Lottery funds available for community groups in Taunton Deane and West Somerset
Grants of up to £1,000 are once again available for local charities, voluntary or community groups, sports clubs, or social enterprises based within either Taunton Deane or West Somerset and the deadline to apply is Friday 14 September.
The Local Community Fund, which is administered by Somerset Community Foundation on behalf of Taunton Deane Borough Council and West Somerset District Council, was set up in 2017 to support community projects in the local area by distributing money from the Somerset West Lottery, which raises money within the community for the community, enabling people to support the causes they care most about, while also helping good causes to connect with their supporters.
A ticket for the Somerset West Lottery costs £1 per week, 60p of which goes directly to good causes - more than double what the National Lottery gives. Players can choose to support a named local good cause, or they can decide to award their contribution to the Local Community Fund. Grants are awarded from the fund by a panel of Borough or District Councillors, depending on which area the project is being delivered.
The Local Community Fund has distributed nearly £14,000 to community groups and sports clubs across Taunton Deane and West Somerset over the last year. Among the groups to receive grants were:
- £1,000 to Kilve Cricket Club for new practice nets
- £700 to North Taunton Partnership for their Pride in Priorswood event
- £965 to West Somerset Advice Bureau to provide accredited debt advice
- £250 to West Buckland Friendship Club towards club outings for isolated older people
Groups wishing to apply for funding should click here or call us on 01749 344949 for more information.