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

Wiltshire Community Foundation are delighted to announce this new funding programme from Science Museum Group Wroughton Solar Park.  The solar park started to generate solar power in July 2016 and has now released its first funds 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, community groups, school's, academies and colleges with 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

Closed - next round will take place in 2020

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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