Community Fund

Supporting the local community

As part of the development of Hinkley Point C, we have committed £20 million of community funding to improve the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of communities that are affected by the construction of our new nuclear power station.

Our community funds have already delivered £11 million of investment into local projects and have been managed by both West Somerset Council and, more recently, by the Somerset Community Foundation.

Together, we have supported a large number of community projects across the local area. From a new play area and a village hall in Stogursey, to a new cycle path in Brean; museum restorations in Watchet and an Education Business Partnership for Somerset, to name but a few.

How to apply for funding

More information on how to apply for funding can be found at or by calling Somerset Community Foundation on 01749 344949.

The Community Fund in numbers










Explore the projects

Use the interactive map below to explore the projects supported so far. It may inspire you to submit your own application.

Air Cadets 290 Squadron Detachment Burnham and Highbridge

Project: Adventure training control facility

Award: £4,200

Bridgwater and North Petherton Town Councils

Project: Southern Bridgwater and North Petherton Mitigation Scheme

Award: £344,850

Bridgwater Carnival Gangs & Features Association

Project: Skills development to enhance HPC employability and help secure the future of the carnival

Award: £3,501

Bridgwater Chamber

Project: Supply the Supplier Engagement Project

Award: £79,289

Bridgwater Cricket Club

Project: Refurbishing the artificial wicket

Award: £5,000

Bridgwater Doctors Cricket Club

Project: Cannington Cricket Club enhancements

Award: £1,000

Bridgwater Education Trust

Project: Student employee mentoring

Award: £18,295

Bridgwater Foodbank

Project: Premises purchase

Award: £110,000

Bridgwater Photographic Society

Project: AV equipment for Sydenham Community Centre

Award: £4,780

Bridgwater Town Council

Project: Bridgwater Town Centre Support Scheme

Award: £116,070

Burnham-on-Sea & Highbridge Men’s Shed (BOSHed)

Project: Increasing accessibility to Burnham and Highbridge Men’s Shed

Award: £5,000

Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge Town Council

Project: Burnham Evolution

Award: £350,000

Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) Somerset

Project: Restoring historic fingerposts within a 10-mile radius of HPC

Award: £4,800

Cannington Parish Council

Project: Traffic calming scheme

Award: £182,952

Cannington Village Hall

Project: Cannington Village Hall improvements

Award: £186,186

Cheddar Parish Council

Project: Cheddar Community Pavillion

Award: £320,000

Citizens Advice Sedgemoor

Project: Supporting Hinkley Advice Needs

Award: £180,000

Community Council for Somerset

Project: Support to existing groups, incoming workers and their families

Award: £31,879

Crowcombe Parish Council

Project: Footpath construction to avoid dangerous road

Award: £4,000

Cruse Bereavement Care

Project: Setting up a telephone counselling service

Award: £2,650

Diversity Voice

Project: Advice and English language support for incoming workers and their families, events and training

Award: £65,000

Fiddington Village Hall

Project: Village Hall improvements

Award: £69,000

Friends of Berrow Beach

Project: Equipment purchase for Berrow Beach clean-up

Award: £6,648

Friends of Minehead First School

Project: Developing the outdoor play area at Minehead First School

Award: £2,500

Friends of Steam Coast Trail

Project: Steam Coast Trail Phase 2

Award: £331,710

Greenways and Cycleroutes Limited

Project: Brean Down Way

Award: £65,000

Holford and District Village Hall Committee

Project: Fit for Future

Award: £155,000

Home-Start West Somerset

Project: Befriending support for vulnerable families, and activities and events for the community


In Charley’s Memory

Project: Outreach work for mental health support and counselling services

Award: £10,000

Kilve Cricket Club

Project: Kilve Cricket Club

Award: £22,000

Live Naturally

Project: Set up of a trampoline club and increase access to healthy eating courses

Award: £2,498

Lydeard St Lawrence Primary School PTFA

Project: Increasing capacity for breakfast and after-school clubs

Award: £5,000

Middlezoy Arts

Project: Strengthening community cohesion through arts, the environment and heritage craft

