Get a grant – make a difference
For the fourth year in a row, every County Councillor in Somerset has been given a pot of money to help develop local activities that promote health and wellbeing in their area.
Each councillor has £5,000 to spend in their own patch. They can award grants from £250 to local community groups and organisations, for example parish councils and voluntary groups.
The idea of the fund is to encourage people, families and communities to take more responsibility for their own health and wellbeing. The fund can help achieve this by supporting activities in your local area which to inspire people to join in, to try new things or to make a difference.
It’s up to you what ideas you would like to put forward, but here are some examples from last year to get you thinking about what your community could do.
- Hatch Beauchamp School created a fruit garden for the children to grow and eat more fruit.
- Chard Rugby Club received a contribution to help set up a Trim Trail
- Pilton Pre School received some money purchase outdoor play equipment
- Carhampton Parish Council received a donation for new goal posts
This year we are particularly keen to see projects which widen participation, address inequalities in health or address isolation and lonlieness.
So, if you have a great idea that would help your local community get more active and healthier, but need the cash to do it, get in touch with your local councillor now!
All the applications must be made through your local councillor, so if you’re not sure who that is or how to contact them, visit www.somerset.gov.uk/councillors, or phone 0300 123 2224.