In 2019/20 we awarded almost £1.28m through 548 grants, supporting 45,000 people across Wiltshire and Swindon. This is the largest amount awarded in a single year in our 45 year history. 

This was only possible because of the amazing generosity of our donors and the hard work and dedication of the charity and voluntary groups who run the services and projects we fund. We want to thank them for sharing our passion for supporting our local communities and helping more people to thrive.

This page provides an overview of the impact of our work in 2019/20 and more information is available in our Annual Review below.

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Supporting communities

Almost £900,000 was awarded across 155 grants to 116 different charity and voluntary groups for projects to improve the lives of disadvantaged people across Wiltshire and Swindon. 

Spread across the county, the projects supported over 40,000 people and tackled a wide range of issues including homelessness, poverty, isolation, mental health, domestic violence, health and well-being and youth aspiration.

People benefitted from projects to support and improve physical and mental health. well-being and safety
People benefitted from projects to reduce isolation and disadvantage
People benefitted from projects to strengthen communities as well as increase engagement with community activities, the arts and the environment
Case Study

Big Breakfast

Big Breakfast Plus has been supporting and serving local homeless people since 1993. They provide free cooked breakfasts 7 days a week, serving over 7,000 breakfasts a year, a number that is rapidly growing.

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Empowering individuals

In 2019/20 we awarded almost £305,000 in individual grants to support children and young people's education. The majority was given in university bursaries to 55 young people, many from challenging backgrounds, helping to alleviate their financial concerns and allowing them to focus on their studies.

Our smaller education programmes enabled 43 young people from low income families to pursue vocational studies and 27 children and young people, who have a disability or additional learning need, to improve their educational opportunities or enhance their development.

We also helped 382 elderly and vulnerable people to keep warm and safe through our Surviving Winter programme. These grants help those on low incomes or living in fuel poverty with the cost of heating their homes during the winter months - something they would not be able to afford without support.

Awarded through our grants programmes to individuals
Children and young people received support through our Education Grants programmes
People were supported by a Surviving Winter Grant
Case Study

Denis' story

"Growing up in a one-parent family naturally meant that resources were limited, and my father couldn't bankroll me through my student years. The grant from Wiltshire Community Foundation enabled me to focus on my studies, hone my skills and become as well-rounded as I could be."

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Increasing our impact

One of our key objectives is to increase our impact analysis to better understand the needs of local communities and maximize our effectiveness. In 2019/20 we worked towards this by mapping the grants we awarded against the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

SDGs are the the blueprint for a better and more sustainable future for all by 2030. Committed to by all member states of the UN, they address global issues such as ending poverty and hunger, improving health and increasing standards of education. They might be global but are equally relevant to the challenges we face in Wiltshire and Swindon.

In 2019/20, our grants contributed to 13 of the 17 SDGs, having the most significant impact on the six illustrated in the panel on the right.