Frequently Asked Questions - Apply
You can apply for funding for up to 3 years, however our programme are always oversubscribed and multiple year grants are unusual.
Yes, provided the branch has its own locally based management committee, constitution and bank account.
We cannot accept applications from any local authority institutions, including schools or Academies. We will consider applications from Parent Teacher Associations, but only for projects which we do not consider to overlap with the local authority's statutory responsibilities and are for the benefit of the wider community.
Yes, provided that the project for which funding is requested does not involve the advancement of religion and would not exclude anyone on the grounds of religion. We will consider this carefully when assessing your application.
No, as long as you are a constituted not-for-profit group with charitable aims, you can apply. By having charitable aims, we mean broadly that your group aims to benefit the community which you are working in or with, and that you have a set of rules governing the organisation.
The person named on the application form will be telephoned or visited for more information. In some cases, the assessor will ask you to send us additional information. References will also be taken up.
We look at the income in the last full set of accounts or, if it is a new group, in their projection for the current year.
For Small Grants, up to 4 weeks. For Main Grants, up to 6 months.
Yes, if your application was eligible, but was unsuccessful, you can reapply at any time. You can apply for the same project, but please consider any feedback we gave you about why your original application was unsuccessful.
When you accept our grant offer and return our signed terms and conditions we will transfer the payment to your bank account or post you a cheque. However, in a few cases, we ask you to satisfy certain special conditions before the grant is paid.
Send us a letter stating why there has been an underspend, how much remains unspent and what, if anything, you propose to do with the remaining money. We will contact you to discuss whether or not we require the unspent money to be repaid.
Just call us on 01380 729284 and let us know.
You will need to return the money to us. Contact us to discuss this.
Yes. We will send you a link to a Monitoring Report at the end of your grant. You must complete this, but we are also happy to receive any other reports, evaluation or photographs from your project. Please contact us if you experience any problems with the link
To make sure that the application is eligible for funding. We don’t want you to waste your time. If you are eligible we will send you an application form. People wishing to apply for grants for individuals should call us first to find out if you are eligible.
- groups that have more than 12 months running costs in unrestricted reserves.
- projects operating outside the county of Wiltshire / Borough of Swindon.
- organisations delivering services in Wiltshire or Swindon, who do not have a local governance structure (management committee or Board of Trustees) for the project
- projects which are unable to start within 6 months of the grant being awarded
- applications where only a minority of the beneficiaries would be considered to be disadvantaged.
- one off events / sponsored events
- general large appeals
- the advancement of religion
- medical research and equipment
- animal welfare
- party political activities
- substitution of funding that should be provided by the statutory sector
- running costs for Community Area Partnerships
What we might fund
- continuation funding
- major capital building projects will only be supported where a grant from the Community Foundation will make a real difference, for example putting in the disabled access
We ask all groups who receive a grant from us to acknowledge our support and use our logo where possible. Please contact us for further information about this.
If you feel that you have received unsatisfactory service in your dealings with the Community Foundation then please read our Complaints Procedure. This complaints procedure is not an appeals system against properly reached grant-making decisions. Inevitably some groups are disappointed because we have had to reject their application for funding. Please do not complain about that.