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Community Chest and Charity

The Community Chest

Almost twenty years ago, we set up the Community Chest to give a helping hand to local people in supporting and strengthening their community. Through our Community Chest, charity and community interest companies can apply for a grant to go towards improving their local area— to help the youth, elderly, disabled, arts, environment and more.

We believe in working together to improve both the facilities and the lives of residents in our communities. We seek to promote, encourage and support community involvement by offering funds to local voluntary groups with clearly identified needs.

H&W are proud to confirm its intention to continue with its 2020 and 2021 Community Chest funding, albeit with some adaptations in recognition of the current times. 

What is the Community Chest?

The Community Chest still includes an annual pool of funds totaling £50,000 pledged by Hall and Woodhouse, and in addition to this the Community Chest also seeks applications to become a ‘Pub Charity Partner’ with one or more of our 53 managed house pubs. Throughout the year, each pub will fundraise on your behalf for a specific project or activity.  For a full list of the 53 pubs taking part in this activity please click on the link below:


The Hall & Woodhouse Community Chest is also fortunate to receive invaluable support, advice and local knowledge from the Dorset & Sussex Community Foundations.

Who can apply?

Applications are welcome from any voluntary or community organisation that is based, or works in, our trading area across the south of England, from Devon to Kent and north to Bristol, Swindon, Bracknell and London.

Grants or funds raised could be used to support the following:

  • Youth work and activities
  • Pre-schools and extracurricular school activities
  • Elderly and people with disabilities
  • Health and social care
  • Local arts and culture
  • Conservation and the environment

Please note: Applications will not be considered from national organisations or those that are profit making or political.

How to apply

The application process for 2020 has now closed.

General enquirers can be submitted to the following email:

[email protected]

What can you apply for?

Groups can apply for grants or fundraising support ranging from £500 and £5,000 to help achieve their aims. These grants or fundraising commitments could be used towards things such as equipment and furniture, training, transport, professional assistance, specific project resources or operational costs that will help your cause.

Before you apply…

Top Tips for a Community Chest Application:

  • Make sure that there is a real NEED for what you are applying for.
  • Show the judges that your organisation has made its own effort to raise funds.
  • Ensure that a Community Chest award or Pub Charity Partner’s fundraising efforts will make a difference to your project in the immediate future.
  • Be sure to check that the timing of your event/project fits with the Community Chest cycle (awards made in October) or our Pub Charity Partner fundraising payments (bi- annually in July and January).
  • Please don’t apply if you are a fundraising charity that donates to other charities.
  • The Community Chest is only open to local voluntary organisations, sadly we cannot help national charities.
  • Please give a detailed a breakdown of your project’s cost.
  • Identify your local H&W pub, by visiting the ‘Our Pubs’ page on our website.
  • Finally consider if you are applying simply for a Community Chest grant and/or you are applying to be a Pub Charity Partner with one or more of our 53 managed house pubs.

What are the judges looking for?

Each judge has their own criteria, but organisations should ask themselves the following questions:

Is there a real need for this project?
Does your project or organisation really improve the lives of local residents or is it nice to have?

Own Efforts
What efforts have you made to help your own organisation?
How much money have you raised for your project or organisation?

How much more money is needed to make the project a reality?
Will a contribution of up to £5,000 enable the project to happen?

How are the Grants awarded & Pub Charity Partners selected?

Completed applications to be a Pub Charity Partner will be distributed to our managed house pubs for the General Manager and their teams to vote who their pub will fundraise for. This partnership will be for a minimum of one year. Fundraising partnerships will be confirmed once pubs reopen and team have been able to vote.

Applications for a Community Chest grant will then be reviewed by a team of judges. With around 400 applications to assess, judges will be looking for organisations that have demonstrated that they have a real need, have begun to fundraise themselves and that any money awarded will make a difference. The judges will focus on small awards of £1,500 and under, with a handful of large awards. The large awards will be shortlisted for a judges’ visit and the small awards will be judged on the merit of their application form only.

When will grants be awarded & Pub Charity Partner fundraising efforts be paid out?

All Pub Charity Partner applications will be notified as to whether they have been successful in securing a fundraising partnership during October, once our pubs teams have voted.

All Community Chest grant applications will be notified of the outcome of their application by October.  Successful organisations will be invited to attend an awards evening held in Dorset and West Sussex in the Autumn.


Previous Winners

2020 Community Chest Award Winners 2019 Western Area Winners 2019 Eastern Area Winners 2018 Western Area Winners 2018 Eastern Area Winners 2017 Western Area Winners 2017 Eastern Area Winners