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South Somerset District Council Community Grants

South Somerset District Council has a long tradition of supporting communities and the local voluntary and community sector.

Who do they fund?
  • Community, voluntary and charitable organisations
  • Not-for-profit groups with a signed set of group rules
  • Parish or Town Councils
  • Other organisations e.g. churches and schools (including Academies) provided wider community benefits can be shown

What do they fund?

  • Up to 50% of the application costs
  • Requests between £101 and £12,500 can be considered

Even a few hundred pounds for your community can make a difference such as:
  • Covering the cost of hiring a room/pitch or equipment to help start new activities
  • Booking a coach or activity leader to help increase use of local facilities
  • Helping to subsidise the cost of transport to get your idea moving
  • Training for volunteers to make a difference in your community
  • Getting some expert help for designs or other advice and guidance

Larger projects supported by their community grants have included:
  • Setting up local services like a social enterprise to operate a shop, pub or cafe
  • Refurbishing or expanding local community halls and meeting places
  • Community transport - enabling a new community transport service to start up
  • Creating or improving local recreation facilities for all ages (see also help for play and youth groups)
  • Starting or developing arts, conservation, education and environment projects (see also help for arts organisations)

They also aim to fund projects which target particular groups within the local community:
  • people at risk of, or suffering from, poor health
  • people with mental health problems
  • children and young people up to age 18
  • older people
  • people on low incomes
  • people facing exclusion in urban and rural areas
  • people seeking to improve and develop work or educational skills​

Other things to consider

  • They hope that you have the support of your parish council - which may include a financial contribution, and they expect other sources of funding to be considered, which ensures that every £1 they provide for community grants goes as far as possible.
  • Your project will need to be well-planned and managed by your group - their grants are only offered after a careful assessment
  • Applications for more than £1,000 are decided by your SSDC Area Committee.

Please view this guidance document for further information.

If you would like to speak to someone about this grants programme or obtain an application pack, please email communities@southsomerset.gov.uk.

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