A total of 11 projects across North Somerset have been selected to receive a share of £163,000 funding.

They were picked out from over 40 applications, with the money coming from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

These grants will support a diverse range of community-based initiatives, covering arts, cultural heritage, social action, capacity building, community engagement and regeneration.

These selected projects will follow on from the highly successful first round of community grants.

Their outcomes are set to make a tangible difference to communities across North Somerset, strengthening local cohesion and contributing to the area's prosperity.

One of the selected projects is being led by RENS, which is conducting a feasibility study into transforming the council’s disused Roselawn building into a community asset base.

SuperCulture was also successful in their application and will use their grant to deliver a mixed programme of curated events and cultural engagement activities, all created in conjunction with local residents.

Yatton & Congresbury Wildlife Action Group are going to be conducting nature conservation sessions for local young people and their parents.

Congar’s Café will use the funding for a feasibility study to redesign their premises, allowing them to accommodate more people and host a greater range of community wellbeing activities.

Other projects that will receive funding include Refugees Welcome North Somerset, Somerset Storyfest, Portishead Youth Centre, Pill Community Foundation, Walnut Grove Wellbeing CIC, Backwell Playhouse and Locking Parish Council.

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Speaking about the funding, councillor Mark Canniford, North Somerset Council’s executive member for spatial planning, placemaking and economy, said: “North Somerset is a wonderfully diverse area, which is reflected in the wide range of activities and projects we’re able to fund across the region thanks to the UKSPF.

"It’s fantastic to see initiatives such as Refugees Welcome North Somerset and Power to Pill continue following the success of their original projects, whilst also supporting lots of new ideas."

He added: “We look forward to keeping you up to date with project progress so you can make the most of funded opportunities.”

For those interested in finding more about the UKSPF programme in North Somerset and the activities it supports, further information is available on the In North Somerset website.