Funding body information

North Somerset Council

Town Hall
Walliscote Grove Road
BS23 1UJ
01934 888 888

Point of contact:

Stronger Communities, 01934 426 289,
Voluntary Action North Somerset, 01934 410192,


The Voluntary Action North Somerset's mission is to "represent, develop and empower the voluntary, community and social entreprise sector in North Somerset to be at the forefront of positive social change and development". One of the VANS's main activities is to help local organisations find funding.

For more information, visit their website or contact them by e-mail at or by phone 01934 410192.

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:

The council can help VCS organisations with advice on external sources of funding. Please contact Simon Gregory on 01934 426 327, or email:

It is also possible to conduct your own funding search through the following link: North Somerset 4 Business

Useful organisations:

Voluntary Action North Somerset

Quartet Community Foundation

Confusingly, information on funding for VCS organisations is located under two different headings:

Community - Advice and Support - Funding advice


Community - Community Involvement - Grants and Funding.

Once you get to these pages, information given is now up-to-date following the review carried out by the council into its voluntary sector funding process. Full information is now given on the changes taking place and the shift occurring from grant-making to commissioning services.

What is the DSC Funder Rating?

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Our ratings are by no means a final verdict, just a starting point to begin discussions about the voluntary sector’s experience of government funders. We are inviting all subscribers to share their experiences and contribute to the DSC Funder Rating. If you can help, please email us at