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Who We Are

We are committed to building funds and distributing grants to support community projects delivered by local voluntary and community groups across Hampshire & Isle of Wight. We have built a £12m endowment fund for the long-term benefit of our communities, and we have distributed over £10m in grants to support over 3,500 community projects across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Our grant-making programmes support community projects for all ages; those with disabilities; families in crisis; the homeless; those in poor health; people looking to get back into work; those seeking protection;

looking to get healthier through sport, drama and singing; people who want to learn about the arts and local culture; those that are isolated or lonely; and local people struggling to cope with their lives. We award grants to smaller, lesser known charities and community groups who offer the support, services and activities that can really make a difference to local people’s lives. We are proud to have reached out to nearly 500,000 people living in our local communities.

Reasons Why We Help

We are extremely fortunate to live and work in the beautiful and prosperous areas of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. However, even here there are pockets of deprivation to be found which are as severe as any of those in the northern cities. Perhaps surprisingly these are not only in the bigger towns and cities such as Portsmouth, Southampton, Ryde and Newport; but also in parts of Andover, Bordon, Shanklin, Ventnor and even Winchester. HIWCF specialises in identifying the areas of greatest deprivation and awarding grants to support the wonderful smaller charities and community groups who work so hard to help local people in need.

In September 2014, Charity Commission statistics highlighted that:

  • 75% (123,000) of registered charities had income of less than £100,000 and received only 3.4% of the total income given to charities
  • 1,990 registered charities with income of £5m+ received 69.8% of the total given to charities
  • Many of our local voluntary and community groups are volunteer-led with no experienced fundraisers and need our support.

Our Values

  • Confidentiality and professionalism in our fund management
  • Integrity and independence in our grant-making
  • Valuing and protecting the vulnerable people in our community
  • Consistency and clarity in our communications
  • Delivery that is open and honest to all our stakeholders

Our History

Community Foundation History Community Foundations were conceived in the USA in 1914, grew rapidly after the Wall Street crash and there are now 1700 worldwide. Community Foundations started in the UK in 1975 and today there are now 46 accredited Community Foundations across the UK. Collectively they manage £500m in endowments and distribute £71m per annum in grants.

HIWCF Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Foundation was set up as an independent charitable foundation to connect local donors with local causes and charities in Hampshire & Isle of Wight. We award small grants to voluntary and community organisations throughout Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Southampton & Portsmouth. HIWCF was incorporated as a company limited by guarantee in September 2002 (company number 4534462) and became a registered charity in September 2003 (registration 1100417).  HIWCF has also gained UKCF Quality Accreditation.