£700,000 funds up for grabs

The Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIWCF) is delighted to announce the launch of the Hampshire Community Fund, a brand new charitable fund worth £700,000. The fund has been created through an amalgamation of 27 trusts and charities transferred from Hampshire County Council, enabling grants worth up to £35,000 to be made each year to residents across Hampshire.

The creation of the Hampshire Community Fund allows HIWCF to expand its reach in the community, managing trusts that support children leaving care, music scholarships, talented athletes, school awards for outstanding work across all areas of the curriculum, together with a fund supporting an older people’s care home.

Cllr Andrew Joy, Hampshire County Council Member for Alton and Executive Member for Communities, Partnerships and External Affairs has recently joined the Board of HIWCF as a trustee. He commented “Community Foundations have an extremely good reputation for the effective management of charitable funds in order to maximise their impact at local level; I am pleased that HIWCF can now breathe new life into these trusts through the Hampshire Community Fund in order to help those in need across Hampshire.”

Grant Cornwell MBE, HIWCF Chief Executive said “HIWCF have worked with the Charity Commission to remove restrictions, update the charitable objectives and enable these trusts to give more money to good causes, and we very much look forward to working closely with the County Council.  These re-invigorated funds enable us to focus on key Foundation issues including ‘poverty and disadvantage’, ‘education and training’, ‘mental or physical ill health’ and ‘healthy living and sport’ enabling us to tackle deprivation and disadvantage across our region.

Grants will be made in line with the original objectives of the trusts.  A number are open for applications now, with a deadline of 13 July 2018.  These include

▪ The Hampshire Old Industrial & Reformatory Schools Trust Fund (HOIRST) will make grants available of up to £500 to support Hampshire care leavers in higher education. The Evelyn Mace fund will also support this group of young people care leavers in higher education. The aim is to support the development of young people under 25 years old who have been in the care of HCC to help them go on to college or university, or begin an apprenticeship

• The Dayas Music Scholarship will award grants of up to £600 to Hampshire residents to enable older musicians to undertake studies or projects in connection with composition, conducting, instrumental performance, singing, music education and musicology. Scholarship grants will cover up to 50 percent of the cost of tuition with preference for those using their musical talents to provide a community benefit

• The Michael Austin Harlick Fund was established to support sport and competitions and will fund 50% of the cost of trophies, medals or other prizes for those succeeding in open competitions

Applicants should apply through the HIWCF website:

HIWCF is the largest philanthropic grant-making organisation working exclusively across Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Southampton and Portsmouth, distributing grants of over £1.1 million last year. The Foundation continuously reviews grant-making to ensure that it focuses on the areas of greatest need.  Last year, the Foundation was able to target 70 per cent of its £1.1m grant spend on the 50 per cent most deprived wards in its area.