Vaccine Inequalities Small Grants Fund

Grants of up to £500 are available to support work to enable more people in Somerset to access their Covid-19 vaccination

The local vaccination programme  has been a considerable success, with 90% of adults in Somerset having received both jabs. However, some people living in Somerset have been less enthusiastic about joining the queue. According to statistics from Somerset County Council, young people aged between 16 and 18 years and people from minority ethnic groups are less likely to access their vaccination. There are also geographical areas where uptake has been lower; Bridgwater, Yeovil, Taunton and Glastonbury in particular, as well at the area around Wincanton.  Also, as the process for accessing booster jabs is different from the first two jabs, there are also concerns that older and vulnerable people may struggle to access them.

This funding aims to enable local charities and community groups to enable more people in these groups to access their vaccination.*

What we will fund:

We want to fund projects that demonstrate they can have a positive impact on the numbers of people accessing their Covid-19 vaccination. This could include:

  • Community led activities that provide space and opportunities for people in identified groups to reflect on the Covid-19 pandemic, in particular the vaccine, share their stories, experiences and discuss what matters to them, and to create a response to this. These conversations should include discussion about the vaccination and aim that people are better informed. 
  • Practical support to enable people to book and travel to their vaccination if they would otherwise struggle to do so.

We may also cover the cost of staff time to attend Vaccination Myth Buster Training and other relevant professional development. See our current training opportunities here.

We welcome and actively encourage applications from under-represented groups. If you need support with your application, please let us know.

You can apply for a grant to cover capital and revenue costs, but we will only fund costs which are involved in direct delivery of a project or activity. Local groups/individuals who are not constituted can apply for a grant, subject to appropriate governance being in place.

For all applications:

Your project must meet the following criteria:

  • It must be Somerset-based.
  • Primary bidder must be a voluntary sector organisation or an individual working for the benefit of the community, not a purely commercial or statutory sector organisation.
  • It must be completed before 31st January 2022.
  • We would expect you to provide evidence of work undertaken/groups reached/numbers helped through your activity through the monitoring form supplied.
  • You must provide feedback on common barriers to accessing the vaccine amongst those you are working with.

How to apply:

Applications can be made up to 12 noon on Wednesday 1st December 2021. Please click here to start your application.

For further information or to discuss your application, please email support@sparksomerset.org.uk. 

*If you know of other people who are struggling to access their vaccinations or have concerns and questions about who you’d like to support, please get in touch to discuss whether a grant would be appropriate.