Funding Available for Taunton Groups

The Larkfleet Homes Community Fund supports charitable projects that help to enhance and develop the local community, and benefit Larkfleet residents and other local people.

Applications are now open, and constituted groups delivering charitable projects which will benefit communities within a 10 mile radius of the Larkfleet Rise development in Taunton, are invited to apply.

Find out more here.

New Dementia Community Grants Programme

Somerset County Council is changing the way it provides day time activities for people with memory loss or dementia. They have announced a community grants programme, which is now open for applications. The initiative is aimed at supporting the development of services for people in Somerset with memory loss or dementia, over the next five years.

Grants will usually be for £250 to £10,000 per year.

The grants will:

  • Directly benefit residents of Somerset and grass roots community groups and organisations.
  • Support an increase in people with memory problems or dementia using community groups and services, even when their condition worsens and extra support is required.
  • Fund activities and services that support both Somerset County Council’s Adult Social Care clients who use Direct Payments to pay for their support, and people who pay for themselves.
  • Fund projects that become self-sufficient and sustainable

For further information please view Dementia Community Grant Outline and Dementia Community Grant EOI template

If you wish to have an informal conversation about this grant and what it can fund, please email the Adult and Health Commissioning Team at , and a member of the team will call you back.

Free Forums for Youth Organisations in Somerset

In response to the recent announcements regarding Youth Service provision across the County, Spark will be holding a series of Voluntary Sector Forums aimed specifically at Youth Organisations.

It’s a great opportunity to meet the Spark team and find out about the support they offer. Local funders will also be attending, and there will be plenty of time to network with other organisations operating in your area.

Dates, times and a locations are:

Monday 12th November, 7pm to 9pm, Victoria Park Community Centre

Tuesday 20th November, 7pm to 9pm, The Art Bank, Shepton Mallet

Tuesday 27th November, 7pm to 9pm, William Blake Memorial Hall, South Petherton

Find out more and register here.


Somerset Diverse Communities Small Grants Scheme

Somerset Diverse Communities is a project that aims to celebrate the diversity in Somerset. It hopes to support and build relationships with groups and organisations who are supporting or working with black and minority ethnic (BME) communities in Somerset.

Through it’s Small Grants Scheme, funding of up to £300 is available to community groups, charities, organisations and agencies which support or directly work with BME communities in Taunton Deane, Mendip, Sedgemoor and West Somerset. Groups do not need to be formal or registered to apply.

Funding must be used for non-profit making purposes which benefit BME communities in Somerset. You could use the money to run a community event, fund running costs, hold a training session to build skills, buy materials for community activities, or promote the work of your group. Due to the nature of this small grants scheme, preference will be given to small projects where the funding can make a big difference.

Somerset Diverse Communities is especially interested in supporting applications which build community cohesion and/or empower people to develop skills and feel confident in the wider community. They aim to be flexible in regards to what they will fund, so if you have a good idea, please Somerset Diverse Communities Community Engagement Worker, Beccy Jesson, at

The closing date for applications is Friday 19th October 2018.

Further information.

Application Form.

Celebrating involvement in healthcare community grants 2018 – apply now!

NHS England are on the lookout for VCSE groups that have done some amazing patient, service-user or carer involvement work that’s improved healthcare services.

They will be awarding grants of up to £2,500 to a number of projects that showcase good practice around patient and citizen involvement in healthcare.

The  grants will be awarded to organisations that can tell the story of their patient and citizen involvement project. Using the funding, they will share what worked, how they involved patients and citizens and what impact involvement had on services. Organisations should be able to tell their story in a creative, appealing and accessible way which can include producing films, photo or audio books, leaflets and posters, graphics or comics.

NHS England knows that patient groups, VSCE organisations and a diverse range of community groups all over England are involved in shaping and improving healthcare services. It wants to encourage the promotion of learning and sharing of good practice by making funds available to groups to highlight and share their work with others.

The grants can only be awarded to a voluntary organisation. Please ensure you read the community grants guidelines document before you apply, to check that your organisation and project is eligible. If you are eligible, you will need to complete the application form by Thursday 20 September.

Funding available for projects suppporting people affected by domestic abuse

Taunton Women’s Aid is inviting applications for grant funding of up to £10,000 from charities and community groups with projects that support people affected by domestic abuse.

They will favour proposals which will have the biggest impact with the relatively small amounts of money available, and will fund the following types of projects:

  • Setting up and running a support group – e.g. room hire, the services of a facilitator, or child care costs to enable women to attend the group
  • Running a course – e.g. pattern changing: funding the cost of room hire and the cost of a course-provider
  • Specialist materials and resources – e.g. Women’s Aid resources for work with children and young people
  • Training costs – the cost of sending a member of staff on an accredited training course so they can support people who have experienced or been exposed to domestic abuse
  • Schools work – working with young people and teachers to provide support
  • A confidence-building trip or outing for young people or for parents and children

Priority is given to applications from organisations or projects which will benefit people living in Taunton Deane, and then to applications from other districts in Somerset.

Click here for further details. 

Somerset Funding Event

Somerset VCSE groups are invited to a free funding event.

Come and meet funders in Somerset and hear about their current funding opportunities, and talk to the local support organisations that can to help you to find funding and support you through the application process.

The event concludes with a networking lunch, during which you’ll be able to speak directly to the funders and support organisations.

It’s being held on Thursday 27th September, from 10am to 12:30pm at the Sedgemoor District Council offices.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to

GDPR guidance for fundraisers and small charities

The Fundraising Regulator has worked with the Institute of Fundraising to produce 6 ‘bitesize’ GDPR guides.

The guides are based on the key questions asked by charities, and provide clear and practical answers.

They give an overview of GDPR for charities and fundraisers, look at different fundraising methods, and identify ways in which personal data is likely to be used in each case. The material also signposts to more detailed guidance from key sources, to fully equip fundraisers and small charities ahead of 25th May.