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Community Grants Awarded

Somerset West and Taunton Council provide a range of grants to support the health and wellbeing of communities across the district.

Grants awarded

As part of the council’s Economic Development operating budget, there is a provision to support arts and cultural activity – one of the council’s strategic priorities.

This budget enables the council to provide some financial support for a range of arts and cultural projects and organisations that are delivering key activity towards the achievement of the objectives set out in the Somerset West and Taunton Council Cultural Strategy.

A fund of £18,000.00 held by the Tenants’ Action Group, available via grant applications of up to £3000.00 to support organisations and projects which seek to improve the lives, health and wellbeing of people aged 0 - 25 years old whose families are tenants of Somerset West and Taunton Council and to help such organisations and projects to become sustainable and more self-sufficient.

Funded by SWTC Housing Revenue Account (HRA).

The Community Chest was a fund of £250,000 made available to help communities recover from the effects of COVID-19. The fund supported one-off initiatives run by the voluntary and community sector, and wider community groups who were unable to secure mainstream funding from the Council or other sources.

A fund of £10,000.00 held by the Tenants’ Action Group dedicated to improving neighbourhoods via the purchasing of benches or other small items which improve community spaces, usually on recommendation from Officers.

Funded by SWTC Housing Revenue Account (HRA).

The following additional awards were made in 2021/22.

  • Homelessness reduction grant of £15,000 to Taunton and District CAB for Money and Debt Advice Service for homeless clients
  • Day services support for homeless clients grant of £15,000 to Open Door Centre for homeless clients
  • Accommodation and support services for 16 – 25 year olds in Somerset £25,000 cross county funding in partnership with P2i (Pathway to Innovation)

An annual grant of £41,000.00 is awarded to Mind in Somerset to provide mental health support to tenants of Somerset West and Taunton Council.

Funded by SWTC Housing Revenue Account (HRA).

An annual grant of £42,000.00 is awarded to Taunton and District Citizens Advice Bureau to provide money matters outreach support in Taunton East, Taunton North and Wellington.

Funded by SWTC Housing Revenue Account (HRA).

An award of £10,000.00 is made annually to enable Compass Disability Services to run a mobility scheme to provide accessibility in Taunton for those with short or long term mobility impairments. Providing long or short-term hire and servicing of mobility aids.

The Somerset West Lottery is a local lottery run by Somerset West and Taunton Council. The lottery offers registered good causes the opportunity to raise income for their organisation by selling tickets to members of the public. It gives 50p from every £1 ticket sold to local registered good causes with 10p from every ticket sale going into a community grant fund for which local good causes can apply twice yearly.

2021/2022

  • Taunton and District Citizens Advice Bureau was awarded additional funding of £22,500.00 to sustain service levels
  • West Somerset Advice was awarded additional funding of £22,500.00 to sustain service levels
  • South Somerset Advice was awarded £5,000.00 toward consultation in sustaining advice services in Somerset

The TYCC funds were given in trust to the former Taunton Deane Borough Council by the TYCC trustees for capital funding of youth projects in Taunton.

Beneficiaries of this fund were:

  • YMCA Taunton
  • Conquest Riding Centre Taunton
  • Actiontrack Taunton
  • Trident Centre, Taunton
  • and six other recipients of smaller grants

Tangier Youth and Community Centre Fund

A fund of £13,000.00 was allocated for public access defibrillators in Taunton.

Administered in partnership with the Charter Trustees for Taunton and Somerset West and Taunton to fund those capital projects that a Town or Parish Council would typically fund.

Voluntary Community Sector (VCS) grants provide funding for VCS organisations to work to support the communities across Somerset West and Taunton.

Partnership grants provide funding for:

  • advice services
  • community offices
  • community transport
  • youth services
  • family and childrens’ support
  • recreational and educational activities
  • community buildings advice services

There are funding opportunities for local community groups within SWTC via Somerset West Lottery to sell tickets to raise funds in support of their charity.