Funding is available now and you can read more about the HPC Funds and apply for funding at the HPC Funds website, here.
As part of the Section 106 Agreement for the construction of the Hinkley Point C Power Station, Somerset Community Foundation will be managing the Hinkley Point C Community Fund to help local communities mitigate the impacts of the development and maximise the opportunities that arise from the development.
The Section 106 Agreement sets out the scope of the fund as:
“Mitigating the intangible and residual impacts of (Hinkley Point C) on the communities in (Somerset) through schemes, measures and projects which promote the economic, social or environmental well-being of those communities and enhance their quality of life”.
About our funding...
Somerset Community Foundation has developed two Hinkley Point C grant programmes, our Small Grants Programme and our Community Cohesion Programme, which are running alongside the Hinkley Point C Community Impact Mitigation (CIM) Fund, which is administered by West Somerset Council.
To apply for HPC Funding, your project must be for the benefit of one or more communities in the county of Somerset experiencing residual and intangible impacts* as a result of the construction of Hinkley Point C. It may be designed to remove or reduce impact and improve the social, economic or environmental wellbeing of communities and improve quality of life. A project could also help your community to take advantage of the opportunities presented by the Hinkley Point C development.
What are we have done so far...
The Awards Panel has been formed. It will make decisions on applications and includes representatives from local councils, EDF Energy, SCF Trustees and two independent members.
An important aspect of the HPC Funds is to improve community quality of life. To help understand community priorities we commissioned the Community Council for Somerset and their partner Clarity CIC to undertake a research project to review existing community plans and strategies and carry out a survey across Somerset communities, especially those most impacted by the Hinkley Point C development. Together with local authority plans and consultation with other stakeholders this research will help us to better understand local priorities and the impacts of Hinkley Point C.
We have co-ordinated open information events so communities can find out how they could harness opportunities created by the project.
*A residual and intangible impact is typically one that is difficult or impossible to measure but is (or likely to be) felt or experienced by people, their community or in their local environment after other mitigation measures have been put in place
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