Mary's Beat

Grants of up to £1,000 are available to individuals with physical and/or learning disabilities, resident in Somerset or Devon, to enable them to participate in an activity which, without the grant, would not have been available to them.  Eligible activities include music therapy, one-off concerts and outdoor activities that will build self confidence, encourage participation and inspire hope for the future. 

Some examples of possible activities are:

  • Attending a sporting event, a concert or an outdoor activity
  • Sessions of music, art, hydro or rebound and other sensory therapies
  • Horse riding
  • A financial contribution towards a piece of equipment to enable you to take part in a music event or an outdoor activity, eg a seating system or a switch or a support to sit in a boat
  • Extra transport costs
  • Extra costs for another carer to provide support at an event
  • A financial contribution towards an activity holiday
  • Financial support to cover costs to attend a special family or social gathering.

We also welcome any other ideas that will make it possible to meet your specific needs to take part in an outside or musical activity. 


Last updated on 22 January 2020

Who is eligible?

Individuals of any age can apply but must:

  • Be a resident of Somerset or Devon 
  • Have a physical and/or learning disability
  • Be able to provide the contact details of a referee (usually a teacher, social worker, health professional, youth leader, local councillor or employer who can support the application).

How to apply?

If you meet the criteria above then you, your carer or a professional who works with you can apply by completing a paper application form.  

For more information including how to obtain the application form, please visit the Mary's Beat section of the Somerset Community Foundation website.

Applications to Mary's Beat will be considered once each year in March. Grant applications take four-six weeks to process from the application deadline date. We reply to all enquiries, whether or not we can help you.

If you would like to find out more about your eligibility to apply, or for further advice, please contact Somerset Community Foundation on 01749 344949 or email

Contact details

Somerset Community Foundation
Yeoman House, The Royal Bath & West Showground
Shepton Mallet

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