from the application form can also be downloaded as a word document here.

 

Introduction

The Mendip Hills Fund was set up to conserve and enhance the environment, communities and economy of the Mendip Hills.

To see a map of the Mendip Hills National Character Area click here.

The Fund will support 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). The Fund will also consider projects in adjacent areas where benefit to the Mendip Hills and its communities can be demonstrated.

How much money can I ask for?

You can ask for up to £2,000.

We have around £15,000 in total to give out this year.

When can I apply?

Apply by Thursday 30 November 2023 and we will let you know if we can help in mid-January 2024.

Who can apply for this money?

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

We welcome applications from groups 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:

If you don’t have everything listed above, then Spark Somerset may be able to support you to put them in place. Or you could talk to another group, or your local parish or town council, who could manage a grant application for you.

What can I use this money for (fund criteria)?

Conservation and enhancement of the landscape

Activities could include landscape conservation grants to community groups and, in exceptional circumstances, landowners or land managers for:

Promoting public understanding and enjoyment of the Mendip Hills

Including:

Supporting the social and economic wellbeing of the Mendip Hills

Including:

Applications for activities such as concerts, film nights and community gatherings will not be considered unless there is a heritage or environment context.

The Fund particularly welcomes applications that meet one or more of the above and:

Previous grants awarded include:

A full list of grants awarded can be found here.

Is there anything I can’t use this money for?

We can’t give money to:

We can give money to these types of groups, but only in some cases:

Is it likely my group will get some money?

We can only give money to around 2 out of every 3 groups that apply.

Please note that if you have received money from us in the past and not reported back then we are very unlikely to give you another grant.

Do I have to write a report if you give me some money?

You need to spend your grant within 1 year and send us a short report. You need to complete the report online and it will look like the application form. We ask you to tell us how the money was spent, what difference it made, and if you had any problems. We also ask you to send us stories and photos if you can.

How do I apply?

This grant programme is currently closed. We expect this grant programme to re-open to application in October 2024.

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:

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.

Need help?

You are always welcome to call or email our Grants Team if you have a question, or if you are not sure if this is the right place to apply for money.

Call us on 01749 344949 and ask to speak to Kirsty or email the team at info@somersetcf.org.uk

This grant programme is currently closed.

We expect this grant programme to re-open to application in October 2024.


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