Rebuilding lives, one night at a time

The Winchester Beacon has been providing vital and safe temporary accommodation to people experiencing homelessness in Hampshire for more than 30 years. As well as providing a safe place to stay, it gives each resident the opportunity to access personalised one-to-one support to help them navigate their way out of homelessness. The Winchester Beacon accommodates […]

Young people involved in social action via #iWill Fund

A group of young people, supported by Network Ryde (Ryde Town Council’s Youth Service), has appointed artist Gaz from IdolMind to make public art for Ryde town centre that will highlight environmental issues and raise awareness of the Island’s Biosphere status. The young people, aged between 11 and 17, want to make Ryde a better […]

Hampshire High Sheriff Awards Recognise Those Going ‘Beyond The Call Of Duty’ 

Above: Hampshire High Sheriff Award recipients with the High Sheriff, Lady Edwina Grosvenor, and Cllr Hugh Mason, Lord Mayor of Portsmouth and HIWCF Trustee. More images available in the gallery here using the password: win2023 The High Sheriff of Hampshire, Lady Edwina Grosvenor, has announced the 22 recipients receiving commendations for their great work in […]

Changing lives through performing arts

Blue Apple Theatre is a creative company that supports performers with learning disabilities to develop theatre, dance, singing and film productions from its base in Winchester. Through producing high quality creative material, it aims to challenge prejudice and transform the lives of people with a learning disability. The not-for-profit was awarded £29,850 from the Including […]

Supporting our region’s veterans

Veterans Outreach Support (VOS) is an award-winning, UK registered charity that provides a welcoming and relaxed setting where UK veterans and family members can drop in for confidential social or psychological support. The VOS Mission Statement is, ‘To meet the welfare, wellbeing and mental health needs of veterans’, including spouses and partners. The charity’s HQ […]

Helping grassroots organisations during cost-of-living crisis

The Community Laundry Liphook is a charitable organisation established to help the elderly, disabled people and short term incapacitated people of Liphook and the surrounding villages. The group was awarded a grant of £1,000 as part of HIWCF’s Cost of Living Crisis Fund in 2022. The Community Laundry was established approximately twenty years ago when […]

Meet Catherine, our new Grants Administrator

Can you tell us a bit about your background and what attracted you to the role of Grants Administrator? Why HIWCF?  I have always had an interest in community and grassroots organisations and I have worked in various roles around this, including managing a community centre and working in the community funding team at Southern […]

Emergency Fund established by Southeast’s largest estate agents  

A charitable fund administered by Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIWCF) has so far donated more than £24K to 9 community food banks and emergency food service projects across the region.    The Cubitt & West Emergency Fund was established by the Southeast’s largest estate agents to provide food for those struggling to […]

Charities awarded nearly £300K grants-boost by HIWCF and funding partners

Pictured: Portsmouth A Band of Brothers which was awarded £10,000 from HIWCF funding partners, GVC Grants worth nearly £300k have been divided between 41 charity and community groups across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight by Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIWCF) and its partners. This announcement comes thanks to partnerships between HIWCF, […]

HIWCF partnership with the Freemasons’ charity to support Ukrainian Refugees

Image: Refugees in the UK are being supported by community groups to learn practical skills and feel a part of communities. Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIWCF) is pleased to be working with the Freemasons’ charity through UK Community Foundations to support refugees from Ukraine across the county. The Foundation has now distributed […]