Burnham-on-Sea & Highbridge Town Council



HPC grants for running costs available for local charities affected by the pandemic

Somerset Community Foundation (SCF) has opened a special round of the Hinkley Point C Small Grants programme to support the day-to-day running costs of community groups who were significantly affected during the coronavirus outbreak. 

Grants are now available for what is sometimes known as ‘core costs’ – or every day running costs. Val Bishop, Programmes Director at SCF explains: “The pandemic has hit small community groups and charities hard, and many of them have not been able to fundraise as they would have normally, with activities like fun runs, charity dinners and coffee mornings all unable to go ahead. Many groups and charities have struggled financially.

“Since the start of the outbreak, these groups have proved themselves invaluable during this time of crisis. It’s important to us that we make our funding as accessible and flexible as possible, so our sector is able to continue to help build stronger communities, so important in those areas affected by the HPC project.”

The HPC Community Fund’s Small Grants programme is welcoming applications for grants of up to £5,000 from community groups and organisations who work in places that have been impacted by the HPC development and who have been affected by the pandemic, to help support their core costs as communities start to recover from the impacts of the coronavirus outbreak. The Fund will also continue to accept applications that apply for project or activity costs.

SCF expect to award up to £50,000 towards core costs in this round.

For those wishing to learn more, Programme Manager for the Somerset Community Foundation’s HPC Small Grants programme, Peter Stolze, will host a presentation via Zoom on Wednesday 8 September at 11am. The free-of-charge event, which should last around an hour, is a great chance to find out if this funding is for your group and to ask any questions you may have.

To book a place on the September event, visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/hpc-community-fund-core-costs-tickets-162065866369

Applications to the next round of HPC Small Grants can be made by visiting: www.somersetcf.org.uk/hpcsmall and the deadline to apply is Wednesday 29 September.

The HPC Community Fund is part of a wider £20 million commitment of funding, provided by EDF through Section 106 agreements, for communities that are affected by the development of the new nuclear power station, to promote their social, economic and environmental wellbeing and enhance their quality of life.

If you run a local community project in Somerset and would like to find out more about grant funding from the HPC Community Fund please email Somerset Community Foundation at: info@somersetcf.org.uk, call: 01749 344949 or visit: www.hpcfunds.co.uk

Somerset Community Foundation (SCF) is a charity that helps passionate people in Somerset change the world on their doorstep by funding local charities and inspiring local giving and philanthropy. They aim to build stronger communities in Somerset where everyone has the opportunity to thrive. They provide rewarding and impactful ways for donors to give through them, to the causes and places they care about most. Together, they fund amazing organisations and the passionate people that change lives every day.

Since SCF were founded in 2002 they’ve awarded more than £15 million in funding, changing thousands of lives across Somerset.

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Grant Application Kings Coronation Form

The Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III will take place on Saturday 6th May 2023, with an additional bank holiday on Monday 8th May 2023.

We are keen to hear from groups/organisations in Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge that are looking to celebrate the Coronation. The Town Council has £1500 available to allocate to events being organised to celebrate the Kings Coronation. The maximum grant to be allocated per event will be £500.

You must meet the following criteria for your application to be considered:

– The event will be open to all members of the public

– The event will be free of charge

– The event will take place within the Coronation weekend

– The event will take place within Burnham on Sea or Highbridge


Applications will close on Monday 6th March at midday. 

Your organisation and contact details

What happens next....
Applications will be considered at the Finance and Resources Committee Meeting on Monday 13th March 2023. You will be notified after this date whether your application has been successful.
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