Award: £10,000

Minehead Cycling Club

Project: Establishing the Minehead Grand Prix as an annual cycling event

Award: £4,426

Minehead Eye

Project: Young Peoples Outreach SH Worker

Award: £71,150

Minehead Museum

Project: Enhancing facilities at Minehead Museum

Award: £9,056

Minehead Town Council

Project: New community buillding and changing rooms

Award: £382,047

North Petherton Playing Fields Charitable Trust

Project: North Petherton Playing Fields

Award: £46,000

North Petherton Rugby Club

Project: New community gym 

Award: £300,000


Project: Running a breast-feeding and parental support group in Cannington

Award: £5,000

Old Cleeve Community Hall

Project: Repairing Old Cleeve Community Hall to keep it a centre of community life

Award: £5,000

On Your Bike Recycle Ltd

Project: On Your Bike Bridgwater

Award: £73,000

Otterhamton Parish Council

Project: Play and recreation area enhancement

Award: £37,820

Porlock Parish Council

Project: Porlock Bay Shellfish Project

Award: £800

Salvation Army (Bridgwater)

Project: Youth Space

Award: £19,745


Project: Naturally Active

Award: £112,235

Sedgemoor District Council

Project: Victoria Ward enhancements 

Award: £51,428

Sedgemoor District Council

Project: Coronation Park enhancements

Award: £200,000

Sedgemoor District Council

Project: Sydenham Together

Award: £60,000

Sir William Godolphin Regiment at Foote

Project: Developing interest in local heritage, support for local history curriculum in schools

Award: £5,000

Somerset County Council

Project: Somerset Education Business Partnership

Award: £393,849

Somerset Wildlife Trust

Project: Somersets Brilliant Coast

Award: £159,035

Somerset Youth & Community Sailing Association

Project: Extended youth sailing opportunities

Award: £9,600


Project: Support community cohesion through sport and a focus on youth services

Award: £2,850

Spaxton Village Hall

Project: New outdoor community gym

Award: £1,907

St Francis Holiday Club

Project: Supporting disadvantaged families with summer holiday entertainment

Award: £5,000

St George’s, Wembdon

Project: Providing community outreach, events and support

Award: £35,000

Stockland Sports Club

Project: Refurbish community facilities

Award: £4,000

Stogursey and District Victory Hall Committee

Project: Victory Hall

Award: £510,000

Stogursey Football Club

Project: Removable goal posts

Award: £750

Stogursey Parish Council

Project: Burgage Road Play Area

Award: £90,373

The Monkton Players

Project: Lighting equipment for West Monkton Village Hall

Award: £2,563

The Quantock Foodbank

Project: New foodbank in Watchet and Williton

Award: £5,000

Tropiquaria Ltd

Project: Marketing Campaign

Award: £1,000

Tropiquaria Ltd

Project: Tropiquaria primate relocation and play area

Award: £77,350

Victoria Park Community Centre

Project: Digital inclusion and employment

Award: £14,524

Watchet Arts Group

Project: Watchet Industrial Heritage Mural

Award: £1,000

Watchet Bowling Club

Project: Indoor rink, gym and community hall

Award: £150,000

Watchet War Memorial Committee

Project: Pavilion enhancement

Award: £7,500

Wembdon Cricket Club

Project: Support towards ground maintenance equipment

Award: £5,000

Wembdon Village Hall

Project: Wembdon Village Hall and Playing Fields

Award: £250,000

West Somerset Advice

Project: Providing housing support and training for volunteers

Award: £108,923

West Somerset Council

Project: Enterprising Minehead

Award: £501,688

West Somerset Council

Project: Employment Hubs

Award: £57,036

Westfield United Reform Church

Project: Westfield Street Café

Award: £110,000

Westfield URC

Project: Community worker support and updating facilities

Award: £226,400

Williton Bowling Club

Project: Improvements to bowling green

Award: £13,000

Williton RBL Shooting Club

Project: Providing accesible shooting for all

Award: £23,000

Williton War Memorial Ground Charity

Project: Williton Pavilion

Award: £250,000


Project: Supporting a feasibility study for Wilstockhub

Award: £4,833


Project: Supporting low-skilled people to take advantage of Hinkley Point C employment opportunities

