Who will we fund?
Funds from the appeal will support three separate grant programmes:
- 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)
Which areas will the Fund cover?
The Fund will support charities and community organisations in the county of Somerset, including the districts of Mendip, Sedgemoor, South Somerset and Somerset West and Taunton. For North Somerset or Bath and North East Somerset, please contact our neighbours, Quartet Community Foundation.
Where is the funding coming from?
Donations will come from local charitable trusts, businesses, individuals and local authorities. We are also working with our existing fundholders to move funds we already hold into the Coronavirus Response and Recovery Fund, and will be utilising a portion of our Surviving Winter appeal funds specifically to support older people in Somerset as part of our response.
We also continue to receive significant funds as a distribution partner for The National Emergencies Trust’s appeal which are added to our local appeal.
How can I make a donation?
Thank you for your generosity. The most efficient way to donate is to give online by clicking here. It’s easy, safe and secure, and saves us administration. It also enables us to easily and efficiently claim Gift Aid from individual donors who are taxpayers.
If you wish to donate by bank transfer, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
Can I fundraise for you?
Can I restrict my donation to a specific area or group?
Our aim is to support communities throughout Somerset, but in order to be as efficient as possible, we need donations to be as flexible as possible so we can pool them into one fund for effective distribution.
With that in mind, we ask that donations are not restricted to a particular area or group of people. We understand that some charitable trusts or public sector bodies may only be able to provide funding that is more restricted, and we may be able to accept significant donations that are restricted. To discuss making a restricted donation, please email email@example.com.
Can I volunteer or donate goods or services?
We are not able to handle donations of goods or in-kind services. However, we encourage you to think about donating food to a local foodbank. You can find your nearest foodbank by searching online or visiting the Trussell Trust website, who run many local foodbanks.
You may also want to get involved by volunteering your time within your local community. You can register as a volunteer, or sign up to receive support in your local area through the Corona Helpers website here or if you’re furloughed or would like to share specialist skills like marketing, HR or finance, you may want to sign up to our Somerset Skills Bank.
Why were community foundations chosen to distribute NET funds?
Our network covers the whole of the UK and has an unparalleled reach into local communities. Each Community Foundation has an in-depth understanding of their local area, what the priority needs are and how best to address these issues, so they can ensure the funding goes where it is most needed and can make the most impact.
How is Somerset Community Foundation covering the costs of running this fund?
Somerset Community Foundation is a local charity. Our own income is being significantly affected by the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak. To make sure we can run the appeal, work collaboratively with partners and our communities, and distribute grants from the fund effectively, we will retain a small amount of the funds donated to the appeal. We pledge to retain no more than 8% of new donations to the fund.
As far as possible, this will be retained from the Gift Aid we claim back from the Government on individual donations, so that as much of your donation as possible will go directly to local charities and community groups helping the most vulnerable in our communities.
We will do our very best to keep our costs as low as possible whilst providing a high-quality service to communities and ensuring donations are spent effectively. We will review our costs regularly as the outbreak, and our response, progresses.