Mendip Hills Fund – awards its first grants

Tuesday 21st October 2014

MHFLogoThe Mendip Hills Fund has awarded its first grants. Blagdonia is a community group bringing together residents and organisations in Blagdon and has been awarded £1600 towards their community mosaic panel reflecting different aspects of their village to be installed outside in the centre of Blagdon.

Somerset Art Works (SAW), an artist-led non-profit making organisation dedicated to developing visual arts, were awarded £2000, subject to raising match funding, for a multi-stranded art trail ‘step in stone’ around disused and working quarries in the East Mendips.

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 include landscape 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 web site.

The next deadline for applications is 20th February 2015.