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

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 28th April 2017

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 23rd February 2017. Closing dates for the full application will be advised if you meet the criteria to apply.  

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 24th March 2017.  Closing dates for the full application will be advised if you meet the criteria to apply.

High Sheriff's Award

Wiltshire & Swindon High Sheriff's award encourages community groups and organisations to develop projects which engage young people and support the local community to acheive at least one of three main objectives:

  • Anti-crime
  • Anti-bullying
  • Combating anti-social behaviour

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

Apply nowExpressions of interest close on 15th February 2017.  Closing dates will be advised with application. 

Comic Relief Local Communities Grants

Comic Relief Community Grants support work where there is clear evidence of a sustained beneficial impact on people’s lives who are excluded or disadvantaged through low income, rural or social isolation, age, disabilities, race, sexuality or gender. Priority is to be given to small, locally based groups or organisations in areas of disadvantage that have a clear understanding of the needs of their community and are undertaking actions as a means of addressing these needs. 

Grants can be awarded from £1,000 to £10,000, but most grants will be around £1,000 to £2,000

The grant must cover at least 30% of the overall cost of the project. You are therefore advised to apply for projects that will cost no more than £6500 in total.  

This programme is currently closed.        

The Office of Police & Crime Commissioner Grant

The Fund is 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.  

This programme is currently closed.

Haydon Wick Grant

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.