Award: £4,833

YMCA Somerset Coast

Project: Great Western Hotel

Award: £500,000

YMCA Somerset Coast - Beach Hotel

Project: Kitchen Theatre

Award: £12,500

Case studies

Home-Start West Somerset

One of the first groups to receive a grant from the Hinkley Point C Community Fund was Home-Start West Somerset. Based in Minehead, the group provides support services for families who are going through difficult times. Although Home-Start is a national charity, no central funding is provided, which means that the West Somerset scheme has to raise all its own funds, which is a real challenge for the team.

Clare Pound, Manager and Senior Support Co-ordinator, said: “We are absolutely thrilled with the funding from the Hinkley Point C Community Fund. It has allowed us to make excellent progress in building our Home-Start presence in the areas surrounding Hinkley Point C. The funding has meant we are now able to hold monthly Story-Start sessions, delivered in Stogursey, Stogumber, Williton, Dulverton, twice a month in Luxborough, and soon to be in Watchet.”

“We support families in their own homes and have been able to recruit a Home-Start Coordinator. We’re continuing to recruit and train home visiting volunteers – we currently have 12 and counting! We’ve established some wonderful links with the community and local schools and have delivered five paediatric First Aid training sessions for parents so far – that’s over 100 newly trained parents! We also deliver group support (called Jump-Start) for parents or carers of children with additional needs and/or a disability. We’re really pleased with how the funding has supported Home-Start in helping families and we aim to continue this beneficial development.”

Please visit their website if you would like to find out more about how you can help the group or benefit from its services.

Rusty Road 2 Recovery

Rusty Road 2 Recovery is a service for people of all ages struggling with their mental health. Based in Bridgwater, the group works with iconic British classic vehicles, restoring them to their former glory and along the way, encouraging participants to take pride in themselves and their achievements. Alongside the work to British classics, they also run art therapy sessions, which focus on communication and supporting one another. One of the group’s main aims is to provide a support network for participants.

Vince Davis, Director at Rusty Road 2 Recovery, said: “With the help and support from Somerset Community Foundation, the Hinkley Point C Community Fund grant we’ve been awarded has meant that we can deliver a better and more rewarding service to the people of Sedgemoor – with an immediate effect.”

“The money from the grant is being used to better equip our metalworking workshop, enabling us to teach new skills and trades. This will help our users gain a better, more satisfying and fulfilling life, and also help them back into work.”

Visit the Rusty Road 2 Recovery website if you would like to find out more about how you can get involved.

YMCA’s Beach Hotel Theatre Kitchen

The Beach Hotel prides itself on sourcing from and working closely with local producers. The food does the talking from a menu that reflects modern English cuisine with a French influence.

The Community Fund contributed £12,500 to the project, allowing a new Theatre Kitchen to be designed and installed for use by experience staff and new trainees from the community alike.

Together Team, Sydenham Community Hub and Coronation Park

The Together Team work in partnership with local councils, housing providers and the police to promote a strong sense of community within Sydenham and Bower. The Together Team also seek to increase local community aspirations by encouraging participation and volunteering in order to make the local area an attractive and welcoming place to live, work and enjoy.

Coronation Park and Sydenham Community Hub are two much-needed community projects that benefitted from a £60,000 Community Fund donation. These venues are designed to bring the community together and to provide activities and space for the community to use.

Wembdon Village Hall and Sports Pitches

The Wembdon Village Hall and Sport Pitches is a facility that has been built for both residents of Wembdon and the wider Bridgwater community to use.

The space provides substantial facilities for meetings and events as well as unrivalled sports facilities. It also includes parklands and walking areas for all to use. The Community Fund was able to contribute £250,000 to complete this high-profile regeneration project.

Contact us

The best way to contact us about Hinkley Point C is by completing our online enquiry form. You can also call us on 0333 009 7070 (24 hour free phone number).

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