South West Foundation invests in local communities through small grants, research and   training. The Foundation also offers training for people in communties to  undertake their own research.

Services Currently offered

For Funders

The Foundation undertakes to develop and manage grant programmes for other funders

For Groups

The Foundation currently offers a small grant programme of grants up to £1,000 for small charitable organisations

For the Sector

South West Foundation trains community members in research techniques to enable them to undertake their own research into community needs and seek their own solutions.

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

South West Foundation has just 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


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.Maximum grant is £1,000 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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