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We are an independent charitable foundation that connects donors to the local causes and charities they care about, and we have built investments totalling £10 million for the long term benefit of local communities across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

We specialise in awarding 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.

Over the past eight years we have distributed more than £5 million in small grants to support over 2,000 community projects for local people of all ages.

Click here to see all 2014 grants awarded 

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 high sheriff of hampshire awards 2016/17 now open


The High Sheriff Community Awards are a mark of distinction and recognition given to public servants, individual volunteers or community groups based in Hampshire, who are making a significant contribution to their communities. The focus will be on law and order related projects with a particular emphasis on those that enhance safety and cohesion in our communities. Please download your form here to make your nomination.


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FareShare in Hampshire


As part of Local Welfare Assistance (LWA), £200,000 has been invested in a scheme to help extend the reach of FareShare across Hampshire.


Community groups and organisations who provide breakfast clubs, meals, food parcels, cookery lessons etc. for vulnerable groups and low income families, can sign up to FareShare in Hampshire for a monthly fee and collect FareShare food boxes to provide nutritious food at a fraction of the retail price.


Please click here for more details.


Chief Executive Toni Shaw will be leaving the Foundation at the end of the year to pursue a new challenge. When Toni first joined HIWCF in January 2007, there were minimal free reserves to cover running costs and endowment funds were non-existent. During her first year Toni helped secure the funding of core costs and started on the growth of long term endowment funds with an initial £1.2million.... please click here for full update.

FREE CYBER-CRIME Workshop for charities

Free Cyber-Crime Workshop to help keep your charity safe, on Thursday 10th November 2016, at 9.30am-12noon, at YMCA, St John's House Winchester. Now taking bookings, please register here.


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Round 2 of the £1 million Solent Community Grants Programme provides grants of £10,000-£30,000 to organisations working in the Solent LEP area who are able to reach and work with individuals facing complex barriers to employment, enabling them to move closer to or into employment.

Apply here before 1st November 2016.