The Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIWCF) is delighted to announce the launch of the Hampshire Community Fund, a brand new charitable fund worth £700,000. The fund has been created through an amalgamation of 27 trusts and charities transferred from Hampshire County Council, enabling grants worth up to £35,000 to be made each year to residents across Hampshire.

 The creation of the Hampshire Community Fund allows HIWCF to expand its reach in the community, managing trusts that support children leaving care, music scholarships, talented athletes, school awards for outstanding work across all areas of the curriculum, together with a fund supporting an older people’s care home.

Cllr Andrew Joy, Hampshire County Council Member for Alton and Executive Member for Communities, Partnerships and External Affairs has recently joined the Board of HIWCF as a trustee. He commented “Community Foundations have an extremely good reputation for the effective management of charitable funds in order to maximise their impact at local level; I am pleased that HIWCF can now breathe new life into these trusts through the Hampshire Community Fund in order to help those in need across Hampshire.”

Grant Cornwell MBE, HIWCF Chief Executive said “HIWCF have worked with the Charity Commission to remove restrictions, update the charitable objectives and enable these trusts to give more money to good causes, and we very much look forward to working closely with the County Council.  These re-invigorated funds enable us to focus on key Foundation issues including ‘poverty and disadvantage’, ‘education and training’, ‘mental or physical ill health’ and ‘healthy living and sport’ enabling us to tackle deprivation and disadvantage across our region.

Grants will be made in line with the original objectives of the trusts.  A number are open for applications now, with a deadline of 13 July 2018.  These include

Applicants should apply through the HIWCF website: //

HIWCF is the largest philanthropic grant-making organisation working exclusively across Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Southampton and Portsmouth, distributing grants of over £1.1 million last year. The Foundation continuously reviews grant-making to ensure that it focuses on the areas of greatest need.  Last year, the Foundation was able to target 70 per cent of its £1.1m grant spend on the 50 per cent most deprived wards in its area.

If you would like to find out more about HIWCF and its valuable work across Hampshire and Isle of Wight, Southampton and Portsmouth please look at



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 Contact details for Editor:

Name:                           Grant Cornwell MBE, Chief Executive / Lucy Sweet, Marketing Manager

Organisation:                HIWCF

Telephone:                    (01256) 776101

Direct Dial:                    (01256) 776116


About Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation

Registered Charity No: 1100417 – Registered Company Number 4534462

The Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIWCF) is an independent charitable trust established to inspire local giving for local need. The Community Foundation works both with donors who want to give something back to their local communities and voluntary groups providing vital services for local people where often a few hundred pounds can make a real difference to their lives. Companies, individuals, families and trusts can establish a fund with the Foundation, which supports a growing programme of grant-making to communities. HIWCF is part of a national network of 46 Community Foundations, one of the fastest growing philanthropic movements in the UK. Local groups can take a look at the HIWCF website to see if they might qualify for a grant: or email HIWCF at

Hampshire Community Fund

The following trusts make up the Hampshire Community Fund, some of these trusts date back to 1905: