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South West Foundation

Manor Farm

Skinners Hill

Bath BA2 0PJ

Phone: 01761 471104


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What's new?



£805,000 available in grants up to £13,000 through the New Community Grant Programme.

Round 1 (no change expected on these dates)

Opening date for applications        Monday, 17th March 2014

Closing date for applications          Friday, 11th April 2014 (4:00 pm)




Round 2

Opening date for applications        Monday, 19th May 2014

Closing date for applications          Friday, 20th June 2014 (4:00 pm)



Grant Programmes

Voted Funder of the year in the South West the Foundation has the following grant programmes open:




In partnership with the Learning Curve the Foundation is managing a Community Grants Programme of £805,000.This Programme is jointly funded through  European Social Fund and Skills Funding Agency. The Community Grant Programme is for grants up to £13,000  to enable  Voluntary and Community Sector Organisations to offer projects to support people furthest removed from the labour market to move toward employment. The projects funded are very diverse and include training programmes, advice and information provision, confidence and skills building.There is no requirement for beneficiaries to be in employment at the end of the programme but previous programmes have each benefitted over 2,000 people with over 1,000 people moving onto employment, training and volunteering per programmes.

This is the sixth ESF funded programme that the Foundation has managed.Approximately 90 organisations throughout the South West are due to benefit from the funding.Please do contact the Foundation for more information or to book into the infomation seminars. or tel:01761 47110401761 471104.


Each application form that is sent out has a unique reference number that is only applicable to that particular grant round.  If you have applied to round 1 and were unsuccessful and wish to submit an application to Round 2, you will need to ask for a new application form that will have a different reference number at the top of the form and a different closing date at the end of the form. Without this, it will not be possible to accept your application.

Decisons on Round 1 will be sent out approximately one week after the Panel meets on 15th May 2014.





The Make a Difference Fund: Sovereign Residents' Panel Grant Fund


This programme is  for grants up to £1,000. There are two funds. One fund is managed by the residents' panel of Sovereign Housing in Devon including Torbay  and Plymouth. The second fund is managed by the Sovereign Housing Associations Residents' Panel for the West of England and grants up to £1,000 are available not only in the old West of England area but beyond and includes parts of Wiltshire, North Somerset, Gloucester and Gloucestershire, Bristol, BANES and South Gloucestershire.


The main aim of this fund is to support charitable Voluntary Organisations to undertake activities that will benefit Sovereign Residents and/or bring about improvements to the neighbourhoods in which Sovereign has its properties. Please do contact the Foundation for more guidance.


The Esmee Fairbairn Small Grant Programme


This fund is for small charitable  Voluntary and Community Sector Organisations operating mainly in the rural areas, market and coastal towns. The fund is aimed at enabling people who might otherwise have difficulty in taking part in their communities to take part. The fund also seeks to support small groups in other areas of the South West that are under represented in our funding programmes. 

You do not need to be a registerd charity to apply for either of these funds.


Quick Decision Making on Grants 

Where possible the Foundation aims to make decisions on smaller grants within fourteen days of receiving the application.  


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