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Somerset Coronavirus Appeal continues to support our communities

Nov 16, 2020

Somerset Community Foundation (SCF) launched the Somerset Coronavirus Appeal in late March 2020 just as the country went into lockdown and within a week had awarded their first grants to our local foodbanks. Since then, they have built a fund worth £1.25 million thanks to the incredible support from individual donors, local charitable trusts, businesses and the National Emergencies Trust’s Coronavirus Appeal.

To date [as at November 2020] they’ve awarded almost £800,000 of grants to 250 local projects across the county, including food and medicine deliveries, free online counselling, and support for struggling families.

Three streams of funding from the Somerset Coronavirus Appeal are currently available. Local groups can apply for:

  • grants of up to £2,500 to continue their response to the coronavirus pandemic through the winter
  • grants of up to £5,000 for recovery from financial difficulty and to build more resilience for the future (for groups with a turnover of up to £250,000)
  • blended funding of grants and loans up to £20,000 for recovery from financial difficulty and to build more resilience for the future (for groups with a turnover over £250,000)

Any community group wishing to apply for funding from the Somerset Coronavirus Appeal should visit the SCF website where they can find guidance on how to make an application: www.somersetcf.org.uk/grants-groups

In 2021, SCF will continue to do everything they can do support our amazing local charities in their hour of need, providing grants to help offset losses from fundraising and preserve the great work that our charities deliver, that will be needed more than ever in the years to come.


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