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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 events over for members of the Voluntary and Community Sector over  lunch. Next Events:


Creech St Michael at the Village Hall:  Tuesday, 5th July:  10:30am to 3pm:  In partnership with George:  Opportunity to meet with the Lottery and Trust House Charitable Foundation.  Hear the latest from the Communities Can.  Give us your views on your organisation's development and support needs. 


Stoke St Gregory Village Hall:  Friday 15th July:  12noon to 2pm:  In partnership with Somerset Mental Health Hub.  Does your organisation work with people with mental health issues?  This session will highlight the work done by voluntary sector organisations in this field.  


Swindon :Olive Tree Cafe Yeovil: Tuesday 12th April:12 noon to 2:30pm: In partnerhsip with VAS.


Yeovil at the Yeovil Gateway Centre: Thursday 14th April :12:pm-2:00pm. In partnerhisp with SSVCA


Bath event at at Johns' Hospital Bubble Venue in the Centre of Bath: Thurday 19th May:12 noon to 2:00pm. 


To Book please complete the booking form below or just give the Foundation a ring on 01761 471104



Café conversations flyer BANES.pdf
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Cafe Conversations is a programme  of informal events based within a cafe environment. Members of the Voluntray and Community Sector come together in an informal setting to network, learn from each other and discuss current issues relating to the sector. South West Foundation help to facilitate and record elements of the conversations.So far we have held 5 events.  We held the first two in February 2016, one in Radstock at the SWALLOW Cafe and another at the Albemarle Centre in Taunton with lunch produced by the members of the Albemarle. Both events were received very well, with new contacts being made, issues within the sector being raised and plans for the future being formulated. In April, the two events were in the Olive Tree Cafe, Swindon and Yeovil Community Church, both well attended with representatives from a wide range of organisations. The most recent session was held at the Bubble in Bath at St Johns Hospital in May, a lovely venue right in the centre of the world heritage city of Bath. There was no agenda for these events. The events are to help the sector to network and skill share and raise issues in an enjoyable environment. Feedback received to date has been most favourable. 

Cafe Conversation booking form[...]
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Stoke St Gregory 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 specialises in Community Based Participatory Research. The Foundation has trained over 250 community members in community research and participatory evaluation. Information on this can be found at


Grant Programmes Currently Open



Esmee Fairbairn Foundation Small Grants.



This grant scheme is aimed  at small charitable community groups supporting people most in need,operating in the rural areas, market and small coastal towns of the South West Region. Please see our Grants Plus Page for more information. 


Contact Details: email:

Telephone: 01761 471104

Address: Manor Farm, Skinners Hill, Camerton, Bath, BA2 0PJ

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


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