South West Foundation
Bath BA2 0PJ
Phone: 01761 471104
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LATEST FREE EVENTS
Women and Communties
South West Foundation are pleased to be able to offer the opportunity for people to come to one of our Women and Communties events where we are showing a slection of short films from our Women and Communties Project. See our What's New Page for more details
Voted Funder of the year in the South West the Foundation has the following grant programmes open:
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.
Community Grant Programmes
In partnership with the Learning Curve the Foundation is also managing a European Social Fund and Skills Funding Agency, jointly funded, Community Grant Programme. This Community Grant Programme is for grants up to twelve thousand pounds to enable small 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. Previous programmes have each benefitted over 2,000 people with over 1,000 people moving onto employment, training and volunteering per programmes.
Just under 80 organisations have been funded through this current programme and over £650,000 allocated. The current programme is now closed for applications although the projects are continuing to be delivered throughout the South West. This is the Fifth ESF funded programme that the Foundation has managed and we are hopeful that there will be a new Community Grant Programme running next year.
Please do contact the Foundation to discuss any of these programmes.