SOMERSET Community Foundation is supporting community groups that can help to reduce loneliness and spread Christmas cheer through food and festive activities.
A spokesperson said: “Christmas can be a difficult time for some of our neighbours, and this year will be a tough Christmas for many more in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.
“Many people who would normally come together for a community Christmas meal will be unable to this year, due to the coronavirus restrictions, so SCF wants to fund groups who can help to bring festive food – and the spirit of Christmas – to people at home.”
The Festive Fund for Somerset offers a £250 grant to groups if they can tell SCF how their work can combat the isolation and loneliness that many people can feel in the winter months.
Groups will need to think about how they can safely prepare and deliver food and gifts, or think creatively about how they can bring people together virtually to create happy Christmas memories.
Grants will be awarded for work that supports people of all ages who may experience loneliness or disadvantage at Christmas.
To apply, you will need to complete a short application form by Friday, November 13. SCF will let applicants know if they have been successful by the end of November at the latest, so they will have plenty of time to plan their activities.
For information on how to apply for a Festive Fund grant, visit: www.somersetcf.org.uk/festivefund