The Causes We Support

Our grant-making programmes support a wide range of community projects for all ages, and include those that help with the following issues:

  • Tackling poverty
  • Helping families in crisis
  • Supporting people with mental health needs
  • Supporting people with disabilities
  • Preventing isolation and loneliness
  • Providing support for homeless people
  • Assisting people into employment, training or education

Take a look at some of our case studies to see how grants are helping local people in need:

Deprived Communities

We are extremely fortunate to live and work in the beautiful and prosperous area of southern England. However, we know that pockets of deprivation exist in some local communities, which are as severe as any of those in the northern cities.

We specialise in identifying and supporting these deprived communities, which are found not only within Portsmouth and Southampton, but also in many areas across our region.

How we support local people in need

The Foundation relies on the generosity of families, individuals, businesses, charitable trusts, local government and national government agencies to facilitate social improvement through community grant programmes.

At the heart of the Foundation is a £15 million endowment fund, built for the long-term benefit of local communities. Since 2006 this has helped us to award grants worth over £13 million to support over 4,000 worthy causes across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

Our grants support the vital services, projects and resources of local charities, voluntary groups and community organisations, which work extremely hard to help disadvantaged and vulnerable people across our area. We prioritise the smaller organisations where a grant of a few hundred pounds can make a real difference to people’s lives.


Our History

The Foundation was incorporated as a company limited by guarantee in September 2002 (company number 4534462), and became a registered charity in September 2003 (registration 1100417). The organisation began operating in 2005, with our first grants awarded during 2006.