Somerset Community Foundation (SCF) is delighted to have been awarded a High Sheriff’s Special Recognition Award, which cites their ‘outstanding work to the community in Somerset during the coronavirus pandemic of 2020.’
The High Sheriff’s Special Recognition Award is presented on the one-year anniversary of the first emergency Coronavirus Response grants, which were approved for payment less than a week after the appeal was launched last year.
These first grants were made to food banks across the county, and in those first few weeks of lockdown SCF continued making emergency grants to front line charities in Taunton and across the county, every day.
Justin Sargent, Chief Executive at SCF has told Tone News:
We’re truly delighted to have received this Special Recognition Award from the High Sheriff of Somerset.
Our grateful thanks go to our local charities on the front line, who have worked tirelessly to ensure our vulnerable neighbours across Somerset have been cared for and supported through these most difficult of times.
Thanks to the £1.5m of flexible funding we’ve received from individuals, businesses, charitable trusts and public sector partners, and a year after we made our first grant, we’ve awarded almost £1.2m of grants to date.
Over 370 charities, with more funding being awarded in the weeks and months to come to help local charities recover from the impacts of the pandemic.
If your organisation is based in Taunton, has been affected by the coronavirus pandemic and has an annual income under £250,000 you may be able to apply for a grant of up to £5,000.
Applications must be made by Friday 23 April.
You can find out more by visiting the Somerset Community foundation website.
Who is the High Sheriff of Somerset and what is their role within the community? Listen to our recent interview with Mary-Clare Rodwell by clicking HERE.