Do you love the Mendip Hills and need money to get your project off the ground? The Mendip Hills Fund is now open for applications for projects that benefit the environment or community of the area. Over £13,000 has been donated to the fund this year.
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.
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.
Jim Hardcastle, Mendip Hills AONB Manager said, ‘Grants in the past have helped some brilliant projects like restoring a bit of wasteland at the back Stoke St. Michael Hall and helping long term unemployed people learn conservation skills. 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 and Cheddar Ales are really generous and we thank them.”
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 website or call Jim Hardcastle, Mendip Hills AONB Unit 01761 462338 or SCF Programmes Manager Kirsty Campbell on 01749 344949. You can apply online here until 31st October.