Grants to Groups

for local registered and unregistered charities, community groups and voluntary sector organisations

For information or advice on how to apply please contact Jane Butler, Grants Manager, on 01380 729284 or by email.

Wiltshire Community Foundation offers a range of different grant funds for community groups and charities in Wiltshire and Swindon where the majority of their beneficiaries are disadvanteaged in the following ways:

ECONOMICALLY – e.g. facing financial difficulties
SOCIALLY – e.g. not able to participate in normal activities without support
GEOGRAPHICALLY – e.g. living in an isolated or disadvantaged community with limited access to services
PHYSICALLY – e.g. having additional needs, a disability or mental health issues

The Foundation particularly awards grants to projects taking place in communities with limited financial capacity and benefitting people who cannot afford to cover the costs themselves

Funds Available

Science Museum Group Wroughton Solar Park Fund

#iwill Youth Social Action Fund

Community Foundation Main Grant

Community Foundation Small Grant

Office of Police and Crime Commissioner Grants & High Sheriff Awards

Haydon Wick Fund

The Science Museum Group Wroughton Solar Park Fund

Wiltshire Community Foundation are delighted to announce new funding for the community from Science Museum Group Wroughton Solar Park.  The solar park started to generate solar power in July last year and has now released its first funds to benefit the community in the surrounding area.  A £55k funding pot is available for the first grants round in October 2017.

Small Grants

Applications are now open for community groups to apply for small grants funding of up to £2k for community organisations, working to improve the lives of people living in the parish areas of Wroughton, Chiseldon, Clyffe Pypard, Broad Town, Broad Hinton, Ogbourne St George, Ogbourne St Andrew,  Aldbourne and Baydon.

Expressions of Interest close on 19th October 2017

Large Grants

In addition applications are also open for two grants of up to £20k for any community organisation for projects that have a focus on science, technology, engineering, maths, environment, health, play.  Example might be the use of renewable energy, ecology or habitat conservation.  Projects can be for the creation of a physical asset or for the encouragement of learning i.e. for delivering a specific benefit to the area or providing education about a particular issue.  Grants can be for capital or revenue costs.  The project must deliver benefit to communities within a 10km radius of Wroughton Solar Park.

Expressions of Interest close on 19th October 2017

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The #iwill Fund (Youth Social Action Fund)

Currently, 4 in 10 young people regularly engage in social action – such as campaigning, fundraising, and volunteering.  The #iwill campaign has been launched to increase this to at least 6 in 10 10-20 year olds taking part, by the year 2020. 

The Youth Social Action Fund is part of the #iwill campaign and offers grants to groups working with young people between the ages of 10 and 20 years old (or 25 for young people with disabilities) in Wiltshire and Swindon.

Grants of up to £5,000 are available to fund social action opportunities for young people. The fund is not to cover general youth club provision nor to fund general activities for young people.  The fund is to cover specific activities for young people aimed at developing their skills and confidence as volunteers in their community.

Apply now - Expressions of interest close on 5th October 2017

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The Foundation Main Grant

The Foundation Grants Programme will support projects which will make a sustained impact in the lives of disadvantaged people in Wiltshire and Swindon. Applicants must demonstrate that the majority of people benefitting from the grant experience disadvantage either economically, socially, geographically or physically. Groups of any size may apply to this programme.

  • You can apply for up to £5,000 per year, and three year funding is available (total £15k).
  • If you choose to apply to, or currently hold, a Small Grant you will be unable to apply for a Foundation Grant.

Apply now - Expressions of interest close on 24th August 2017. Closing dates for the full application will be advised if you meet the criteria to apply.  

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The Foundation Small Grant

Grants for organisations with an income of less than £50,000.  The Foundation Small Grants Programme will support projects which will make a sustained impact in the lives of disadvantaged people in Wiltshire and Swindon. Applicants must demonstrate that the majority of people benefitting from the grant experience disadvantage either economically, socially, geographically or physically. 

  • You can apply for up to £2,000 per year and you can apply for two years at a time (total £4k).
  • You can chose to apply instead to the Foundation Main Grant but you cannot apply to both programmes.

Apply now - Expressions of interest close on 27th July 2017.  Closing dates for the full application will be advised if you meet the criteria to apply.

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The Office of Police & Crime Commissioner Grants & High Sheriff Awards

These funds are particularly keen to support projects which seek to bring communities together to tackle local issues improving trust and understanding, and welcomes projects which offer a new or innovative approach.  We would expect that applications would focus on one or more of the following areas.

  • Anti-social behaviour
  • Crime in local neighbourhoods
  • Drug and alcohol related crime
  • Reducing re-offending
  • Violence against women and girls
  • Youth crime
  • Raise awareness and combat cyber-crime against older people

Funding is available for one year only, and the maximum grant will be £3,000.  

Expressions of interest close on 10th August 2017

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Haydon Wick Fund

The Haydon Wick Fund has been set up to support Charities and Voluntary organisations that are based in, or whose work substantially benefits, the people of Haydon Wick and immediate area.  These grants are awarded in November each year.

Expressions of interest close on 12th October 2017

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