Science Museum Group Wroughton Solar Park Community Benefit Fund Large Grant

The Science Museum Group Wroughton Solar Park Large Grants support projects that focus on science, technology, engineering, maths, environment, health or play such as renewable energy, ecology or habitat conservation. 

Grants can be used to create a physical asset or to encourage learning about an issue. The project must benefit communities within a 10km radius of Wroughton Solar Park.

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 school, academy or college
  • 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.


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

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) - grants for capital costs are one-off only (i.e. not multi-year) and 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

You must plan to start spending the grant within six months of when it was awarded.


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

Download programme guidelines

Currently closed for applications


If you have any queries please contact us on 01380 738985 or email info@wiltshirecf.org.uk