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Foundation hits £5 million target in distributing grants to the Voluntary and Community Sector

South West Foundation has been offering services to funders and the Voluntary Sector since 2002.We are delighted to announce that this year we have hit a level of £5million in grants allocated to 1,692, mainly smaller,  community sector organisations.

South West Foundation is an exempt charity,totally independent and does not receive direct funding from government or local authorities.


Cafe Conversations

CAFE CONVERSATIONS:Free networking opportunties for members of the Voluntray and Community Sector In BANES

Further dates planned for Cheese and Grain Cafe in Frome,The Community Cafe at the Albermarle Centre in Taunton, The Community Cafe in Langport and Coles Cafe in Weston Super Mare. Please contact the Foundation for more details. Booking form for Radstock and Bathford below. Or just ring us on 01761 4671104 of email


Café conversations flyer BANES.pdf
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Free networking events over lunch for the Voluntary and Community Sector members who offer services in Bath and North East Somerset. 

The first event will be at the SWALLOWS COMMUNITY CAFE in Radstock on Friday 26th February 11:30am-2:00pm.

For those who cannot make this date of would prefer to attend the event in Bathford,there is a second event at BATHFORD COMMUNITY CAFE. Bathford, on Monday 7th March 2016 12 noon-2:30pm.

BANES Booking Form.docx
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Investing in Local Communities:Foundation Services


Support for Groups

South West Foundation invests in local communties. We do this by providing support for Voluntary and Community Sector Organisations and individuals in communities who wish to be involved in community action.The Foundation offers small grants, events and training. In 2014/5, alongside our grant programmes, the Foundation trained over 300 individuals from small community groups through local seminars and workshops.Useful sample documents and material can be found on the 'GROUP' tab of this website.


Support for funders

Alongside supporting community groups, the Foundation also offers services to funders. We specialise in robust but quick turn around grant processes. Currently on small grants, our turn around time averages 7 days. As well as undertkaing grant management, we also offer funders participatory evaluation and impact assessments on grant programmes.More information can be found on the 'SERVICES' page of this website.


Support for the Sector

Since 2002 the Foundation has been undertaking research into the needs of the sector and its value. Our research has been utilised by the Third Sector Research Council and in Government reports.We aim to keep up the profile of the sector and the people involved in it through this research.Reports can be found on the 'RESEARCH' page of this website and we hope that the evidence contained in these reports may help others with their applications for funding.


South West Foundation also specilaises in Community Based Participatory Research. The Foundation has trained over 250 community members in community research and particpatory evaluation. Information on this can be found at


Grant Programmes Currently Open


Sovereign Make a Difference Fund.



An exciting new programme of small grants to support community activities and services in areas where Sovereign Housing has its properties. See the Grant page under our Groups section for more information.



Esmee Fairbairn Foundation Small Grants.



This grant scheme for small groups wishing to apply for funding up to £1,000 is currently open, see our Grants page under the Groups section for more information. 


Contact Details: email:


Address: Manor Farm ,Skinners Hill, Camerton, Bath.BA20Dx

South West Foundation is registered under The Industrial and Provident Services Act, 1965 as a Charitable Society. Registration number 29124R


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