Wessex Water Community Fund

We are delighted to be working in partnership with Wessex Water and three other community foundations across the South West region to deliver the new Wessex Water Community Fund. This new fund will support community cohesion and bring communities together. Priority will be given to applications from groups working in areas of financial deprivation or rural isolation and/or working to raise awareness of drinking water for healthy living or water saving. All projects including environmental ones must address community cohesion and benefit communities in the Wessex Water catchment area.

Grants up to £1,500 are available

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 apply if you have:

  • a local management committee based in Swindon and Wiltshire
  • your own constitution
  • 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

Wessex Water Community Fund only awards grants that will benefit people who are in the Wessex Water catchment area. 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

Closed - grant decisions made in March 2020.