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Opportunity Boost Scheme to open doors to employment

 
  A new grant has been launched to help people in Somerset overcome financial barriers when seeking employment and returning to work.  

The Opportunity Boost Scheme will provide grants worth up to £500 to help with the cost associated progressing into work, such as transport costs, childcare, work clothes, learning resources and training courses.   The funding for the scheme has been provided through the Somerset Recovery Fund, and the initiative is being delivered in partnership between Somerset County Council and Citizens Advice Somerset.  

To qualify, applicants must live in Somerset, be aged 16 or over, not be entitled to any other financial assistance for job seeking, and had a pre-Covid salary of less than £25,000.  

Councillor David Hall, Somerset County Council Cabinet Member for Economic Development, said: “Somerset County Council has developed a number of initiatives to help the county’s economy recover from the impacts of the Covid pandemic.   “We are offering a wide range of support to businesses, but also want to make sure good potential employees are not missing out on job roles or returning to work due to financial barriers.   “The Opportunity Boost Scheme is a welcome initiative as part of our wider strategy to help Somerset’s economy move forward and prosper.”  

Applications are now live and will close on Friday, March 25.
To apply, visit Somerset Recovery Fund, Opportunity Boost Scheme project, Now Open. – Citizens Advice West Somerset (westsomersetadvice.org.uk)  

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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. 

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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.
Burnham & Highbridge Town Council takes your privacy seriously and will only use your personal information for the purposes of contacting you about this grant. The Council’s privacy notice can be found here.

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