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Deadline approaching for day-to-day running costs grants for COVID-hit charities

Time is running out for charities and community groups who were significantly affected during the height of the Coronavirus outbreak to apply for grants to support their day-to-day running costs (also known as core costs).

Somerset Community Foundation (SCF) has opened a special round of the Hinkley Point C Small Grants programme and is encouraging applications for grants of up to £5,000 from community groups and organisations who work in places that are impacted by the Hinkley Point C (HPC) development.

Val Bishop, Programmes Director at SCF explains: “Many small community groups and charities were unable to fundraise for a significant period of time during the height of the pandemic. Lockdowns have meant that activities like fun runs, charity dinners and coffee mornings were all unable to go ahead and many groups and charities have struggled financially.

“These small groups also proved themselves invaluable to many during this time of crisis. It’s important to us that we make our funding as accessible and flexible as possible, to support the charity sector and help them to continue to build stronger, thriving communities. This is universally crucial for communities across the whole county, but it is so very important in those areas affected by the HPC project.”

SCF expects to award up to £50,000 in grants to those groups who have been affected by the pandemic, to help support them as they start to recover from the impacts of the coronavirus outbreak. The HPC Community Fund will also continue to be open to applications from groups that wish to apply for project or activity costs.

For those wanting to learn more, Programme Manager for the Somerset Community Foundation’s HPC Small Grants programme, Peter Stolze, is available to answer your questions by email: or you can call him on: 01749 344949.

Applications to the next round of HPC Small Grants can be made by visiting: and the deadline to apply is Wednesday, September 29.

The HPC Community Fund is part of a wider £20 million commitment of funding, provided by EDF through Section 106 agreements, for communities that are affected by the development of the new nuclear power station, to promote their social, economic and environmental wellbeing and enhance their quality of life.

If you run a local community project in Somerset and would like to find out more about grant funding from the HPC Community Fund please email Somerset Community Foundation at:, call: 01749 344949 or visit:

Somerset Community Foundation (SCF) is a charity that helps passionate people in Somerset change the world on their doorstep by funding local charities and inspiring local giving and philanthropy. They aim to build stronger communities in Somerset where everyone has the opportunity to thrive. They provide rewarding and impactful ways for donors to give through them, to the causes and places they care about most. Together, they fund amazing organisations and the passionate people that change lives every day.

Since SCF were founded in 2002 they’ve awarded more than £15 million in funding, changing thousands of lives across Somerset.

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