Science Museum Group Wroughton Solar Park Community Benefit Fund - Large Grant

Wiltshire Community Foundation are delighted to announce funding from Science Museum Group Wroughton Solar Park which will be providing grants to benefit the community in the surrounding area.  

Large grants are up to £20,000 for 1 year and can be used for capital or revenue costs.

Criteria - schools, academies and colleges can apply as well as registed and non-registered charities and community groups. Projects must have a focus on science, technology, engineering, maths, environment, health or play.  Examples include renewable energy, ecology or habitat conservation.  Grants can be used to create a physical asset or to encourage learning about an issue.The project must benefit communities within a 10km radius of Wroughton Solar Park.

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

Open - grant decisions will be made in February 2020.

If you would like to apply for a Science Museum Group Wroughton Solar Park Community Benefit Fund Large Grant click here to: Request an application pack

Download the guidance notes for applications here: Science Museum Group Wroughton Solar Park Community Benefit Fund 

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

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