Grants available for community projects

Mendip District Council

Funding is now available for community projects in the Mendip Hills area, including Nunney.

Mendip District Council

Tampon Tax Community Fund

Grants of £5,000-£10,000 are now available to charities and community groups in Somerset that are delivering projects that support women and girls to build skills and confidence, improve their health and wellbeing, and build social networks.

The Tampon Tax ​Community Fund ​aims​ ​to​ ​support​ ​women​ ​who​ ​are​ ​most​ ​marginalised​ ​to​ ​overcome​ ​barriers that​ ​prevent​ ​them​ ​from​ ​fulfilling​ ​their​ ​potential.

​The​ ​programme will benefit women and girls, investing in a wide variety of projects that make a tangible and long-term difference to health, wellbeing, confidence and social/economic activity, as well as addressing equality gaps.

​This​ programme aims to fund ​small​-scale interventions, ​​which​ ​will​ ​make​ ​a​ ​considerable difference to the lives and happiness of women and girls by raising their aspirations and combating the influences that affect their confidence.

The deadline to apply is Monday 5 November.

This fund is open for applications from:

  • Registered UK charities (such as Nunney Community Association)
  • Constituted Community groups
  • Companies Limited by Guarantee with charitable aims
  • Community Interest Companies (such as Visit Nunney)
  • Co-operatives – registered Community Benefit Societies and registered Industrial and Provident Societies
  • Credit Unions
  • Social Enterprises

What the Tampon Tax Community Fund will fund:

  • Volunteer expenses: budget for training, travel, telephone calls, travel and meals.
  • Activity costs: budget for resources to facilitate a project/activity; costs that fall outside capital, volunteer or staffing costs, for example, event catering, volunteer costs.
  • Project staff/sessional staff costs: budget for external consultants and staff who are employed for the specific project/activity that is being funded, including the cost of permanent staff to deliver specific projects.

This money comes out of the Tampon Tax Community Fund set up to allocate the funds generated from the VAT on sanitary products to projects that improve the lives of disadvantaged women and girls.

For full details of the Tampon Tax Community Fund, visit the Somerset Community Fund website.

Mendip Hills Fund

Separately, the Mendip Hills Fund offers up to £2,000 for initiatives that “social and economic initiatives including enhancing community facilities and support for start up of social enterprises, for example, local food initiatives”.

The Mendip Hills Fund provides a simple vehicle for local businesses, residents and visitors to give something back to this very special part of Somerset, helping to conserve and enhance the special qualities of the Mendip Hills, and benefit local communities.

The Fund is now open for applications from 1 September to 31 October 2018.

The Mendip Hills Fund is a community fund set up to conserve and enhance the environment, communities and economy of the Mendip Hills.

It is a partnership between the Mendip Hills AONB Partnership and the Somerset Community Foundation. The fund gave £6000 to local projects last year that help make the area look better and support community groups.

The fund will support local projects in the Mendip Hills area, including:

  • Landscape conservation, for example, management of natural or historic features
  • Education and interpretation projects to increase awareness, understanding and enjoyment
  • Social and economic initiatives including enhancing community facilities and support for start up of social enterprises, for example, local food initiatives

All applications are required to be completed online through the Somerset Community Foundation website. The application form will only be available to access during the application window from 1 September to 31 October 2018.

If you would like more information on what the application requires please click here for a copy. (PDF Download 318KB). Please note that this is for information purposes only and you will still need to complete your application using the online system.

A copy of the guidance notes for applications can also be found here. (PDF Download 352KB)

2017 grants awarded by the Mendip Hills Fund:

  • East Harptree School Environment Club – equipment; waterproofs, rucksacks, bow saws, waterproof note books, identification books, nets, cameras, clip boards, storage boxes, steel flasks, plastic ID trays, head torches £1288
  • Blagdon Orchard Group – design of a book to celebrate their community orchard. £500
  • St Andrews Church, Blagdon – architects fees for restoration of Grade II Listed lychgate £500
  • Blagdon Primary School – weekly forest school activities £700
  • Osprey Outdoors – conservation volunteering for mental health service users, drug and alcohol rehabilitation clients, long term unemployed £1973
  • Somerset Wildlife Trust – interpretation board for Mascall’s Wood Cheddar £500

2016 grants awarded

  • The Mendip Society will be able to improve their woodland in the Chew Valley.
  • A nationally important archaeological dig is unearthing new discoveries in Ebbor Gorge needs to support their essential volunteers.
  • The Mendip Caving Group will be able to take younger groups caving thanks to improved facilities.
  • In Charley’s Memory helps people and their families struggling with mental health problems, they will be able to bring more groups out to enjoy the Mendip Hills.
  • Villagers in Stoke St. Michael will be able to have a wide variety of events all year round by buying two marquees.

For more information and online application forms, visit the Somerset Community Foundation website.

Wessex Water Community Fund

Wessex Water, in partnership with Somerset Community Foundation, is offering financial support to grassroots groups that bring people together in the county.

Grants of up to £1,500 are available to organisations that build cohesion in communities, with priority given to smaller groups that work in areas of financial deprivation or rural isolation – and/or work to raise awareness of drinking water for healthy living or saving water.

The fund will prioritise small, grassroots charities and community organisations over larger ones that perhaps have a higher profile.

The deadline to apply is Friday 9 November 2018.

For full details and application forms, visit the Somerset Community Fund website.