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HIWCF is an independent charitable foundation dedicated to connecting donors with the local causes and charities they care about.

HIWCF are part of a national network of currently 46 accredited community foundations and 7 non-accredited associations across the UK who play a leading role in the development of local philanthropy to sustain voluntary action within our communities. Collectively the network has already encouraged the growth of community owned endowments to £380m on behalf of over 15,000 donors. As part of this there are 3,323 funds, which including flowthrough funds totals £419m. In 2012-13 almost 20,000 grants totalling £60m were awarded to groups across the UK.

HIWCF has built a local endowment of £7.6m and awarded nearly £5m in small grants to approximately 2000 local community groups and charities. 

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.

We are proud to have made a difference to the lives of over 500,000 people living in our local communities across Hampshire & Isle of Wight.

Click here to see a 2013 Map of all grants awarded

Find out how your local community measures up. Click here to read your local authority profile

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WCC Kickstarter

In a joint initiative between HIWCF, Winchester City Council and Winchester Area Community Action, WCC provided funding to cover a year's subscription fees for seven community groups to join Localgiving.com

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Ryde Saints Visit Man U

The Red Funnel Travel Voucher Scheme got the Ryde Saints Youth team started on their inspirational journey from the Isle of Wight to Lancashire and the home of sporting giants...

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Young Mums Matter

Young Mums Matter provides a weekly workshop where teenage and young mothers (aged 16 - 24) learn skills that enable them to live more independently by improving their life skills...

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Lockswood Petanque

The newly formed Indoor Petanque Academy is a fledgling organisation which is now in its eight month. Our organisation was set up to meet clear aims - the most important of these being to introduce the sport of petanque to all ages and abilitities...

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HIWCF would like to extend a special thank you to Coffin Mew for their continued support by facilitating board and trustee meeting rooms during 2014.  

Vital Signs Survey

Thank you to all those who participated in our survey. The survey is now closed, however you can see the results on the 7th October 2014 when our official Vital Issues report is launched.

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HIWCF achieve QA3 accreditation from UK Community Foundations, our achievement is benchmarked to standards endorsed by the Charity Commission. 

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Annual Review 2013 

Click below to read our annual review 2013

 Annual Review 2013

Linkenholt Countryside Adventure

A beautiful site in Hampshire owned by the Blagrave Trust is available for schools, youth groups and charities to use.  The site is set within a 2000 acre estate offering real peace and tranquility.  There is a modern building with kitchen, hot showers, toilets and enough tables and chairs to seat 50 people. Or you may prefer to roam in the beautiful countryside and set up some tents!  It is heavily subsidized by Blagrave. To find out more  visit the website or have a look at the brochure.

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