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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 2021 Community Chest funding, albeit with some adaptations in recognition of the current times. 

What is the Community Chest?

The Community Chest in 2021 includes an annual pool of funds totalling £50,000 pledged by Hall and Woodhouse.

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 do I apply?

The application process will open from 5th March and close on the 7th May.

To apply please download our application form by clicking here.

Please complete the form electronically and email to:

[email protected]

What can I apply for?

Groups can apply for grants or fundraising support ranging from £400 and £4,000 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 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). 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.

What are the judges looking for?

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

Need
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?

Difference
How much more money is needed to make the project a reality?
Will a contribution of up to £4,000 enable the project to happen?

How are the grants awarded?

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?

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 the Autumn.

Previous Winners

2020 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