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Help Somerset Community Foundation invest in local communities

Somerset Community Foundation (SCF) is looking for an individual to volunteer on the Hinkley Point C (HPC) Community Fund Awards Panel – and applications from people with knowledge of communities west of Hinkley Point are particularly welcome.

Somerset Community Foundation manages the HPC Community Fund, awarding grants to community groups and local organisations who are supporting those impacted by the HPC project, or helping people to access opportunities that have arisen because of the project.

The Awards Panel, which includes members of the local community, makes the decisions about which Somerset-based projects will be awarded grants. To date they have helped to award over £9 million to local organisations, with grants ranging from £200 to over £1,000,000.

Justin Sargent, Chief Executive at SCF, said: “We’d be really interested to hear from anyone who can bring their life experience to support our grant-making. This is a terrific opportunity for anyone who is committed to improving the quality of life and wellbeing of communities close to Hinkley Point C. Their insights into those communities are particularly valuable in helping us understand how the funding can make the greatest difference.”

Justin added that applicants do not need experience of serving on a grants committee, as Somerset Community Foundation will provide support and guidance. The successful panel member should be able to commit for at least three years.

To find out more about the voluntary role, visit: or apply by sending a CV and a covering letter to: or post to Carolyn Phimister, Somerset Community Foundation, Yeoman House, Bath and West Showground, Shepton Mallet BA4 6QN, to arrive by noon, Friday, February 23. Applications received after this deadline will not be considered.

Local community projects in Somerset can find out more about grant funding from the HPC Community Fund at or by calling Somerset Community Foundation on 01749 344949.

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.

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 was founded in 2002 they’ve awarded more than £25 million in funding to Somerset-based community groups, charities and social enterprises.

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