Mendip Hills Fund – open to applications
The Mendip Hills Fund is offering grants and loans for projects and activities that conserve and enhance the special qualities of the Mendip Hills, and benefit local communities. The first deadline for applications is September 22nd 2014.
The Mendip Hills Fund is a partnership between Somerset Community Foundation and Mendip Hills AONB Partnership providing a new community fund to conserve and enhance the environment, communities and economy of the Mendip Hills.
Grants or loans will be awarded to support community and voluntary groups and to support the non-statutory activities of the Mendip Hills AONB Partnership in three categories:
Conservation and enhancement of the landscape – activities could includelandscape conservation grants to conserve and enhance the special qualities of the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, maintenance and management of natural and historic features.
Promote public understanding and enjoyment of the Mendip Hills – activities could include grants for education visits and activities, Information and interpretation projects, eg notice boards, walking leaflets, outreach projects, eg targeting disadvantaged groups
Support the social and economic well being of the Mendip Hills – activities could include grants or loans to local communities for enhancing community facilities, eg village halls, start up social enterprises, eg farm shops, local food initiatives, community enterprises, eg village shops, village play schemes
Applicants must demonstrate benefit to the Mendip Hills environment and/ or Mendip Hills communities. For further information and application form visit Somerset Community Foundation web site.
Income to the Fund is raised from businesses, residents and visitors who wish to give something back to this very special part of Somerset, helping to conserve and enhance the special qualities of the Mendip Hills, and benefit local communities. To donate visit Somerset Community Foundation’s Mendip Hills Fund page.