Somerset Community Foundation administers the TS5C. Under this scheme, a portion of donations are used to create a 'legacy' fund to promote healthier lifestyles in Somerset through support for grassroots voluntary and community organisations.
As an endowed fund, the donations are invested to generate an income for grant-making in perpetuity. As such the criteria for grants are kept broad within the 'healthy lifestyle' theme, but specific priorities may be selected from year to year.
Healthy lifestyles - general principles
Grants up to £500 will be targeted at projects that promote healthier lifestyles through sport and physical exercise and improved diets. Priority will be given to the areas where poor health is an issue and where life expectancies are lowest and to projects where community-led responses target 'hard-to-reach' people.
These grants are specifically for small voluntary and community organisations. They do not need to be registered charities, although their activity should be charitable. Although hard to define precisely, we will be looking for the following characteristics.
- Board or management committee made up of local people from the community and/or the beneficiaries (or their representatives)
- Constitution or equivalent
- Own bank account
- Clear accounts (unless a new organisation)
- An organisation where a grant of £500 could be considered a significant contribution
Statutory organisations or organisations that are largely governed by representatives of statutory organisations will generally not be considered as community-led.
Local branches of national charities are eligible, but we will seek evidence of local autonomy in decision-making and project development.
The fund will support a broad range of activities that promote healthy lifestyles through amateur sport, physical exercise and improved diets. Currently, priority will be given to projects that improve the health of children and young families, particularly reducing levels of child obesity. Grants will not be made to support individuals under any circumstances, either directly or channelled through a local organisation.