Apply for funding - community

Apply for funding

Are you looking for ways your organisation can raise funds to run and deliver a community project? 

The following two funding programmes offer grants of up to £1,500 for community projects:

Wessex Watermark - suitable for projects that improve your local environment or help in the fight against single-use plastic by installing a water refill point in your community

Wessex Water Community Fund - ideal for projects which support community cohesion or promotes the use of water to build stronger communities.

Wessex Watermark

Does your school, youth group or community organisation want to improve the local environment? 

Or do you want to help in the fight against single-use plastic and install a water refill point in your local community? 

If so you might be eligible to apply for a Wessex Watermark award which supports community groups throughout the Wessex Water region.

Environmental projects  

You can apply for grants of up to £1,500 for projects which will help improve your local environment and bring people closer to nature. 

And every three months a special project receives the £2,500 Wessex Watermark gold award. 

Your project could be to create a community garden, restore allotments or to build a pond dipping platform. 

This funding is also open to research projects identified in local authority biodiversity action plans (BAP) or Wessex Water’s own BAP. 

Community refill points 

You can apply for a grant to fund a local water refill point in your community which will enable people to refill their bottles from a tap. 

To mark the 25th anniversary of Watermark, we have made extra funding available to support refill points and to address the urgent need to reduce single-use plastics. 

This additional funding was inspired by the call to action made by Sir David Attenborough in the BBC series Blue Planet II. 

By funding refill points, we hope to encourage people to refill rather than buy water or other drinks in plastic bottles thrown away after a single use. 

How to apply 

It is simple to apply for either grant scheme - just complete the application form and we’ll do the rest! 

Your application will be considered by the Conservation Foundation who run the Watermark awards for us. 

The Conservation Foundation is an environmental charity founded by botanist and television presenter David Bellamy who chairs the panel of experts that considers all applications received. 

For more information: 

Supporting your community 

Are you looking for ways your organisation can raise funds to run and deliver a community project?  

If your project supports community cohesion or promotes the use of water to build stronger communities, the new Wessex Water Community Fund might be able to help.  

Funding of up to £1,500 is available for projects that are helping those who most need support or those bringing people together.  

Your application will be given priority if your group is:  

  • working in areas of financial deprivation or rural isolation  

and/or  

  • raising awareness of drinking water for healthy living  

or  

  • promoting water saving initiatives.  

Depending on where your project is based, your application will be dealt with by one of the four community foundations in our region.  

These foundations are well placed to understand and address need through their experience and knowledge of making grants in their local areas.  

The Wessex Water Community Fund is part of our commitment to supporting healthy and strong communities across our region, one of the most beautiful parts of the UK.  

Groups which have received funding include:  

  • Bristol North West Food Bank - £1,500 to install a shower facility, particularly for use by homeless people, and an accessible toilet at the new Social Justice Hub in Avonmouth
  • South West Fishing for Life - £1,500 to provide fishing coaches to support women living with or recovering from breast cancer to take part in therapeutic activities.  

You will find the contact details and application open dates for each of the community foundations below. If you need more information, please contact the relevant community foundation.  

Projects we have already helped

Community project

The village pump

Bath and North East Somerset

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Royal visit to village shop in Somerset to mark 25th anniversary of award scheme.

Environmental project

Princely pond wins prize

North Somerset

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Restoration project gives new life to pond in Weston-super-Mare.

Environmental project

Seed funding for new garden

Bristol

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Funding secured to transform a neglected area in Bristol into a garden.