Grants programme & application

SALC has grant funding available to give to Somerset’s town, parish, and city councils. We want to award money to councils for projects led by community need, and for issues relating to reducing inequalities in health and wellbeing that are not already benefitting from funding.

Download guidance notes for making an application to the grant fund (for all grants).

Smaller grants up to £2,500

Town, city, and parish councils in Somerset can make an online grants application of up to £2,500 by clicking the button below.

This is an online process and once you have started the application form, it cannot be saved for later completion. However, you can download a Word version of the application form here for use in sharing with council colleagues to gather information prior to completing the application online. 

Larger grants up to £35,000

Grants of up to £35,000 (for up to two years) are available for projects that transform your council’s capacity and expertise to collaborate with your community to tackle health inequalities. To make an application for a larger grant, please first speak with SALC’s health & wellbeing officer. A small number of seed funding grants of up to £1,500 are available where necessary to help with development of ideas. 

  • Book a grants application discussion with Ann, our health and wellbeing officer, here

 

FAQs

Q- Will you fund a new project within an existing service? i.e., within an existing youth group or theatre. 

The fund is for local councils to apply to for projects that are co-created with their communities and community organisations or other local councils. Therefore, if your group or theatre can evidence a need for the new service within your community that will benefit health and wellbeing in one of the nine wider health determinant areas shown in the guidance, we will consider the project. Please work with your local council to develop an application. 

Q-What about community organisations- can we apply for funding? 

You can apply in partnership with a local council or group of councils if they have the necessary statutory power to help deliver the project. The council will be responsible for completing the application and managing the funds awarded. The fund is for local councils to apply to for projects that are co-created with their communities and community organisations and other local councils. If your organisation can evidence a need for the activity within your community that will benefit health and wellbeing in one of the nine wider health determinant areas shown in the guidance, please work with your local council to develop an application. 

Q-What about applying for a building project? 

The funding is not available to directly support large capital projects but could be used as part of a wider community engagement programme to support groups using community buildings.  

Q- Can we apply to purchase a community defibrillator or other emergency equipment? 

This fund is to encourage councils to collaborate with their community to create wellbeing activities that support better ways of living, eating, travelling, learning, and working. It is not aimed at purchasing emergency equipment. Funding for this is sometimes available through the community foundation, and small sums are available through the Somerset Prepared Partnership as part of a community resilience plan. The British Heart Foundation has a funding portal here: Apply for a public access defibrillator that we can part fund for you – BHF 

Q- Can our council apply to both small and large grant funds? 

We are allocating grants using an assessment framework that looks at not only whether the applications fit the grant criteria but is also based on the health inequality indicators and evidenced support need in the communities.  

We have a total of 30 small grants (up to £2500 each) and 18 large grants (up to £35000 each) available to cover the whole county. It could be that a council might apply to both funds, but we are encouraging collaboration, particularly for the large project grants. This is to enable as many communities as possible to benefit from the programme, so it is unlikely that an individual council would be awarded both grants if applying on their own.

Q – Does a council need to identify a statutory power to act before making an application to the fund? 

Yes, the local council must be able to identify what statutory power they will rely on to help deliver the project. Some councils will rely on the general power of competence, and those without the GPC will need to identify a specific power to act. If your council needs assistance in identifying a statutory power, please email info@somerset-alc.org.uk and we will be pleased to advise.  

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