The Mendip Hills Fund is open for grant applications
Somerset Community Foundation is pleased to announce that the Mendip Hills Fund is open for grant applications from today, with a closing date of Friday the 30th of September.
Grant funding of up to £2,000 is available for projects which are working to conserve and enhance the environment, communities and economy of the Mendip Hills AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), as well as projects bringing visitors into the Mendips from other areas. The Mendip Hills Fund was set up with the Mendip Hills AONB partnership, and income is generated through sales of badges and visitor giving schemes in the area. If you would like to support the fund and help strengthen communities in the Mendip Hills please contact Somerset Community Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org or text AONB72 £3 (or any amount up to £10) to 70070.
Grants or loans will be awarded to support community and voluntary groups and to support the non-statutory activities of the Mendip Hills AONB Partnership. The maximum grant/loan available is £2,000 although in exceptional circumstances applications for larger amounts may be considered.
Grant applications are welcomed from projects in one of the following categories:
- Conservation and enhancement of the landscape
- Education and interpretation projects to increase awareness, understanding and enjoyment
- Social and economic initiatives including enhancing community facilities and support for start-up of social enterprises, e.g. local food initiatives
Jim Hardcastle, Mendip Hills AONB Manager said, ‘This is ‘Mendip Money’ raised locally for the benefit of the area and is simple to apply for. A grant made from the 2015 round of the Mendip Hills Fund supported the Harridge Woods Nature Trail near Shepton Mallet, which created marked walking routes and a leaflet to enable people to make the most of their local woodland and reap the health benefits of outdoor activity. Another 2015 grant enabled the committee running East Harptree Village Shop to replace the floor in their premises, which is used by many rurally isolated older people in the area. The new floor is far safer and cleaner than the flagstones it has replaced, and the shop is able to continue to provide a great service to local residents. ‘