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Wessex Water Foundation

The Wessex Water Foundation provides funding for projects which bring people together to build stronger communities.

Never has it been more important to both respond to immediate need and to make a firm commitment to the long-term future and wellbeing of our communities.

That’s why people hit hardest by the Covid-19 crisis will be the first to benefit from the new Wessex Water Foundation, a multi-million pound initiative launched in summer 2020.

This dedicated funding scheme for projects across the Wessex Water region is being run in partnership with the Somerset, Wiltshire, Dorset and Quartet Community Foundations and is already prioritising those worst affected by the pandemic.

The Foundation has three key funding streams for 2020 and beyond:

  • immediate support for local groups impacted by the Covid-19 crisis
  • a recovery fund to support groups rebuilding our communities beyond Covid-19
  • a new permanent fund providing grants totalling at least £500,000 from 2021 onwards.

Immediate support for local groups

To support local groups responding to the Covid-19 crisis we have donated £120,000 to local emergency appeals with community foundations.

If you run such a group you can access immediate funds by contacting the community foundation where you are based.

Find out who to contact to apply for an emergency grant:

Emergency grants will be awarded to local groups on the frontline of the emergency response, like those providing foodbanks and supporting the elderly.

Grants are also available for other charities who would shut down without immediate help as other sources of funding have disappeared with many staff being furloughed or made redundant.

In addition to supporting our local community foundations’ emergency appeals, we have also:

  • provided over 6,500 hot meals for vulnerable and isolating people in the Bath community
  • supported many of our staff to volunteer in their communities.

Wessex Water Recovery Fund

In response to the challenging economic situation we know many communities will face, the Wessex Water Recovery Fund will open for applications from groups in the Wessex Water area from late 2020.

Available for local rather than national organisations, recovery funding will support those groups who build social value by strengthening our local communities’ resilience.

This has been proven to be essential in the current Covid-19 crisis where local groups have mobilised large numbers of volunteers and responded on the frontline to help those most in need.

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Future investment in communities

From 2021 our new permanent fund will provide at least £500,000 of funding every year to local communities. 

This fund will enable us to continue to invest in local communities who will bear the burden of supporting the most vulnerable in the potential hard times ahead.

Part of this will involve continued funding for local groups supporting stronger communities, debt advice and charities dealing with those suffering the consequences of poverty through poor mental and physical health, hunger, housing and unemployment.

We also recognise the need to ensure all investment meets high standards of equality, diversity and fairness.

We will also continue to support local environmental projects, supporting the ambition to rebuild communities with new green infrastructure.

Projects we have already helped

Community

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

Princely pond wins prize

North Somerset

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

Environmental

Seed funding for new garden

Bristol

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