YOUNG people who live in Somerset can now gain access to either an Enterprise Grant or a Training and Employment Support Grant.
The funding is being provided by the Somerset Community Foundation, a charity that aims to help people in Somerset change the world on their doorstep by funding local charities and inspiring local giving and philanthropy.
A spokesperson for the foundation said: “Enterprise Grants are for those not in employment, education or training, aged 18-30, to launch their business idea or to support their business in its early stages.
“The money could be used to pay for things like equipment, materials, stock and services to help get their business up and running. Grants for up to £1,000 are available.
“Training and Employment Support Grants could help a young person aged 16-30 with the cost of essential items for training or apprenticeships, or to start a new job.
“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.
Gina, from Taunton, received an Enterprise grant of £1,000 for her online business The Notion Box (www.etsy.com/shop/thenotionbox), which provides haberdashery (or notions) boxes comprising a complete kit of sewing essentials.
Gina said: “The grant has already made a massive difference, allowing me to produce three types of Notion Boxes including a special design for Christmas. Being able to have more designs available on my Etsy shop has helped to move my business forward immediately.
“The grant has been more than just a financial support; Somerset Community Foundation has offered additional business mentoring too which I hope to learn so much from.”
Grants awarded from the two funds have included safety clothing and tools, beauty equipment and uniform, laptops, kit for a photography business, and supplies for a gift card business.
Kirsty Campbell, Programmes Manager at Somerset Community Foundation said: “We’re delighted to be opening up this fund again for applications.
“Whether you need an extra bit of money to help get your new business off the ground, are starting a new job after a period of unemployment or are taking 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 Friday, November 19. For more information visit: www.somersetcf.org.uk/grants-individuals
If you have any questions contact Kirsty Campbell by emailing email@example.com or by calling 01749 344949.