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Opportunity to make a real difference to Somerset through HPC awards panel

Are you passionate about Somerset, with good local knowledge of Bridgwater and the wider Sedgemoor area, West Somerset, and Taunton? Somerset Community Foundation (SCF) is looking for two enthusiastic individuals to volunteer as independent members on the Hinkley Point C (HPC) Community Fund Awards Panel.

The HPC Community Fund – managed by Somerset Community Foundation – has an annual budget of over £1m and is for those seeking support for projects and initiatives that will help to mitigate the impacts and increase the opportunities of the Hinkley Point C build in their community. It 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 nuclear power station, to promote their social, economic and environmental wellbeing and enhance their quality of life.

Justin Sargent, Chief Executive at SCF, said: “We’d be really interested to hear from anyone who knows Somerset well – particularly Bridgwater and the wider Sedgemoor area – and who can bring their life experience to support our grant-making. We are also interested in hearing from people with an interest in and experience in dealing with environmental issues. This is a terrific opportunity for anyone who is committed to local communities, and achieving positive and lasting change.

“The successful candidate does not need experience of serving on a grants committee, as Somerset Community Foundation will provide training and guidance.”

The members of the panel will help to make decisions on applications to the Fund and should be able to commit for at least three years. 

To find out more about this exciting voluntary role, visit: or apply by sending your 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, Thursday 8 October. Applications received after this deadline will not be considered.

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 visit: or call Somerset Community Foundation on: 01749 344949.

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