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Apply for Somerset West Lottery – Local Community Fund Grant

Grants up to £1,000 for community groups in Taunton Deane and West Somerset. Next deadline: 14 September 2018

The Local Community Fund, which is administered by Somerset Community Foundation on behalf of Taunton Deane Borough Council and West Somerset Council, distributes funds raised from the Somerset West Lottery.

Set up to support community projects in the local area, the Somerset West Lottery operates on the principle of raising money within the community for the community. It enables people to support the causes they care most about, helping good causes to connect with their supporters.

A ticket for the Somerset West Lottery costs £1 per week and 60p will go directly to good causes, which is more than double what the National Lottery gives. Players can choose to support a named local good cause or they can decide to award their contribution to the Local Community Fund. Grants are then awarded from the Fund by a Panel of Borough or District Councillors, depending on which area the project is being delivered.

Who can apply?

You can apply for a grant if you are a local charity, voluntary or community group, sports club, or social enterprise based within either Taunton Deane or West Somerset.

You must have:
  • a bank account in the name of your group.
  • a governing document.
  • a management committee / board of local people

Who can’t apply?

Somerset West Lottery cannot support activities that are commercial or are a statutory responsibility, and the fund will not support:
  • Individuals
  • National charities and appeals
  • Sponsorship and fundraising events
  • Animal welfare
  • Promotion of religion (although we will consider projects that are open to all and being delivered in places of worship)
  • Activities that are a statutory responsibility or are commercial
  • Activities that have already taken place
  • Projects where funds are distributed to a third party
  • Projects that take place outside Taunton Deane or West Somerset

How much is available?

Grants of up to £1,000 will be made from the Fund; however, if your funding need is for more than £1,000 please advise in your application. Somerset Community Foundation may be able to supplement a grant from the Somerset West Lottery – Local Community Fund with a grant from one of its other funds.

How long are grants for?

Somerset Community Foundation expect grants to be spent within 12 months of the award date and will ask you to submit a short report back to them within six weeks of the end of your grant. Reminders and a report form will be emailed to you.

What do we want to fund?

Somerset Community Foundation  can award grants for most types of community activity or project, including core costs, run by local organisations. However, it is stressed that your application must be clear about the difference you will make to the people you help as a result of your work (“outcomes”).  If you are unsure what is meant by this, please contact us.

How do I make an application?

Somerset Community Foundation encourage all applicants to use the online application form, which can be accessed here. This form allows you to save draft versions of your application and return to it later (via an email link sent to your inbox).

The form requires you to complete a series of questions about your group and your project, including your budget. You will also be asked to provide a referee (if you have not received a grant from us in the last three years) and upload supporting documents.

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