What we do

We work across Wiltshire and Swindon to connect people who care with causes that matter, giving money and support where it is needed most

What is Wiltshire Community Foundation?

Wiltshire Community Foundation is an independent charity. We exist to tackle disadvantage and strengthen local communities by inspiring philanthropy and supporting the voluntary sector.

Our mission is to maximise the impact of charitable activity by connecting people, information and resources.

Over the next five years, we will continue to develop our understanding of local needs and invest £10million to help people and communities thrive across Wiltshire and Swindon.

Inspiring philanthropy

We provide a simplified approach to effective charitable giving, helping people who are passionate about supporting their local community give where it is most needed and where it will make the most impact.  

As one of the UK’s leading, accredited community foundations, we have the expertise and local knowledge to help individuals, families, businesses and charitable trusts invest in their communities and in causes that are important to them.

We manage over 150 funds on behalf of our donors and since 1975, thanks to their generosity, we have awarded over £22 million in grants to individuals, charities and community groups across the county.

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Thriving communities

We are the largest grant-giving organisation in Wiltshire and Swindon. Each year we award around £2million through hundreds of grants to enable more local people to thrive. 

Our grants to grassroots voluntary and community groups ensure funding is targeted where it is needed most, tackling the most pressing local issues and building stronger communities. Through our individual grants programme we give grants to young people to help improve their development, education and future employment.

We also provide a range of events, training workshops and advice sessions for the voluntary and community sector helping to build skills, capacity, knowledge and networks. 

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Community leadership and partnerships

Our community leadership and partnership activities are also core strands of our work. We strive to use our insight, community knowledge and connections to challenge preconceptions and shape conversations which in turn help to develop new opportunities.

Our strategic engagement, along with insight gained from our grant-making and the networks we facilitate means we are helping to inform local policy and decision-making and increasing sector connections.

Along with our needs analysis, we use the insights gained from these activities to inform our grant programmes and philanthropy.

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