South West Foundation - Community Connections

At Esmée Fairbairn we had been concerned about our capacity to reach organisations at grassroots level and support local volunteering. We supported the South West Foundation (SWF),  a regional funder with knowledge of local context and a network of connections, from 2008 to 2014 to provide a small grants programme called Community Connections. 

We are building on this successful partnership and supporting SWF with a further grant of £192,500 over five years (2015-2015) in order to continue to contribute to the Community Connections programme.

This fund is for small (charitable) voluntary and community sector organisations operating mainly in the rural areas, market and coastal towns of the South West of England and aimed at enabling people who might otherwise have difficulty in taking part in their communities to do so more easily.

For more information please visit the South West Foundation website.