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New Wessex Water Community Fund opens in Somerset

Posted on 29th August, 2018 in News

Wessex Water, in partnership with Somerset Community Foundation, is offering financial support to grassroots groups that bring people together in the county.

Grants of up to £1,500 are available to organisations that build cohesion in communities, with priority given to smaller groups that work in areas of financial deprivation or rural isolation – and/or work to raise awareness of drinking water for healthy living or saving water. The deadline for applications is 9 November 2018.

The fund is also being delivered across other parts of the West Country by Quartet, Dorset and Wiltshire Community Foundations.

Kirsty Scarlett, Wessex Water’s Community Engagement Manager, said: “We want to make sure that our communities help those who need support most. We’re delighted to be working in partnership with the four Community Foundations across our region who are all well placed to understand and address needs through making grants in their local areas.

“The fund will prioritise small, grassroots charities and community organisations over larger ones that perhaps have a higher profile.”

Justin Sargent, Chief Executive at Somerset Community Foundation added: “We are absolutely delighted to be working in partnership with Wessex Water to deliver the new Wessex Water Community Fund in our county.

“Building stronger communities in our towns and villages is absolutely key to improving the wellbeing and quality of life of so many people across Somerset, particularly those who are isolated, marginalised or disadvantaged in other ways. This fund will make a big difference to hundreds of people.”

Groups wishing to apply for funding should visit: www.somersetcf.org.uk/wessexwater or call Somerset Community Foundation on 01749 344949 for more information.