Over £50k to communities from Hinkley Point C funding

February 11, 2019

Local community groups and organisations have benefitted to the tune of almost £51,000* from the fifth and sixth rounds of grants recently awarded from the Hinkley Point C Community Fund Small Grants Programme, managed by Somerset Community Foundation.

The grants fund community projects that mitigate the impacts and increase the opportunities of the Hinkley Point C project. Charities, voluntary groups or social enterprises that normally operate on less than £100,000 a year are encouraged to apply.

The groups to benefit from the recent grant funding and a summary of their projects are:

  • C.L.O.W.N.S. A series of weekly parent and child sessions will be delivered across Stogursey, Kilve, Holford, Williton, Stogumber, and Cannington. The sessions will encourage rurally isolated parents to support each other. Grant received: £5,000.
  • Fiddington Parish Council. This grant will support the installation of a local defibrillator and community awareness training, offering a lifeline in a location not easily reached by emergency services. Grant received: £5,000.
  • In Charley’s Memory. In Charley’s Memory will conduct outreach work for mental health support work in and around the Bridgwater area, rolling out counselling services in response to demand. Grant received: £10,000.
  • Live Naturally. This grant will support the provision of a trampoline club in Hamp and increase access to healthy eating courses, promoting community cohesion and increased quality of life around Bridgwater. Grant received: £2,498.
  • Over Stowey Village Hall and Recreation Ground. New kitchen equipment will be purchased for the village hall, improving local community facilities. Grant agreed: £3,600.
  • Quantock Players. This grant is for lighting equipment for the theatre group, improving its production quality for the local community. Grant received £1,589.
  • Samaritans of Taunton and Somerset. Funding will support a three-year community outreach project based in Sedgemoor, Taunton Deane and West Somerset, supporting potentially vulnerable local people. Grant received: £10,000.
  • Sir William Godolphin’s Regiment of Foote. This grant will support a local history curriculum in schools and a re-enactment of the Battle of Sedgemoor, which will take place in Bridgwater in 2020. This work will promote community cohesion and the appreciation of local history. Grant received: £5,000.
  • SPARC Sport CIC. This grant will support community cohesion in impacted communities around Bridgwater (Highbridge, Wilstock and Stockmoor) through sport and a focus on youth services. Grant received: £2,850.
  • Spaxton Village Hall. This grant will support the installation of a new outdoor community gym in Spaxton.  Grant received: £1,907.
  • Stockland Bristol Parish Meeting. A community defibrillator and training resource pack for local volunteers will be purchased, offering a lifeline in a location not easily reached by emergency services. Grant received: £3,539.
Paul Matcham, Manager at C.L.O.W.N.S. (Creating Learning Opportunities In WesterN Somerset) said: “The funding from the HPC Community Fund will allow us to work with local families to establish and deliver sought-after family groups. It will also allow us to work closely with HomeStart West Somerset, health visitors and West Somerset Advice to bring much needed services and resources to some of the most isolated communities across West Somerset. It provides us with the opportunity to work with families and community members, creating groups which can be effective now, and sustainable in future.” 

Further information regarding the Hinkley Point C Community Fund Small Grants Programme and how to apply for a grant can be found here or you can get in touch with Luke Mitchell, Programmes Manager at Somerset Community Foundation by email or you can call him on: 01749 344949.

*This total includes a £3,600 grant that was agreed, but the monies have not yet been awarded.

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