This programme is currently closed.
Applicants please note: You do not need to apply both to the Benchmark Fund and our Foundation grants. Apply here, and we will let you know if your project fits better with one or the other.
We believe that early intervention and provision of the right sort of diversion can turn around the prospects of young people at risk of a life of crime. Managed by Somerset Community Foundation, the Benchmark Fund supports local, innovative projects that focus on providing positive life opportunities for vulnerable young people.
There is no maximum grant size but average grants are likely to be £1,000 - £1,500. Normally only one grant per year will be awarded to an organisation.
We will fund project costs including capital and equipment costs but salaries and general running costs are not eligible. Also not eligible are:
- Promotion of religion (although projects that benefit the community organised by faith-based organisations are eligible.)
- Animal welfare (although projects that use animals to provide benefit to local residents are eligible)
- Activities that are a statutory responsibility or are otherwise not charitable
Applications should normally be made using our online application form available by clicking here. The online form enables you to save drafts before submitting.We advise you read our general guidelines before applying by clicking here.
Decisions are made by Somerset Community Foundation in close consultation with the Benchmark Fund members or their nominated representatives and successful applicants should be informed within one month of applying.
Successful applicants will be required to send monitoring and evaluation forms at the end of their funded activity.