Somerset West Lottery Community Fund

Apply for money from the Somerset West Lottery Community Fund

This is a quick way to apply for £250 to £1,000.

You can apply for money from here if:

Ask for money by 7 May 2021 and we’ll let you know if we can help you in the first week of June 2021.

Before you start to apply

It doesn’t cost anything to apply for money from us and we pay the money to your group as a grant. You don't need to pay a grant back to us, as long as you use it for what you said you would.

You don’t have to be good at writing applications to get a grant from us. If we’re not sure about something, then we’ll ask you. We can also support you if English isn’t your first language, or if you have other access needs.

Remember that many people apply to us for money. We won't have enough to award everyone a grant.

How long does it take to get the money?

You must apply by 5pm, Friday 7 May 2021.

We'll let you know if we can help you by the 4 June 2021.

You must spend the money by 31 December 2021.

You must write a short report for us by 28 January 2022. We’ll send you an email about this nearer the time.

How much money do we have to give out?

We have about £20,000 to give out.

This comes from the Somerset West Lottery. The Somerset West Lottery is a local lottery run by Somerset West and Taunton Council. The lottery offers good causes registered with the lottery the opportunity to raise income for their organisation by selling tickets to members of the public. Good causes receive 50p from every £1 ticket sold; 10p goes into a community grant fund for which local good causes can apply annually and the remainder goes toward prizes and operating costs. Draws are made weekly. The jackpot prize is £25,000.00 for a matching sequence of six numbers, other prizes include £2,000.00, £250.00, £25.00 or three free lottery tickets. Each ticket has a 1 in 50 chance of winning.

What sort of things do we want to give money for?

We want to give money to many different community projects. In the past we have supported:

You can ask us for money for a particular project or the general running costs of your group.

Who can apply for money?

You can apply if you work or volunteer for a:

Your group must have a:

While we can give money to a statutory organisation, like a parish council or a school, we can’t support statutory duties. This means we will not support educational activities for pupils that take place during the school day.

Who can’t apply for money?

We will not give money to:

How do I apply for money?

You can apply for money by clicking on the button below.

You’ll need to provide an email address and then we’ll email you a link to an online form. If you don’t see an email from us after a few minutes, then please check your spam folder.

You don’t have to complete the form in one go. Instead, you can complete some sections then click ‘save draft’ at the bottom of the page. Use the link in your email to return to the form at another time.

You must provide the following information in the form:

You must then answer some questions. To make this easier, you can download this word document which has all the questions listed and some advice for answering them.

You must then attach the following documents:

Finally, you must read the terms and conditions and click ‘submit’.

Please contact us if you can't use the online form, or attach any of these documents. We'll support you to make your application in another way.

What do we do with your application?

We’ll email you within one week to confirm that we have received your application. If you don’t hear from us in that time, then please contact us.

A member of our Grants Team will look at your application. If we have a question, then we’ll email you. If preferred, we can arrange a phone call or video call.

The Grants Team will then look at your website and social media, if you have them. We’ll also check with the Charity Commission and Companies House. All this information will then be used to make a recommendation.

Recommendations are considered by Somerset West and Taunton council. They’ll consider:

If you have any questions, then please get in touch with us. It's usually best to email us on info@somersetcf.org.uk but you can also call on 01749 344949.


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