PEOPLE across Somerset are being urged to support projects in their community so they can get up to £5,000 of funding.

Rural home energy provider, Calor, is inviting people to get involved in voting for the Calor Rural Community Fund, which helps rural communities throughout England, Scotland and Wales gain funding for projects at the heart of their community.

The rural community fund offers prize pots of £1,000, £2,500 and £5,000 for projects that will improve local life.

With 21 grants totalling up to £70,000 up for grabs, this year’s fund includes applications from 322 different projects from across the UK.

Last year’s fund saw three winners from Somerset, with communities in Spaxton, Buckland Dinham and Chard all being successful in receiving sizeable grants.

A spokesman for Calor, said: “Applications are now closed, but approved projects are now relying on your votes.

“The projects with the most votes from each funding category will become finalists and be reviewed by a panel of independent judges to decide which entries are to be awarded the funding.

“Anyone who lives in the UK and registers on the Calor Rural Community Fund website can vote - and it’s really easy to show your support.

“You can simply cast your votes from the comfort of your own home with just a phone, tablet or computer.

“You could vote for a project that’s local to your area, or even one further afield that you believe is most deserving.

“You’ll get 10 votes, which you can use at any time during the voting phase of the competition.

“Spread them around or use them all to support one project – it’s your choice.”

Bosses from Calor will be judging the entries along with judges from a number of organisations including Business in the Community, Mind, Crowdfunder, Plunkett and Rural England.

The winners will be announced on Thursday, July 18.

Paul Blacklock, head of corporate affairs for Calor, said: “As a company with off-grid communities at the heart of everything we do, it’s extremely important that we champion rural projects and the people and places behind them.

“Over the past two years, we’ve seen the Calor Rural Community Fund have an amazing impact on local communities throughout the UK, and we want this to grow year on year.”

Calor has also teamed up with Crowdfunder and is pledging £2,000 worth of match funding to approved entries that use the fund-raising platform to raise donations for their community project.

For more information about the fund or to register to vote for community projects visit calor.co.uk/communityfund or or call 0800 121 7827.