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. 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.

Foundation Grant Round for July - we are focusing this round of Foundation Grants on alleviating needs arising from the coronavirus pandemic. Organisations can apply either for a grant:

  • to meet the needs of disadvantaged people which are due to the coronavirus pandemic
  • to help their organisation’s sustainability if they have lost income or otherwise weakened their financial position due to the pandemic

What We Fund

We fund local and regional organisations where the majority of people benefiting from the grant live in Swindon or Wiltshire.

Branches of national organisations can only apply if you have a local management committee based in Swindon and Wiltshire, your own constitution, and a bank account you control.

The following can apply:

  • a constituted voluntary or community organisation
  • a registered charity
  • a not-for-profit company or Community Interest Company where a majority of the directors receive no payment from the company

Your organisation must have:

  • an active management committee of at least 3 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

Your organisation must have less than 12 months running costs in unrestricted reserves. This means:

  • In the 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

Eligible Types of Project

We only fund work that will mainly benefit people who live in Swindon or Wiltshire. We focus our grants on activities for communities and people who cannot afford to cover the costs themselves. You can apply for a grant:

  • to continue the work your organisation already does
  • to pay for a new activity

Your application can be for any reasonable costs related to the activity. This means you can apply for:

  • 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 6 months of when it is awarded

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 for July 2020 grant round - 22 May 2020.

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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