The Somerset Fund awards £26k to grassroots groups
The Somerset Fund, managed by Somerset Community Foundation (SCF), has recently awarded its first grants to community groups in Somerset, supporting almost 30 projects across the county with grants of more than £26,000.
The fund supports local people of all ages by investing in a range of causes, including helping disadvantaged children and young people, improving people’s mental and physical health, supporting people with disabilities and combatting loneliness and isolation.
Grants of up to £1,500 are available for grassroots community groups that run on less than £50,000 per year and the funding is ‘unrestricted’, which means it can be used to pay for ongoing running costs. Laura Blake, Development Director at SCF said: “We’re delighted with the groups we’ve been able to fund in the first round of The Somerset Fund thanks to our generous supporters. But we know there is still enormous demand for funding from charities across the county and are looking for new supporters to help us reach more of them this year.
“We created The Somerset Fund to offer a simpler and more effective way for local businesses and families to give to good causes across the county, with the added benefit of match funding of 50%. If you’re looking for an impactful way to support small, local charities I’d love to hear from you. Please email me on: firstname.lastname@example.org or give me a call on 01749 344949.”
Somerset County Council is proud to support The Somerset Fund which provides an opportunity for businesses, communities and families to come together to change lives for the better. Cllr David Fothergill, Leader of Somerset County Council, said: “Well done to all the many community groups who have been successful in receiving a grant. From children and young people, to vulnerable adults and the elderly, the funds are sure to improve a range of lives across Somerset. I’d also like to thank the many businesses who have donated to The Somerset Fund so far. As can be seen, your donations all go a long way and to very worthy causes.”
Cheddar Community Partnership carries out activities which focus on areas of health, wellbeing, community, environment and economic development. They help strengthen communities and encourage people to be healthier and more active. John Pimblott, Director at Cheddar Community Partnership, said: “We want to extend the impact of our emotional wellbeing programme, which is currently available to primary and middle school children, to include younger children and their families, to help prevent later life issues. Evidence suggests that there are often younger children experiencing the same issues and anxieties as their older siblings, with no support mechanisms available to them.
“The Somerset Fund grant will be used to develop a pilot programme with Cheddar First School and Fairlands Middle School to build a sustainable and resilient culture of community, family and individuals to support children and young people.”
Groups awarded funding in this round of grants:
- 10Radio – £500
- 1st Huntspill Scouts – £1,250
- 2BU – £1,000
- Active & In Touch – £1,000
- Bayford Mission Hall –£400
- Brushford Parish Hall – £1,000
- Chard & Crewkerne After Stroke Group – £750
- Cheddar Community Partnership – £1,500
- Equilibrium – £1,500
- Frome Birth Talk – £1,500
- Frome's Missing Links – £1,500
- Glastonbury Sea Cadets – £750
- Glastonbury FM – £1,000
- Hamdon Youth Group – £500
- Hardington Mandeville Hall – £500 (matched with £1,000 from SCF’s Somerset Deaf and Hard of Hearing Fund)
- Henstridge Youth Club - £676
- Houndwood Community Group – £250
- In Charley's Memory – £1,500
- Purple Elephant – £1,000
- Shipham FC – £1,215
- Somerset Community Care Matters – £1,000
- Somerton Scout Group – £1,000
- Spaxton Junior FC – £750
- St Andrews Scouts, Yeovil – £1,000
- Stoke St Gregory Allotments – £500
- Street Men's Shed – £1,000
- West Buckland Pre-School – £1,000
- Young People Frome – £1,000
If you run a business and would like to find out more about how you could increase the impact of your giving, click here, call Laura Blake on the number below, or e-mail email@example.com.
If you are involved in a local, grassroots community project and would like to find out more about how to apply for funding, please visit: www.somersetcf.org.uk/somersetfund or call us.