Category Archives: Grants


Grants of up to £1,000 are available for local charities, voluntary or community groups, sports clubs, or social enterprises based within either Taunton Deane or West Somerset and the deadline to apply is Monday 26 February.

The Local Community Fund, which is administered by Somerset Community Foundation on behalf of Taunton Deane Borough Council and West Somerset District Council, was set up to support community projects in the local area by distributing money raised from the Somerset West Lottery, which raises money within the community for the community, enabling people to support the causes they care most about, while also helping good causes to connect with their supporters.

A ticket for the Somerset West Lottery costs £1 per week, 60p of which goes directly to good causes – 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 awarded from the fund by a panel of Borough or District Councillors, depending on where the project is being delivered.

Groups wishing to apply for funding, should visit: or call Somerset Community Foundation on 01749 344949 for more information.

If you run a local community project and would like to find out about our other funding programmes, please call Somerset Community Foundation on: 01749 344949 or visit:


The deadline for applications for the Community Councillor Grants fund is fast approaching. So if your group or club is looking for funding, North Devon Council currently still has over £23,000 yet to be awarded. The closing date is 31 January 2017.

The scheme offers support to organisations and projects that directly help local people, the local environment and the local community. Each of our 43 North Devon councillors has £1,000 allocated to award to projects or groups throughout the year.

Youth clubs, toddler groups, sports clubs, museums, village halls and environmental groups have all benefited from grants in the past for running costs, start-up costs or equipment for a new project or service.

To qualify for a Community Councillor Grant applicants must be a voluntary or community group, club or not-for-profit organisation that benefits the people and environment of the North Devon Council area.

Leader of North Devon Council, Cllr Des Brailey says: “Every year our Councillor Community grants help to support a variety of local clubs and organisations to continue their valuable community work and helps other projects to get started. There’s lots of information on the council website, including a list of all the projects and organisations that were supported by the fund last year”.

For further details, or to make an application visit or contact the office on 01271 388327.

PHOTO:Sticklepath PTFA receiving a cheque for new equipment at the school.


Working in partnership, the Exmoor Trust and Exmoor National Park are 
pleased to announce a new round of funding from the Carbon Neutral 
Exmoor project to support community-based renewable energy projects.

Funding is available to cover the costs of installing renewable energy
(including both power and heat) within community buildings across Exmoor
 National Park. The funding is offered as a grant repayable via the
 government’s Clean Energy Cashback for a period of ten years or until the 
grant is repaid (whichever is the shortest). This is at minimal risk to 
the community as cashback payments (through the Feed in Tariff for power
 and the Renewable Heat Incentive for heat) are guaranteed for a 20-year 
period once a project is accepted and the grant is only repaid via these

Archie McIntyre, Fund Manager and Vice Chairman of the Exmoor Trust
, commented: “We’re delighted to be able to play an active role in 
supporting communities that wish to take advantage of cleaner and
 cheaper energy. Our hope is that any community organisation that is 
interested in sourcing alternative power or heat requirements will be 
able to do so without having to find the significant capital funds often 
required for such schemes.”

On behalf of Exmoor National Park Authority, Dan James, Sustainaheble Economy
Manager, said: “To date the fund has been able to support over 20 
community projects through the Carbon Neutral Exmoor project, 
incorporating a range of technology from solar pv to woodchip heating
 systems. Not only is this work helping to reduce carbon emissions within 
the National Park, it is also helping to provide modern facilities within
 community buildings and helping them to reduce their monthly expenditure
on fuel bills.”

Community buildings that have benefitted in the past have include sport
 clubs, village halls, community-owned shops, schools and even a pub. At
 this stage any organisation that may be interested in taking forwards a
 project is encouraged to submit brief details to the Exmoor Trust as an
 expression of Interest by the end of March 2016. This will help to 
assess demand for the scheme now and into the future and the Trust will
 advise you as to whether a project might be eligible for a full 

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