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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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Thank you to all those who nominated local community groups and charities for a Hampshire High Sheriff Community Award. Nominations are now closed and announcements will be made shortly.

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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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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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UK Community Foundations appoints fabian french as chief executive

French, director of fundraising and retail at Marie Curie Cancer care, will join the umbrella body in march read more

Mark Carney talks at UKCF Symposium

Mark Carney

Vital Signs 

The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Vital Signs report is officially launched. Please read it, share it and let us have your comments. 

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Annual Report and Accounts Please download a copy here


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

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