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Support for charities in Somerset West and Taunton

19 October 2021 : Community, Council news

If you work or volunteer for a group that needs money to help pay for staff, activities or project costs and you are based in the district of Somerset West and Taunton (SWT) - or your group provides support to residents of the district - then grants of up to £1,000 are available now. The deadline to apply is by 5pm, Friday 26 November 2021.

The Somerset West and Taunton Small Grants Fund, managed by Somerset Community Foundation (SCF) on behalf of Somerset West and Taunton Council, will consider applications for grants from charities, community groups, sports clubs, and social enterprises.

Andy Ridgewell, Senior Programmes Manager at SCF said: “We want to support a wide range of community activities or projects, as well as contributing to the core costs (or every day running costs) of local groups.

"Whatever we fund it must improve the health and wellbeing of people living in the Somerset West and Taunton area, and applications for funding must be clear about the difference you will make for people who live in this area of Somerset.”

Cllr Chris Booth, Executive Member for Community at SWT, said: "Our Small Grants Fund can provide a lifeline for charities, voluntary and community groups working tirelessly across the district.

"The importance of having access to grant funding has been particularly evident during the coronavirus pandemic when so many people have gone out of their way to help others.

“We are proud to be able to support these very worthy causes who in turn help so many of our residents in many different ways. I would encourage all those who feel they may qualify to apply so we can continue to work together for the benefit of our communities.”

The Somerset West and Taunton Small Grants Fund awarded £18,000 of grants to help support charities during the height of the pandemic last year, helping 21 groups to set up virtual services, urgently deliver food where it was needed the most, purchase PPE, and support people’s mental health.

It was matched by SCF with an additional £39,650 of funding which was raised by the national coronavirus appeal run by the National Emergencies Trust (NET), making the total awarded to the groups £57,650.

The groups that were supported by the Fund last year, were:
• 2BU – £2,500 to provide virtual support for LGBTQ+ young people in Somerset.
• Citizen Advice Taunton - £2,000 to set up virtual advice services.
• Community Council for Somerset - £7,700 to provide virtual support for black and minority ethnic communities.
• Coronavirus Community Help Taunton - £3,700 to purchase PPE for volunteers.
• Dulverton Good Neighbours - £4,200 to provide a meals-on-wheel service.
• Fortitude Wellbeing, Taunton - £1,000 to run online wellbeing sessions for at home workers.
• Holford Parish Council - £500 to support vulnerable older people in the community.
• Kingston Community Partnership - £750 to support vulnerable older people in the community.
• Minehead Hope Centre - £1,400 to provide hot meals and support for homeless people.
• Open Door Taunton - £5,000 to provide hot meals and support for homeless people.
• Quantock Food Bank - £2,000 to replenish food supplies.
• Salvation Army Watchet - £2,000 to provide food parcels for vulnerable people.
• Somerset Art Works - £3,000 to run virtual art workshops to support vulnerable people with mental health issues.
• Somerset Federation of Young Farmers - £2,250 to deliver mental health first aid training for group leaders
• Somerset Sight - £3,800 to expand virtual support for people with sight loss.
• Stogursey Parish Council - £1,000 to provide food parcels for vulnerable people.
• Taunton Area Debt Advice - £1,250 to provide virtual debt advice to vulnerable people.
• The Nelson Trust - £10,000 to provide virtual support for vulnerable women.
• Wellington Carers Support Group - £500 to support local carers.
• Wessex MS Therapy Centre - £1,500 to provide virtual support for people with multiple sclerosis.
• YMCA Taunton - £1,600 to support local families on low incomes.

Any Somerset West and Taunton community group or charitable organisation wishing to apply for funding should visit: www.somersetcf.org.uk/swt before Friday 26 November 2021.

For more information, contact Somerset Community Foundation by emailing: info@somersetcf.org.uk or call 01749 344949.