Science Museum Group Wroughton Solar Park Community Benefit Fund Large Grant

The Science Museum Group Wroughton Solar Park Large Grants supports charitable and community activities that focus on science, technology, engineering, maths and the environment such as renewable energy, ecology or habitat conservation.

Grants of up to £20,000 are available for projects that benefit communities within a 10km radius of Wroughton Solar Park.

Projects must:

  • Have a focus on the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, maths) and/or the environment
  • Create a physical asset, address an issue and/or encourage learning or engagement

Priorities for the fund are projects or activities that help groups or communities to:

  • Reduce carbon emissions/footprint
  • Reduce waste
  • Create sustainable/renewable energy solutions
  • Improve learning and engagement in STEM subjects and/or environment
  • Take positive action for the environment locally

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
    • a copy of a recent bank statement
    • financial records or accounts
    • a Safeguarding Policy and an Equal Opportunities Policy If you do not have these we will discuss this with you when you apply. Further guidance is available here.

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.

Please note: Your project must  meet at least one of the priorities listed in the introductory text above and:

  • Have a focus on the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, maths) and/or the environment
  • Create a physical asset, address an issue and/or encourage learning or engagement

Examples incude:

  • Installing renewable energy equipment such as solar panels
  • Reducing water use e.g. installing rain water harvesting system
  • Creating or conserving a local habitat for nature
  • Planting trees or wildflowers to increase biodiversity
  • Trialling or implementing new approaches to learning and development in STEM and/or environment
  • Making STEM and/or environment learning open to new audiences e.g. groups that are currently underrepresented in study or employment in these areas
  • Using new or innovative technology solutions to tackle a local issue
  • Research, feasibility studies or pilot projects

You must plan to start spending the grant within six months of when it was awarded and have 18 months to deliver the project.

What we don’t fund:

  • parish councils
  • 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

This programme is now closed for applications


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