WESSEX Water is joining forces again with Wiltshire Community Foundation to give grants of up to £3,000 to groups who want to improve the lives of people in their communities.

The Wessex Water Foundation Community Fund, which is open for applications until October 22, is designed to fund work that supports people in financial difficulty or who lack access to services, takes place in areas of multiple deprivation or rural isolation and helps build stronger, more resilient communities.

It will also fund projects helping people manage or avoid debt and provide education in money management and household budgeting skills.

Since 2020 it has provided grants of at least £500,000 a year to projects across the Wessex Water region. Last year the fund awarded more than £16,000 to 12 groups across Wiltshire.

Wilton Men’s Shed used its £1,460 grant towards the cost of plumbing at its new base behind the pavilion at Castle Meadow.

River Bourne Community Farm in Laverstock was awarded £1,500 towards the cost of converting a barn into an education centre of primary schools in the area.

Wessex Water head of community engagement, Kirsty Scarlett, said: “The fund will enable us to continue investing in strengthening communities and supporting people who need it most.

“Part of this will involve continued funding for local groups, supporting debt advice organisations and charities dealing with those affected by low income, mental and physical health issues, hunger, housing problems and unemployment.

“We hope to support a wide range of groups who make a real difference for people in their local area.”

Wiltshire Community Foundation joint chief executive, Fiona Oliver, thanked Wessex Water for its continuing support. “Thanks to the company’s generosity over the last three years we have been able to help grass roots groups across the county run some fantastic projects,” she said.

“We are looking forward to seeing what else this partnership can do for our communities.”

To apply or for more details, visit wiltshirecf.org.uk/grants-and-support


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