There are various funding sources available to community groups in Somerset. Some are available from the County Council, others from District Councils, and there are many organisations which can provide funding for community projects. These links give a variety of sources of funding available to community groups.
Somerset County Council funding
Invest to Save Fund
Applications to the Invest to Save Fund are now closed and the fund will be reviewed after the 2017 County Council elections.
Somerset Youth and Community Service offers several sources of funding for young people and youth provision. Applications for much of our funding are assessed by the UKYP Advisory Group, made up of young people aged 11 to 19 from across the county.
Rural Economic Regeneration funding information is available here.
Creative Industries Development Fund manages support from the council for the creative sector, and grants are available to promote enterprising ideas.
Armed Forces Covenant Fund is a new government fund to support community covenants and to fund local projects that bring together the civilian and armed forces communities. There is more information at Somerset Armed Forces Community Covenant or on the GOV.UK website.
Somerset Social Enterprise Fund
Loans are now available to support and develop social enterprises in Somerset. Applications for loan funding will be considered, from £10,000 (minimum) to £100,000 (maximum). The fund has been established by Somerset County Council working in conjunction with Somerset Community Foundation who will co-ordinate the fund. For more information visit the Somerset Community Foundation website.
Small Improvement Schemes
A maximum of two small improvement schemes can be put forward for consideration each year. For further information and for details of plans currently approaching construction please visit our Small Improvements Schemes page.
Somerset Leader Funding
The Somerset Levels and Moors Local Action Group (LAG) and The Western Somerset (LAG), are pleased to announce that over £3m of grants is now available for businesses, farmers, foresters and community groups for projects that will create jobs and benefit the local rural economy through business growth.
Somerset County Council is a partner of both LAGs, and this funding comes through the new LEADER Programme which runs between 2015 and 2020.
The LEADER programme is part of the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and Somerset County Council acts as the accountable body for both the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Rural Payments Agency.
Somerset District Councils
You can see details of any Somerset District Councils' grants for community projects here:
Mendip Local Legacy and Community Environment Fund
Sedgemoor small grants and community projects
South Somerset community grants and loan schemes
West Somerset grants
Taunton Deane Voluntary and Community Organisation Grants
EDF Hinkley Point Community Impact Mitigation (CIM) Fund
The purpose of this fund is to mitigate the intangible and residual impacts of the Hinkley Point C (HPC) project on the local communities affected by them. Only communities or projects in Sedgemoor and West Somerset can benefit from CIM payments this year. More information.
Other funding sources
There are also many other funds available through government departments, national charities, trusts and businesses which can provide community funding.
Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership
Somerset Community Foundation (SCF)
Avon and Somerset Police Commissioner Community Action Fund
The Royal Bath and West Somerset Levels Relief Fund
Big Lottery funding a summary of funding available from the Big Lottery is found on the right of this page under information and resources.
The Funding Central website also provides a guide to grants, contracts and loans.
Funding 4 Communities is a free to use funding portal available on the Community Council for Somerset website. It allows community groups, parish councils and all voluntary groups to register free and then search an up to date database of thousands of local and national funding opportunities.
The GAIN Business Engagement Service helps South West businesses find the business support they need. It is a free service which matches business needs with the criteria of the various programmes, to direct businesses to the most appropriate support. For business funding or finance support, you can also search the Gain in Business’ Grant Finder Tool
The Social Enterprise Network Somerset (SENS) also provide information and signposting to resources for social enterprise activity in Somerset.
Visit www.socentsomerset.org.uk phone 01278 455930, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you know of other funding sources we would be happy to consider adding them to this list.
The Somerset Intelligence website provides data, information, intelligence and insight on Somerset and its varied communities which you may find of interest when compiling evidence for bids. This information also serves as the evidence base for the Somerset Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) which informs decision-making by people who plan, operate and commission services for the county.
And, INFORM Somerset is a website that makes data and information easier to understand by displaying it on maps.
How to contact us:
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Somerset County Council