ARE you passionate about Somerset, with good local knowledge of Bridgwater and the wider Sedgemoor area?

Then you might be able to help, as the Somerset Community Foundation (SCF) is looking for an enthusiastic individual to become one of three independent members serving in a voluntary capacity on the Hinkley Point C (HPC) Community Fund Awards Panel.

The HPC Community Fund - managed by Somerset Community Foundation - has an annual budget of over £1m and is for those seeking support for projects and initiatives that will help to mitigate the impacts and increase the opportunities of the Hinkley Point C project in their community.

Justin Sargent, CEO of Somerset Community Foundation, said: “We’d be really interested to hear from anyone who knows Somerset well - particularly Bridgwater and the wider Sedgemoor area - and who can think and act both strategically and independently.

"This is a terrific opportunity for anyone who is committed to local communities and achieving positive and lasting change.

“The successful candidate does not need experience of serving on a grants committee, as Somerset Community Foundation will provide training and guidance.”

The third independent member of the panel will join SCF Trustees and representatives from EDF and local councils, helping to make decisions on applications to the fund, and should be able to commit for at least three years.

Projects applying to the Hinkley Point C Community Fund must be designed to remove or reduce the impacts and improve the social, economic and environmental wellbeing in communities affected by the construction of the new nuclear power plant.

To find out more about this exciting voluntary role, visit or apply by sending your CV and a covering letter to or by post to: Somerset Community Foundation, Yeoman House, Bath and West Showground, Shepton Mallet, BA4 6QN.

The deadline for applications is Friday, December 7 at 5pm.

If you run a local community project and would like to find out more about grant funding in general, call the Somerset Community Foundation on 01749 344949 or visit