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Old Mill Fund launched to help local charities

Financial experts Old Mill have launched a new strategic partnership with Somerset Community Foundation (SCF), with a fund to support local charities across Somerset, Wiltshire and Devon.

The Old Mill Fund was officially launched in October with presentations to staff by Development Director at SCF, Laura Blake, at the firm’s four offices in Wells, Yeovil, Melksham and Exeter. Board Member at Old Mill, Kevin Whitmarsh, also announced Old Mill’s partnership to around 100 influential attendees at SCF’s Annual Celebration recently, which was generously sponsored by the firm. 

The Old Mill Fund will bring together donations from the company with funds raised by teams in each of their offices across the South West to support small, local charities. The Fund will focus on three key areas:

  • Building brighter futures: helping young people to build skills, confidence and resilience to succeed at school and beyond 
  • Reducing rural loneliness: supporting activities that reduce loneliness and help to improve physical and mental health
  • Strengthening communities: supporting projects that bring people together and build strong, supportive communities that help the most disadvantaged

Staff at Old Mill are also giving their time and expertise as volunteers at local charities, helping to upskill and strengthen the existing teams. 

Kevin Whitmarsh said: “Supporting local causes and our charitable giving is really important to us at Old Mill. It’s more than just giving money to local charities, it’s about being able to give back and to help make an impact to the communities we live and work in. When we hear all the incredible stories from individuals, families and community groups that have benefited from these grants it reminds us of the importance of being able to contribute both as individuals and as a business.”

Laura Blake added: “We are incredibly proud of our partnership with Old Mill which will unlock vital funding and skills for local good causes. The Old Mill Fund builds on many years of the firm providing generous support for local charities and we are greatly looking forward to making a lasting impact on communities together.”

Groups wishing to apply for funding from The Old Mill Fund should apply through SCF’s Foundation Grants programme, which opens for applications quarterly.  

If you run a business and would like to know more about creating a fund with Somerset Community Foundation or supporting local good causes, please contact Laura Blake, Development Director, on 

If you run a local community project and would like to find out more about grant funding in general, please call the grants team at Somerset Community Foundation on: 01749 344949 or visit:


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