The Somerset Community Foundation is accepting applications for its Eagle House Small Grants Program to improve the wellbeing and independence of young people by supporting their education, talent, professional development, employment, or enterprise.
Eagle House was designed and built in 1740 by the architect for Georgian Bath, John Wood the Younger.
A family home until 1942, the house then provided housing and education for local young people from disadvantaged backgrounds until it was sold in 1982 by Somerset County Council.
The Eagle House Trust was established with the proceeds of the sale and has been managed by Somerset Community Foundation since 2011.
Today the Trust offers financial assistance to children and young people in Somerset and historic Avon (i.e. Bath and North East Somerset, North Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire) who have been looked after in foster/residential care or have received considerable support from Children’s Social Care at some point in their lives.
- The Eagle House small grants scheme offers grants of up to £500.
- You could apply for a training course that will help you pursue your career, for a bike to get you to and from college, for an educational trip or activity, as well as other activities.
- Please note that you can apply for up to £250 for a bicycle.
- The maximum grant for a laptop is £300.
- Applications for driving lessons can only be considered if driving is an integral part of the intended employment, ie: mobile hairdressing, community nurse, lorry driving, tractor driving etc and evidence of a job or apprenticeship offer can be provided.
You must be:
- aged 18 to 24 (at the time of applying) and have been looked after or have received considerable support from Children’s Social Care from the areas listed above;
- able to provide the contact details of a referee (usually a social worker and;
- not be under the care of a different local authority.
For more information, visit https://www.somersetcf.org.uk/apply-for-a-grant/grants-programmes/eagle-house-grant-guidelines