Do you have a project that will benefit the environment or community of the Mendip Hills that needs funding? The 2018 round of applications for the fund will be open between September and October and this years there’s more money than ever to give away.
Grants of up to £2000 are available for projects in the Mendip Hills AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) and through East Mendip to Frome.
Grants will be awarded to support community and voluntary group projects that:
• Conserve and enhance the landscape
• Increase awareness, understanding and enjoyment of the area
• Support social and economic initiatives including enhancing community facilities or support for start-up of social enterprises, e.g. local food initiatives.
Jim Hardcastle, Mendip Hills AONB Manager said, ‘We’ve worked hard to keep growing the size of the fund. Local events like the Butcombe Trail Ultramarathon and businesses like Mendip Outdoor Pursuits are really generous. Grants in the past have helped some brilliant projects recently like the Mendip Society’s Tania’s Wood that can now be used for forest schools, Osprey Outdoors that help long term unemployed people through conservation work, the Blagdon Orchard Groups new book and the school’s environment club in East Harptree.”
The fund was set up with the Mendip Hills AONB Partnership, and income is generated through visitor-giving schemes from local tourism businesses in the area and donations for Mendip Hills wildlife badges.
If you are running a project in the Mendip area and you are not sure if you fit the criteria for application to the Mendip Hills Fund, please visit Somerset Community Foundation web site or call Jim Hardcastle, Mendip Hills AONB Unit 01761 462338 or SCF Programmes Manager Jocelyn Blacker on 01749 344949. You can apply online from 1st September to 31st October.