Community Foundation Main Grant

The Community Foundation Main Grant Programme supports projects which will make a sustained impact in the lives of disadvantaged people in Wiltshire and Swindon. The Foundation particularly awards grants to projects taking place in communities with limited financial capacity and benefitting people who cannot afford to cover the costs themselves. For this grant programme applicants must demonstrate that majority of their beneficiaries 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

Grants up to £5,000 per year, and three year funding is available (total £15,000) *If you choose to apply to, or currently hold, a Small Grant you will be unable to apply for a Foundation Grant.

Criteria - groups of any size may apply to this programme and grants can support new projects, continuation of existing provision, training and other development activities that strengthen groups, core costs, overheads and salaries. A maximum of £5000 can be used towards capital projects (buildings and equipment), provided you already secured most of any remaining costs of your capital project.

We only fund work where the majority of people who benefit live in Swindon or Wiltshire.  

Who can apply - registered or non-registered charities and community groups who are based in Swindon or Wiltshire. This means:

  • The group's main address must be in Swindon or Wiltshire and most of their trustees must live in Swindon or Wiltshire
  • Local branches of national or regional charities can apply if they have a management committee of people who live in Swindon and Wiltshire, their own constitution and a bank account which they control

As part of the application you will need to provide evidence that you have the following:

  • a bank account with at least two unrelated signatories
  • an independent management group of at least 3 individuals 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) can apply providing 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

Click here to see: What we don't fund

If you would like to apply for a Community Foundation Main Grant, click here to: Request an application pack

Grant decisions are made every 3 months. Deadline to request an application pack for January 2020 grant round - 21 November 2019 

Download the guidance notes for applications here: Community Foundation Main Grant

If you have any queries please contact us on 01380 729284 or email

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