Wessex Water Environment Fund

This grant programme is currently closed. We expect this grant programme to re-open to application in the spring of 2024.

You can view previous grant guidelines below.

Please note, these grant guidelines may change when/if the programme reopens to applications. Please make sure you read the new guidelines before you submit your grant application.

  1. About the Wessex Water Environment Fund

The Wessex Water Foundation Environment Fund supports charitable and community activities that improve local biodiversity or have a positive impact on the local environment for local people.

Applications must demonstrate one or more of the following outcomes:

Priorities for this programme are:

* For example, this can include activities aimed at reducing waste, recycling and using reusable alternatives, growing own produce, using less energy.

Please note that water refill points are not eligible.

 

  1. What you can apply for

You can apply for a grant towards core costs and/or project costs that will help you to make improvements to the local environment. For example, you can apply for a grant towards equipment, salaries and/or overheads. What’s important is that it will help achieve one or more of the above outcomes and meet at least one of the above priorities. Section 6 of this guide provides some examples of previous grants awarded.

At the end of this guide there is an Extra Guidance section. This contains checks for practical projects to undertake when working near protected sites or species.

 

  1. Who can apply?

This programme is for voluntary and community groups with charitable aims, registered charities, and Community Interest Companies. You must:

Schools and parish councils may also apply if they can demonstrate community benefit.

 

  1. Previous applications

You cannot apply to the Wessex Water Foundation Environment Fund if you are currently receiving Partners Programme funding from Wessex Water.

You cannot apply if your organisation has received a Wessex Water Community Fund grant since December 2022.

 

  1. How much do we award?

You can apply for up to £2,000 towards a project/activity covering a period up to 12 months.

 

  1. Examples of previous grants
    • To restore and maintain a wildlife pond
    • To install a litter picking station
    • Towards a community tree planting event
    • To install a rainwater harvesting solution and irrigation system on a community garden

 

  1. What we don’t fund

 

  1. How to apply?

The closing date is Monday 22 May 2023. You can apply online. Alternatively, you can request an application form by post. As well as the completed application form you will need to provide the following*:

 

*Apart from the bank statement, you do not have to send the above documents if you have already sent them to us within the past six months and they haven’t been amended in that time.

If you are not a formal group and cannot provide the above, you will need to ask another constituted organisation to apply for the grant in their name and manage the funds on your behalf. Please contact us if you have any questions about this.

  

  1. What will happen next?

Once we have received your application (including all supporting documents) it will be assessed by a member of staff. They may contact you for further information. The application will then go to a local decision panel which will include representatives from Wessex Water and the local community. You will be notified of the outcome by early July 2023.

 

  1. Reporting on your grant

All successful applicants will be sent an End of Grant report form at the end of their funded work. This form asks for details of how the grant was spent and what was achieved.

 

  1. Contact details

This fund is being managed by Kirsty Campbell, who works for Somerset Community Foundation. If you have a question or would like to discuss your application before you apply, then please contact Kirsty by:

 

  1. Extra Guidance – Please note that you may not hear back on the outcome of your application until July 2023, your project timeline should reflect this as we cannot fund work already started.

When submitting applications for projects involving practical work, please make sure you have checked whether your proposals could affect protected sites or species and demonstrate in your application how this has been accounted for.  For example:

Further guidance on protected sites and species is available at Construction near protected areas and wildlife – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).

Please bear in mind that other permissions or working methods may be required for practical works which may need to be evidenced in your application:

 


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