YOUNG people are now able to apply for grants to set up a business or help with the costs of training of employment.
The funding is available through the Somerset Community Foundation who are offering two programmes:
• Enterprise Grants
• Training and Employment Support Grants
Both programmes are open to young people who live in Somerset and are not in education, training or employment.
Enterprise Grants are for young people aged 18-30 to launch their business idea. This money could be used to pay for things like equipment, materials, stock and services to help get their business running, and grants for up to £1,000 are available from this programme.
Training and Employment Support Grants could help a young person aged 16-30 with the cost of essential items for training, apprenticeships or employment. This could include the cost of a course, a laptop, tools or clothing, or transport costs. Grants for up to £500 are available from this programme.
Kirsty Campbell, Programmes Manager at Somerset Community Foundation said: “We’re delighted to be launching this new fund, which offers grants for young people in Somerset who are not currently in employment, education or training.
“Whether you have created a business plan and just need an extra bit of money to help get your new business off the ground or have decided to re-train, or start a course at college or an apprenticeship – we’d like to help if we can. It’s amazing the difference these grants can make.
“The deadline for applications is Wednesday, June 30. For more information visit: www.somersetcf.org.uk/grants-individuals or if you have any questions, contact Kirsty Campbell by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 01749 344949.
“Somerset Community Foundation is a charity that helps passionate people in Somerset change the world on their doorstep by funding local charities and inspiring local giving and philanthropy.
“We aim to build stronger communities in Somerset where everyone has the opportunity to thrive. We provide rewarding and impactful ways for donors to give through them, to the causes and places they care about most.
“Together, we fund amazing organisations and the passionate people that change lives every day.
“Since SCF was founded in 2002 we have awarded more than £15 million in funding, changing thousands of lives across Somerset.”