Grants of up to £1,000 are available for people living in Taunton with physical disabilities, learning disabilities or both to take part in music therapy, music experiences and outdoor adventures.
The grants are made possible by a fund called Mary’s Beat, which has been created in memory of Mary Christabel Dyer.
Administered by Somerset Community Foundation, Mary’s Beat will consider funding for individuals to participate in an activity which would not otherwise be available to them.
Eligible activities include music therapy, one-off concerts, and outdoor activities that will build self confidence, encourage participation and inspire hope for the future.
Previous grants have been awarded towards the cost of specialist buggies, trikes and wheelchairs, football season tickets, music and equine therapy, and outdoor activity days.
So far, Mary’s Beat has awarded ten grants totalling £5,900 and the Fund is currently open for grant applications until Monday 2 March 2020.
Mary was born with severe disabilities and required constant care, however she lived a rich and rewarding life. She loved attending live music concerts and enjoyed the great outdoors: camping, walking in her adapted wheelchair, and cycling in her ‘Duet’ wheelchair bike.
If you run a local community project and would like to find out more about grant funding in general, please call the Somerset Community Foundation on: 01749 344949.