Charles Burnett Memorial Fund
'Our Community - New Forest & Waterside'

The Charles Burnett Memorial Fund: This grant programme is funded by the ‘Charles Burnett Memorial Fund’. Charles was a philanthropist who championed work strengthening local communities; being part of a strong, connected community can help people to lead happier, healthier lives. Charles was a resident of the New Forest, and this fund is designated for community organisations based in and supporting people in the New Forest.


HIWCF: HIWCF is administering this grant programme for the Charles Burnett Memorial Fund. HIWCF’s core aim is to tackle poverty and inequality. This grant programme will deliver on our core aim by helping to build ‘flourishing communities’ in the New Forest and increasing the ‘health and wellbeing’ of local residents.  


Please see the application form guidance.


Please see the grant agreement guidance


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Programme Overview

Status: Open
Opening Date: 04/03/2024
Closing Date: 17/04/2024
Minimum Grant: £5,000
Maximum Grant: £10,000 per year for two years (up to £20,000 over 24 months)
Location: New Forest (based on New Forest District Council borders)


‘Our Community – New Forest & Waterside’: The New Forest is an amazing place to live, but a combination of factors including cuts to local community services, limited public transport, challenges faced by an ageing population and the legacy of Covid-19 can impact how connected people feel within their local community. Isolation and loneliness can affect people of all ages and backgrounds. This grant programme ‘Our Community – New Forest & Waterside’ seeks to tackle isolation and loneliness using a community based response.


We want to fund community organisations delivering grassroots activities that effectively reach isolated or lonely New Forest residents, helping them build meaningful social links within their local community. This could include a project that supports older people whose lives are impacted by bereavement, a club for young people to help them reconnect face to face and spend valuable time away from screens, or an initiative that helps single parents to feel less alone.


The aims of this grant programme are to:
• Use community work to help strengthen the social bonds of New Forest residents.
• Build the range or scale of community-based models that tackle isolation and loneliness in the New Forest.
• Help to evidence the case for investment in tackling isolation and loneliness (e.g. better health outcomes).


The community activities that this grants programme will fund need to meet ALL THREE of the following programme criteria. If bids are not clear about all elements, they will be scored as ineligible based on a poor fit with the programme criteria.


1. Your application must be for work targeting people who face isolation or loneliness. Please make clear in your bid who your target group is – we will consider work for any age or target group, but you need to ensure you are clear how your audience is affected by isolation or loneliness. This could include people who have lost support networks due to life changes – older age, bereavement, migration, Covid-19 etc. It could also include people who face barriers to forming and sustaining social networks – due to issues like ill health, access, anxiety, mental health etc. (NB this is not an exhaustive list of examples).
2. Your application must respond to isolation and loneliness in the context of the New Forest – for example, your work may need to factor in a contribution to transport costs in response to a rural context. You may want to use the outdoor environment as an accessible place for people to meet e.g. a project working with new parents might include forest pushchair walks as part of its support offer.
3. Your application must be for a sustained programme of connection. We will not fund one-off trips or interventions but are looking to fund programmes of work that help people to build their social confidence and grow a sustainable social network. Loneliness and isolation can become entrenched, and we know that there is not a quick fix; funded work should be responsive to the needs of participants who may face setbacks during the programme.


Additional Criteria:
• Your grant application can be for new or existing community delivery.
• Please phone HIWCF if your annual income exceeds our standard £1 million threshold; this fund DOES offer flexibility to make a number of grants to larger charities.
• Funding will be offered to projects that support people either on a group basis e.g. a woodwork group in a men’s shed, or on a one-to-one basis e.g. a befriending service for older people. Projects can also be hybrid e.g. begin with a one-to-one support programme to build resilience before transitioning into a group setting.
Budget Costs: We want to help you run these activities over a 24 month period, so will cover staff and volunteer costs, activity costs and a proportionate contribution to the core costs of your organisation to deliver this work.
Learning Events: HIWCF and the Charles Burnett Memorial Fund are interested in learning more about how to fund and support work that tackles isolation and loneliness in the New Forest. Across the duration of their two-year grant, each community organisation awarded a grant will be required to attend approximately five New Forest based learning events run by HIWCF. These learning events will be an opportunity for all funded groups to meet and network, for HIWCF to keep up to date with grant delivery progress, and to offer any additionally identified support/training to community organisations delivering the grants. All grantees will be offered a grant supplement of £500 a year (£1,000 for two years) to reflect the time commitment and out of pocket expenses of attending these local, half day events.


Exclusions – Things we will not fund:
• We will not fund any provision that is a statutory requirement or is profit-making.
• We will not fund community organisations that lack a New Forest base – you must evidence that the New Forest is a key priority area within your delivery.
• We will not fund provision that includes substantive elements of personal care (e.g. dressing, washing) or domestic support (e.g. laundry, cleaning).
• We will not fund projects that utilise personal assistants or home care support that is connected to the provision of social care ‘Direct Payments’. We will consider Direct Payments being used as dual income on community projects e.g. Direct Payments could be used towards the costs of a lunch club.
• We will not fund projects that solely focus on distributing food. We will consider the home delivery of meals/food parcels that are part of a holistic package of support e.g. a befriending scheme that includes meal kits where people can cook and eat together, or a lunch club. Social connection should sit alongside the provision of food.
• In a global world we understand that connections can be made on a vast geographical scale. However, this funding is about investing in people feeling part of their local community. This could be a focused geographical community such as a village in the New Forest, or it could be a community of interest drawing members from across the New Forest e.g. New Forest residents who are carers.
• We will not fund projects that solely focus on residential trips (residentials as part of a wider social programme would be considered).