Please note that from January 1st 2019 South West Foundation no longer operates.

Useful content from this website is being transferred to the heritage organisation,

South West Community Matters.

This can be found at

Small Grant Programme Supported by Esmee Fairbairn for Seventh year

Please see below criteria for the Small Grant Programme aimed at supporting those small charitable organisations working with people most in need in communties.You do not need to be a registerd charity, but we are unable to consider applications from CICs,sports groups and fundraisng organisations for this small grant programme.

The current programme is closed having awarded over 30 grants to small charitable organisations throughout the South West.

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.


South West Foundation Creating Friendships from Jan Crawley on Vimeo.

Funding for Groups: author Jan Crawley on behalf of South West Foundation - updated October 2017


Latest updated version of publication from South West Foundation with information on funders active in the South West region.Thirty-seven pages of information on funders many with an interest in smaller voluntary organisations.

Please click on link below to download  your free copy.

South West Funding Booklet: author Jan Crawley on behalf of South West Foundation
South West Funding Booklet Oct17.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [1.6 MB]
Funding South West Funders Information Booklet
List of funders and their contact details who are currently members of the regional funders' network
Funding South West Funders.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [1.6 MB]

Cafe Conversations

South West Foundation  completed a series of Cafe Conversations. Over 280 members of the Voluntary sector attended the six cafes.These events enabled members of the Voluntary Sector to come together over lunch to discuss hot topics, share their skills and knowledge with other members of the Sector. There was no agenda, no presentations just the opportunity to network ,to link up with others  and enjoy the lunch.

The Foundation would like to thank the Community Cafe's who provided us with such excellent lunches. The Albemarle Centre in Taunton, The SWALLOW Cafe in Radstock, the Olive Tree Cafe in Swindon and Mind in Bath and North East Somerset.

Investing in Local Communities:Foundation Services

Since 2001 and the Foundation has been offering support to small charitable community groups througout the South West Region.The Foundation has been grateful to all those who have supported us through the years.

The small grant scheme in particular has been very well used, and we are grateful to all those small community groups who have delivered amazing services to their local communities with the help of these small grants. 



Support for Groups

South West Foundation has been  investing in local communties. We have done this this by providing support for Voluntary and Community Sector Organisations and individuals in communities who wish to be involved in community action.The Foundation offered small grants, events and training. The Foundation has trained over 300 individuals from small community groups in the past three years through local seminars and workshops.Useful sample documents and material can be found on the

'GRANTS AND RESOURCES' tab of this website.

We are just in the process of establishing a heritage group through South West Community Matters to keep some of our services and resources alive.


Support for funders

Alongside supporting community groups, the Foundation also offered services to funders. We specialised in robust but quick turn around grant processes. Our turn around time on small grants averaged 7 days. As well as undertkaing grant management, we also offered funders participatory evaluation and impact assessments on grant programmes.


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.


Community Based Participatory Research

South West Foundation also specialised in Community Based Participatory Research. The Foundation  trained over 400 community members in community research and participatory evaluation. Last year we worked on a Community Research Project with the University of Bath,Community Matters. Information on this can be found at


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Telephone: 01761 753643



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


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