Our Community Grants 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 their beneficiaries live in the county and are disadvantaged in one or more of 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
When awarding grants we prioritise:
- small voluntary organisations who serve people who are disadvantaged
- those operating in communities and with people who cannot afford to cover the costs themselves
The programme also supports organisations to continue to respond to the impact of the coronavirus crisis. Applications again must support people who are disadvantaged and may be for:
- adapting or setting up services set up to meet people’s needs because of the coronavirus situation
- keeping an organisation going during and after the crisis
We will consider any grant amount and we want groups to tell us what they need. This criteria is subject to review.
Which organisations are eligible for funding?
You can apply for a grant if you are:
- a constituted voluntary or community organisation
- a registered charity
- a not-for-profit company or Community Interest Company where a majority of the directors receive no payment from the company
- a branch of national organisations with a local management committee based in Wiltshire or Swindon, your own constitution, and a bank account you control.
- currently not in receipt of a Foundation Small Grant.
Your organisation must have:
- an active management committee of at least three people who are not related to each other, living at the same address or in a long-term relationship
- a bank account with two signatories who are unrelated to each other
- less than 12 months running costs in unrestricted reserves. This means in your accounts at the end of your last financial year, the amount shown as Unrestricted reserves (not including any Designated funds) must be less than your expenditure during that year.
The documents you need are:
- a constitution
- an Equal Opportunities Statement
- a Child Protection Policy or Vulnerable People Policy (over 18 years) and procedures if you are working with children or vulnerable adults
- a copy of a recent bank statement
Additional notes for CICs
If your group is a community interest company or not-for-profit company, you will need to have at least three Directors who are unrelated individuals AND the majority must be acting in an unpaid capacity i.e. not employed by or receiving payment from the company. CICs limited by shares are not eligible.
What types of projects are eligible for funding?
You can apply for a grant for:
- to continue the work your organisation already does
- to pay for a new activity which can include:
- core costs - these might include (but not only) salaries, training, equipment, insurance or premises
- projects costs - these might include (but not only) salaries, training, equipment, insurance or premises
- capital costs (buildings and equipment) max £5,000 - if the cost of the project is more than the grant, you must have already secured most of the rest you need when you apply to us
What we don’t fund:
- one-off or sponsored events
- projects which duplicate an existing service
- the advancement of religion
- medical research and equipment
- animal welfare
- party political activities