Somerset Community Foundation Launches a New Comic Relief Grant

August 24, 2017

Somerset Community Foundation is supporting Comic Relief by delivering part of a £2 million national investment, supporting small, community-led organisations with grants of £1,000-£5,000 towards their core running costs.

Grassroots charities and community groups, which must be locally-based with local people involved in the running of the organisation, can apply for the Comic Relief Core Strength – Local Communities grants from Somerset Community Foundation. The deadline is Monday 13 November and applications will be considered from charities and organisations with an annual income of up to £100,000.

Andrew Ridgewell, Programmes Manager at Somerset Community Foundation said: “We’re incredibly proud to work with some fantastic local organisations, and our reach into communities means that we support the very smallest charities and community groups which are exceptionally important to the well-being of our communities and the specific needs of individuals. We know that one of the key challenges faced by local organisations is getting funding for their core running costs and we’re delighted to continue our strong partnership with Comic Relief to help small and local charities concentrate on what they do best – helping those in need.”

Gilly Green, head of UK grants at Comic Relief said, “We at Comic Relief recognise the importance of these community led organisations and their critical work. We also know that sometimes even the basics of keeping the lights on can be a struggle at the moment, let alone time to plan and invest in growth. At the heart of this funding is to give organisations the choice of where their needs lie – be it paying for the rent and lighting or invest in development and forward planning. We are proud to lead this approach and invest into the heart of our local communities.”


People living in areas of disadvantage or who face social issues often get vital support from smaller local groups based within their communities. It is these locally based groups that truly understand the needs of the people they serve and make a huge difference to their lives.

Recent research shows that small and medium-sized organisations across the UK are being hit particularly hard by the current economic climate, forcing many to either scale back or dissolve completely. These organisations urgently need core funding to continue their crucial work.

To apply for a Core Strength – Local Communities grant click here.


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