The Discovery Community Fund supports improvements to the health and independence of people with learning disabilities and/or autism across Somerset.
As a social enterprise, Discovery reinvests 50% of any surplus income we make into community initiatives across Somerset. Our Community Fund awards grants of between £500-£50,000 to projects that support the health and independence of people with learning disabilities in Somerset.
So far, the fund has helped groups including:
- People First Dorset – to expand their ‘Our Voice’ sessions to Minehead and Street. These empower people with learning disabilities to talk about subjects that are important to them, and develop their ability to speak up and address concerns
- Openstorytellers – to offer new ‘Get Connected’ hub drop-in sessions for people with learning disabilities and autism in and around Frome
- Orchard Vale Trust – to provide courses in IT and online safety for people with learning disabilities across Somerset
- PodPlus Frome – to expand their youth social club to over 18’s
- Langport Church Community Trust – to provide a bi-monthly disco, with the aim to go weekly, specifically for adults with learning disabilities
- Calvert Trust Exmoor – to provide adventure holidays for people with learning disabilities to experience abseiling, canoeing, horse carriage riding and more
- Dunster Festival – an interactive musical experience for people with learning disabilities in Minehead
Each round of grant funding focuses on different priority areas. We are currently judging bids from the second round of funding, which encouraged bids that would help:
- Strengthen the transition to young adulthood.
- Tackle health inequalities.
- Support people into employment.
- Remove barriers to community spaces.
- Combat hate crime.
- Put people in the lead.
Our priorities for the Community Fund are set by our Strategic Partnership Board, and we will be welcoming a third round of applications later this year.