For Funders


The Foundation offers services for funders and Housing Associations which enable you to make a real difference for small community groups. 

For Groups


The Foundation has excellent links with small groups in the Voluntary and Community Sector; it's what really makes us unique. 

For the Sector


The Foundation is committed to raising awareness of the issues present in the sector by conducting thourough and regular research.


What's New?


The Visible Woman


Our free workshop for women active in their communities was a great success on Friday the 10th of July. Thank you to all involved and we will be posting updates soon. 

Investing in Local Communities

South West Foundation is an independent charitable foundation. Our main focus is on supporting small Voluntary and Community Sector Organisations to make a real difference to their communities. We do this through :

  • Grant Giving
  • Research
  • Training

Established in 2002 the Foundation has invested almost £4million in communities over the last ten years. We have a supported over 80 networks and 1,000 Voluntary and Community Organisations.



The Foundation also offers services to other agencies on a fee paying basis. We work with

  • Funders including national trusts and foundations
  • Housing Associations and their residents
  • Local Authorities
  • Voluntary and Community Sector Organisations

Our main focus is on working with others to support community organisations, agencies and individuals to themselves bring about change and make a real difference to their communities.

If you would like to know more about any of our services please do contact the Foundation either by phone or by e-mail.


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. 


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


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