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Somerset Community Foundation Grants


Somerset Community Foundation manages over 84 different funds on behalf of individuals, companies, and local government. Most of the grants that are made from these funds are called Foundation Grants. They are awarded every three months by a panel of local people. Grants are available from between £250 and £5,000 for projects and organisations tackling disadvantage in Somerset.

Who can apply?

  • grassroots voluntary groups
  • local charities
  • social enterprises

Applicants must be based in Somerset.

Grants are not awarded in the unitary authorities of BANES or North Somerset. Applicants from those areas should contact Quartet Community Foundation.

You do not have to be a registered charity to apply, but the work you ask for support with must be legally charitable.

How long are grants for?

Most of the grants are spent within 12 months of the award date. In some instances, a grant may be awarded over two or three years.

What can be funded?

The Foundation is particularly keen to award grants to:

  • support grassroots voluntary groups (usually with a turnover of under £50,000) with funds for their core costs, for capital purchases, and for specific projects.
  • support small-to-medium-sized charities and social enterprises (usually with a turnover of under £1 million) with funds to help improve efficiencies and effectiveness.
  • support the growth of grassroots VCSE organisations in the most disadvantaged areas across the country, while recognising the additional risks this may involve.

How do I make an application?

Applications for a grant can be submitted at any time. However, most of the decisions are made at a quarterly grants panel meeting. The deadlines for the meetings in 2019/20 are:

10 May 2019
9 August 2019
8 November 2019
7 February 2020

Find out more and apply for a grant here

Posted on 10th April 2019 in Funding and awards