Funding body information

Somerset County Council

Address:
Somerset County Council
County Hall
Taunton
Somerset
TA1 4DY
Telephone:
0300 123 2224
Website:
http://www.somerset.gov.uk

Point of contact:

Community Development, communities@somerset.gov.uk

Schemes:

There are various funding sources available to community groups in Somerset. Some are available from the County Council, others from District Councils, and there are many organisations which can provide funding for various community groups:

  • voluntary groups that provides services for the community
  • projects promoting wellbeing and the improvement of health
  • various social entreprises that support young people and people in need
  • arts projects

Please visit the council's website to access the links to the different sources of funding available to community groups.


Many local authorities are now moving away from grant-making and beginning to use commissioning as a way to distribute funding to the third sector. Local commissioners can be difficult to find and identify, however NAVCA have created a guide that may help: 'Finding your Commissioner'

Voluntary Sector Funding Pages:

Community and Living page

Useful organisations:

Somerset Community Foundation

Somerset Voluntary Sector Network

Please Note: Somerset County Council funding is currently under review. This rating will be updated to reflect changes once these are finalised.

The Council website has information on voluntary sector funding contained under the Community and Living section.

Additional information is provided about voluntary sector issues, such as the VCS Policy Commission, the local compact, Somerset Strategic Partnership, and links to other sources of help and advice, such as Somerset Community Foundation and Somerset Voluntary Sector Network. However much of the scheme information available is now out-of-date.

The Voluntary Sector Unit at this Council were also very helpful and cooperative, and were happy to take any further enquiries at a later stage.

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