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Small Grants Fund for South West England

 The Small Grant Fund is provided by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation in partnership with the South West Foundation who administers the grant. Funding is intended for small community organisations operating in rural areas, market and coastal towns with the aim of encouraging and enabling people to take part in their communities. Grants of up to £1,000 are available.

The Small Grant Fund aims to benefit market and coastal towns and rural communities. The South West Foundation considers market and coastal towns to be those places which are not cities. Rural communities are considered to have the following characteristics:
• Sparse population.
• Limited local services.
• Poor transport links.
• Difficult access to services and information because of geographical dispersement.
• Less likely to attract any major funding streams.

In addition to eligible rural areas, applications will be accepted from organisations based in Bournemouth and Poole that support either Black and Minority Ethnic or Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Communities.

Priority is given to:
• Organisations which have difficulty in accessing any funding and may not have received formal grant aid before.
• Small grassroots organisations that are addressing the needs of people in their communities or who are improving the quality of life of people in need in their communities by providing support, information services, activities and facilities.
• Applicants with less than six months running costs in free reserves (12 months for smaller organisations). If applicants have a higher level of reserves but can demonstrate clear reasons for this, the application will be considered.

Applicants must also meet the following criteria:
• Have a bank account in the name of the organisation and provide a set of rules or constitution.
• Be committed to the principals of equality of opportunity.

Application Procedure

 Please contact the South West Foundation or visit the website for further details:

South West Foundation

Westway Farm, Bishop Sutton
Somerset BS39 5XP
Tel: 01275 333666