Four Community Foundations partner with Wessex Water
Four UKCF members, Somerset, Wiltshire, Quartet and Dorset Community Foundations are working in partnership with Wessex Water to distribute funding to grassroots groups that bring people together.
Grants of up to £1,500 will be available to organisations that build community cohesion in their area. Priority will be given to smaller groups who work in areas of financial deprivation or rural isolation, organisations who promote the health benefits of drinking water, and projects helping people to reduce their water usage.
Kirsty Scarlett, Wessex Water’s Community Engagement Manager, said: “We want to make sure that our communities help those who need support most. We’re delighted to be working in partnership with the four Community Foundations across our region who are all well placed to understand and address needs through making grants in their local areas.
“The fund will prioritise small, grassroots charities and community organisations over larger ones that perhaps have a higher profile.”
Justin Sargent, Chief Executive at Somerset Community Foundation added: “We are absolutely delighted to be working in partnership with Wessex Water to deliver the new Wessex Water Community Fund.
“Building stronger communities in our towns and villages is absolutely key to improving the wellbeing and quality of life of so many people across Somerset, particularly those who are isolated, marginalised or disadvantaged in other ways. This fund will make a big difference to hundreds of people.”
Grants will open for applications from 1st September 2018. Groups who are interested in applying should contact there local community foundation for further information.