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Somerset Community Foundation strengthens communities, tackles disadvantage and transforms people’s lives. We offer the modern philanthropist and local companies innovative services to ensure that their giving has the greatest impact. We are not cause specific, but our unrivalled knowledge of the charities and community groups that are helping Somerset to thrive, enables us to support any of our donors’ interests.

Community Foundations have been active in the UK since the 1980’s. There are approximately 60 Foundations now established across the country covering about 90% of the UK population. Somerset Community Foundation was set up in 2002 to provide an independent funding body to address poverty, tackle disadvantage and promote education throughout Somerset. At the heart of our approach is a strong belief in the importance of helping communities respond to their local circumstances.

By making a donation to Somerset Community Foundation today, you will help us to provide vital funding and support to over 300 local good causes every year.

We fund a wide range of good causes, from youth clubs, to groups for older people, mental health initiatives to support for people with dementia, so whatever cause or area you are passionate about, we'll make sure your donations make the greatest possible impact.

The Somerset Coronavirus Appeal, launched by Somerset Community Foundation (SCF), has grown to over £450,000 since its launch just a month ago on Thursday 19 March [correct as at 16/04/2020].

The appeal raises money to fund local charities and community organisations supporting those in most urgent need during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, and donations have come from local individuals, charitable trusts and businesses. The Somerset Coronavirus Appeal has also been boosted by over £150,000 from a national appeal, run by The National Emergencies Trust (NET).

Justin Sargent, Chief Executive at SCF said: “Thanks to the incredible generosity of donors to our appeal and the national appeal, we’ve been able to rapidly make grants worth over £200,000 to more than 80 groups across the county, including foodbanks and food delivery schemes, support services for older people, and virtual counselling, with more funding going out every day. We’re indebted to the amazing volunteers and staff from local groups who are going above and beyond to keep people safe and well in these exceptional times.”

Grants of up to £10,000 are available for local charities, community organisations and volunteer groups helping those in most urgent need during the coronavirus outbreak, and SCF pledges to award funding within three working days. Any groups wishing to apply should visit the SCF website, where they can complete a short, simple application form:

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