Wessex Water Community Fund

We are very pleased to be working together with Wessex Water through the Wessex Water Community Fund.

The fund is offering financial support to grassroots groups that bring people together across their region.

Wessex Water Community Fund

Fund Criteria

Grants of up to £1,500 are available to organisations that build cohesion in communities, with priority given to smaller groups that work in areas of financial deprivation or rural isolation and/or work to raise awareness of drinking water for healthy living or saving water.

All projects including environmental ones must address community cohesion.

Existing services and new services are both eligible for funding. For existing projects with a proven track record, consideration will only be given to requests that extend the activity beyond its existing boundaries in terms of its scope, number of beneficiaries and/or time frame.

Groups can apply for Core costs or Service/Project costs through this programme, according to your needs. Requests for a contribution towards large capital appeals are a low priority for funding.

Which applicant can apply?

Wessex Water Community Fund Grants are targeted at organisations with charitable aims where a small amount of money can make a significant difference. Applicants must be within the county of Dorset.

There are no limits to the size of organisation which may apply for a Wessex Water Community Fund grant. However, if an applicant organisation has more than 12 months of its annual expenditure in unrestricted reserves then its application will be considered a lower priority for funding. If the applicant’s organisation is holding significant financial reserves the applicant will need to make it clear why these reserves cannot be used to cover the cost of the activity.

Organisations that have previously been awarded funds through Wessex Water Community Fund may apply for additional funding to extend a proven project.

This fund will not support:

  • Individuals
  • General appeals
  • The direct replacement of statutory funding
  • Political groups or activities promoting political beliefs
  • Promotion of religion
  • Animal welfare
  • Arts projects with no community or charitable element
  • Sports projects with no community or charitable element
  • Medical research, equipment or treatment
  • Projects that take place before an application can be processed
  • Activities that raise funds for other organisations

Organisations that can apply:

  • Registered Charities
  • Constituted Community and Voluntary Organisations
  • Community Interest Companies
  • Social Enterprises
  • Charitable Incorporated Organisations

To be eligible the organisation must provide the following:

  • A constitution/governing document/set of rules that sets out the purpose of the applicant’s organisation and how it is managed.
  • The contact details of at least 3 independent and unrelated members of the applicant’s management committee/board of trustees/board of directors.
  • Evidence of a bank account in the name of the organisation. The bank account must have at least 2 independent and unrelated signatories. Alternatively, if the applicant belongs to a small organisation that does not have a bank account another charitable organisation can look after the funds for the applicant, but the applicant must provide written authorisation from the organisation that will do this.
  • A copy of the applicant’s most recent annual accounts or financial records that show the applicant’s balance of funds, income and expenditure. If the applicant does not have financial records that cover a full year, then the applicant will need to provide the records the applicant currently has.
  • A safeguarding policy if the applicant works directly with children or vulnerable adults.

We will prioritise small, grassroots charities and community organisations over larger local organisations that have a higher profile. We do not support national charities, although we can support local branches of national charities if they are financially independent and locally managed.

When and How to Apply?

The fund is now closed for applicants. Latest applicants can expect to hear back at the end of March 2020.

In order for us to follow our decision-making process, the information given in your application will be shared with our independent panel members and/or donors as appropriate. Panel members are subject to a confidentiality agreement. Please see our Privacy Policy for more information on data sharing and storage.

If you are unsure about any of the above criteria or have any other queries, please contact our Grants Manager Ellie Maguire on 01202 670815 or at grants@dorsetcf.org.

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