SCF agrees grants of over £170,000 thanks to the Taunton Youth & Community Centre Fund
Somerset Community Foundation (SCF) has made its first grant offers totalling £173,439.75 from the Taunton Youth and Community Centre (TYCC) fund, created to help organisations offering a long lasting legacy for young people in Taunton Deane. The offers, made to three groups in the Taunton area, include a grant of £23,439 to Actiontrack, a community theatre and participatory arts charity, to provide equipment for their recording studio.
Actiontrack’s Molly Brace commented “The grant provided by TYCC will greatly affect and enhance the work that Actiontrack Performance Company do with young musicians. Not only will it elevate the music they are able to create in the studio, but it will also help Actiontrack teach the participants new skills within music making, that they can take away with them into their own work. The equipment also means that Actiontrack themselves can take the studio out of its four walls and tour into the community, expanding its client base and exposing the work to new audiences."
The TYCC fund was created after the sale of a community asset in Taunton. In 2013 Executive Cllr N Cavill agreed on behalf of Taunton Deane Borough Council to accept the offer from the trustees of the former Taunton Youth and Community Centre of the proceeds from the sale of land at Castle Street, Tangier (the site of the former Taunton Youth and Community Centre) on the understanding that the money will be ring fenced by TDBC for capital funding of youth projects in the Borough to be agreed at the appropriate time. In 2015 Taunton Deane Borough Council asked Somerset Community Foundation to manage the fund. In the spring of 2016 the fund opened for applications from charities in Taunton Deane offering opportunities for children and young people.
Taunton Deane Borough Councillor Jane Warmington said “The grants panel are pleased to have agreed grants of significant sums of money to enable several charities undertaking really good work across our communities to improve their facilities thanks to this opportunity from TYCC”