Can you help decide who will get grants from the Mendip Hills Fund?

Local people with a good understanding of either the environment, the needs of the community and business, or a combination of them all are asked to become members of the Mendip Hills Fund panel.

The Mendip Hills Fund distributes grants to groups across the area that apply for funding. Grants go towards projects that conserve and enhance the landscape, promote understanding and enjoyment of the area or support the social and economic wellbeing of the community. The area covered by the Mendip Hills Fund is the designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the National Character area that covers East Mendip. Money is contributed to the fund from visitor giving schemes, donations and contributions from local events.

Panel members will need to be able to attend two meetings a year, respond to emails from the fund administrators and monitor the progress of awards relevant to them. The fund is administered by the Mendip Hills AONB Unit and the Somerset Community Foundation.

Jim Hardcastle, Mendip Hills AONB Unit manager said, ‘This is a great chance for local people with lots of experience in their field to help out some amazing projects. The panel awarded £6000 this year but £24,000 was applied for so they’ll have to make some tough decisions. We’ve got some exciting ideas on how to make the fund even bigger next year and we’re looking for new panel members to be part of this.’

To apply please complete the simple form that can be found on the Mendip Hills Fund page.

The fund administrators will make the final decision on who becomes members to ensure the panel has a wide range of experience on it. The deadline for applications is 31/12/16.

For further information please contact Jim Hardcastle 01761 462338 email Jim Hardcastle

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