Working with Government

HIWCF manages charitable funding and grants programmes on behalf of both national and local government. We ensure that grants are distributed efficiently and effectively to support the services and resources of charities, community groups and voluntary organisations across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

Trust Transfers

HIWCF works closely with local councils across the region to transfer the management of older and dormant charitable trusts. We revitalise these trusts to ensure that grants can continue to be made in line with the wishes and objectives of those who originally established the legacy. The Foundation now manages a number of older trust funds transferred from Hampshire County Council and Portsmouth County Council, meaning that support can continue to be offered to local people in areas such as music scholarships, talented athletes, help for children leaving care and recognition for young people producing outstanding school work.

Mayoral Charitable Giving

The Foundation supports local mayors with their charitable giving and annual fundraising programmes, to help a range of fantastic local projects and charitable causes. We are able to support incoming mayors with the establishment of a mayoral legacy fund, which will not only celebrate the mayors year in office but also provide for future generations of vulnerable residents in the mayors town or city for years to come.

National Funding For Our Communities

Working in partnership with our umbrella organisation UK Community Foundations, HIWCF is able to channel national government funding into Hampshire and Isle of Wight communities. We have recently administered grant-programmes on behalf of the Department for Digital Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) for the following funds:

  • Tampon Tax Community Fund supporting disadvantaged women and girls
  • #iwill Fund encouraging young people to be pro-active in their communities
  • National Emergencies Trust helping local people impacted by coronavirus

Match-funding Schemes

Match-funding schemes enable our partners, donors and fundholders to access match money provided by Government, significantly boosting funds and enabling grant-making to achieve greater impact. As an example, HIWCF previously received EU funding worth £880,000 through a successful bid to the European Social Fund. Known as the Solent Supporting Employment Programme, this fund was set up to tackle local employability issues in the region. The programme was generously match-funded by Hampshire County Council, Portsmouth City Council, Southampton City Council and also HIWCF donors, establishing a £1.76 fund to benefit deprived communities.