Apply for funding now

Apply for funding now

If you know of a local charity or community group that requires support, we may be able to help through our Wessex Water Recovery Fund. 

Applications are now open for our Recovery Fund which aims to support those hit hardest by the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

The fund forms part of the Wessex Water Foundation which is a dedicated funding scheme for community projects across the Wessex Water region, run in partnership with the Somerset, Wiltshire, Dorset and Quartet Community Foundations.

Read on to find out if a charity close to your heart is eligible for funding, while also learning more about the Wessex Water Foundation and what it has in store for the future.

Wessex Water Recovery Fund

The Wessex Water Recovery Fund aims to strengthen communities throughout the south west with an emphasis on supporting local rather than national projects.

The fund will prioritise those worst affected by Covid-19, and we particularly welcome applications from BAME groups. Priority will be given to the groups that are working to:

  • support people in financially difficult circumstances
  • help build stronger communities
  • support the green recovery with new initiatives
  • restore and protect nature and wildlife for community health and wellbeing.

You can apply for funding now through the relevant Community Foundation link below:

Applications will close on 4 December 2020 with funding decisions being made at local community panels in January 2021.

Immediate support

Earlier in the year, the people and charities that were immediately impacted by the pandemic were the first to benefit from our newly launched Wessex Water Foundation.

As lockdown got underway, region-wide emergency funding was awarded to groups on the frontline, from local volunteering groups to foodbanks.

Rosemary Macdonald, CEO of UK Community Foundations (UKCF), said: “We at UKCF would like to thank the Wessex Water Foundation for all their help with the emergency coronavirus appeal.

“It is great to see the Community Foundations in the Wessex region come together and work so successfully with one of our key employers.

“The Wiltshire, Somerset, Dorset and Quartet foundations are working hard to distribute the funding provided by the Wessex Water Foundation to those most affected by Covid-19.

“It’s wonderful to see such a great partnership helping those in need at this challenging time.”

These are some of the organisations and charities we’ve supported already:

Ups and Downs Southwest (Somerset)

Based in the heart of Somerset, Ups and Downs Southwest is a charity that supports children and young people with Down Syndrome. The coronavirus pandemic made it difficult for the charity to deliver its services. Funding enabled Ups and Downs Southwest to expand and improve its education programme, which has provided vital support to young people in the area.

Sporting Family Change (Bath)

When the pandemic began, Sporting Family Change recognised it had to adapt its work in order to continue supporting local families, particularly those who had become isolated due to lockdown. Funding helped the charity to implement a regular walking programme which helped to improve the wellbeing of families in Twerton, Whiteway, Odd Down and Foxhill.

Townsend Community Association (Dorset)

Through its Community Fridge project, the Townsend Community Association has been providing food parcels and hot meals to people who require support in Bournemouth during the current pandemic. We provided the charity with funding to support this project, helping it to deliver more food parcels and hot meals to residents.

Help Counselling Service (Wiltshire)

Based in Trowbridge, Help Counselling Service is a charity that provides affordable therapy to hundreds of people every year in west and north Wiltshire. When the coronavirus pandemic began, the charity saw its caseload start to increase. We contributed to a grant which was provided to the charity to help fund training sessions for its counsellors, enabling them to carry out virtual sessions.

Future funding

From 2021, the Wessex Water Foundation will provide at least half a million pounds of funding every year to support community projects.

The funding will go towards debt advice projects, community groups and charities, helping to build stronger communities and support those dealing with the consequences of low income, poverty and unemployment.

The foundation will also continue to support local environmental projects, encouraging communities to look at ways they can protect and engage with their local environment.

Our goal is to continue investing in local communities during potential hard times ahead, while also ensuring we have a positive impact on the planet.

To find out more about the Wessex Water Foundation, visit www.wessexwater.co.uk/funding

Written by

Kirsty Scarlett

Head of community engagement

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