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Community Grants


Wiltshire Community Foundation offers a range of different grant funds for community groups and charities in Wiltshire and Swindon. The Foundation particularly awards grants to projects taking place in communities with limited financial capacity and benefiting people who cannot afford to cover the costs themselves.

If you have any questions about the criteria please email the grants team at or call us on 01380 729284 and we'd be happy to help.

Eligibility for Groups - who can apply

Registered or non-registered charities and community groups operating within Swindon and/or Wiltshire who have the following:

  • a bank account with at least two unrelated signatories
  • an independent management group based in Swindon or Wiltshire
  • a constitution
  • less than 12 months running costs in unrestricted reserves
  • an Equal Opportunities Statement
  • if relevant, a Child Protection Policy (under 18 years) or Vulnerable People Policy (over 18 years) and procedures

Social enterprises (including Community Interest Companies) provided they:

  • have a social purpose and are owned and run by their communities
  • are limited by guarantee
  • have at least three unconnected Directors, the majority of whom are not paid
  • have an asset lock clause that ensures funds and assets are transferred to a body with charitable objects on closure of the CIC
  • have a system to ensure decisions on Directors’ remuneration are not taken by those Directors receiving remuneration

Eligibility for Groups - what we fund 

Each individual grant programme has its own core aims and objectives which may include specific criteria on the activities they fund. The Foundation will fund:  

  • New projects
  • Continuation of existing provision
  • Training and other development activities that strengthen groups
  • Salaries
  • Core costs and overheads
  • Up to £5000 towards capital projects (buildings and equipment), provided most of any remaining costs have already been secured

What we won’t fund

  • Groups with more than 12 months running costs in unrestricted reserves
  • Groups without an independent management group based in Swindon or Wiltshire
  • Statutory organisations including schools, academies, area boards, town/parish councils and NHS Trusts *unless you are apply for  Wroughton Solar Park Fund Large Grant
  • Projects taking place outside Swindon or Wiltshire
  • Projects due to start more than 6 months after the grant is awarded
  • One-off or sponsored events *unless you are apply for the #iwill Fund  or The Tampon Tax Community Fund
  • General large fund raising appeals
  • Capital projects costing more than £5000 unless most of the cost is already secured or you are applying for Wroughton Solar Park Fund Large Grant
  • Projects which duplicate an existing service
  • The advancement of religion
  • Medical research and equipment
  • Animal welfare
  • Party political activities

If you think you meet these criteria please visit our Grants for Groups page where you will see a full list of grant programmes currently avaliable.