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 […]

Grants enable housing providers to support people into employment

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIWCF) is currently managing a £1.76 million ESF* funded project, Solent Supporting Employment (SSE), enabling disadvantaged and vulnerable people facing barriers to employment to move closer towards the employment market. Uniquely, two of the project delivery partners are social housing providers.  Of the £1.76 million funding available to […]

Help elderly people stay warm in your area

With fuel prices rising and the Covid-19 pandemic still impacting on people’s lives, the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIWCF) has launched the Surviving Winter Campaign to help tackle fuel poverty for older people in our local community struggling to keep warm during the coldest months. It is extremely challenging for people living […]

Charitable projects receive grants boost of £150,000 for employment

The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIWCF) is delighted to announce that grants totalling £153,358 have been awarded through the Solent Supporting Employment (SSE) Programme, supporting five vital employment projects in Eastleigh, Havant, Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight.    These grant awards represent the third and final round of funding from the […]

‘Bumper’ month for funding available across Hampshire and Isle of Wight

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIWCF) has 12 funds currently open for application ranging from £50 – £25,000. See below for details and hit the links to find out more and apply. Arts Council England ‘Let’s Create’ Jubilee Fund – closes on 4 February. To celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June 2022, […]

Volunteering and community spirit: “the silver lining”

By Jo Ash, HIWCF Trustee  As we entered 2022 I have been helping draft a Volunteering Strategy to support Southampton’s City of Culture 2025 bid, so have been thinking very deeply about volunteering and how it has evolved and changed since I first become involved in the voluntary sector over 50 years ago – first […]

Community organisations on the Island benefit from Covid Recovery Fund

The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIWCF) is delighted to announce that they have made grants worth more than £46,000 to benefit 5 charities, community groups and voluntary organisations on the Isle of Wight, to help vulnerable local people whose lives have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.  Grants of up to £5k […]

£35,000 Grants Boost for Island Communities

As communities begin to tentatively emerge from lockdown, grants from the Isle of Wight Community Fund and The John Swire 1989 Trust are helping to address issues such as social isolation, mental health and poverty. Grant funding worth over £35,000 has been awarded to support the services of 12 Island based charities and voluntary organisations, […]