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We are delighted to manage the Wimbledon Foundation Community Fund (WFCF). The fund has been set up to benefit the community and provide support for local organisations to meet local needs in the boroughs of Merton and Wandsworth.
If you'd like to understand more about the fund please take a look at the summary information below, and the guidelines for the last funding round by clicking on the buttons below or at the top right hand side of the screen.
The Wimbledon Foundation will be hosting a 'Meet the Funder' session in August (date to be confirmed) where you can ask questions about your application. In the meantime, you can catch up on a previous session at the bottom of the page.
All organisations applying for funding should be seeking to deliver work which tackles social needs and supports local people facing disadvantage.
Applicant organisations should aim to achieve the above fund objective by addressing one or more of the following themes:
- Projects which improve mental health and wellbeing
- Projects which provide access to learning, training and employment skills
- Projects which improve access to advocacy, specialist support and advice for vulnerable groups
- Projects which encourage participation in the community
For examples of projects that might be funded through WFCF, please see page 6 of the fund guidelines.
Groups based in Merton and Wandsworth are eligible to apply. Although there is no income threshold imposed for the applicant organisation, the fund may give priority to smaller, locally-based organisations within the two boroughs.
We welcome applications from organisations supporting any groups facing disadvantage including:
- Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic groups
- Disability groups
- LGBTQIA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex, asexual, +)
- Young people
- People not in education, employment or training
- Older people
In this round, priority will again be given to new applicants to the fund and those who haven't received a past Wimbledon Foundation grant. We do also encourage applications from past WFCF grant recipients.
‘Get Set, Get Active’
Please note that WFCF cannot fund sports, dance or physical activity projects. The Wimbledon Foundation supports sporting, dance and physical activity projects through its 'Get Set, Get Active' programme. This will open for applications on 8th January 2024. Please visit the Wimbledon Foundation website for details.
Projects which have physical activity as a small element of their work, such as youth groups, can apply for funding through WFCF as long as the costs applied for are not related to the delivery of the physical activity.
Organisations can apply for a grant of up to £10,000 for one year.
Who may apply?
Eligible Legal Structures – there must be a signed governing document in place appropriate to the legal structure which includes an asset lock (or equivalent clause), and the purpose of all funded activities must be charitable (not for profit):
- Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO)
- Company Limited by Guarantee (CLG) - may also be registered as a Charity or a Community Interest Company Limited by Guarantee (CICLG)
- Unincorporated Association
- Community Benefit Societies (CBS). Ideally, the CBS will also be registered as charitable with HMRC, however, this is not essential.
How to apply
- To apply to this fund, please take a look at the fund guidelines, application form guidance and our core eligibility criteria by clicking on the buttons below or at the top right hand side of the screen and then clicking on the relevant 'Apply now' button.
- Monday 11th September 2023 @ 12noon (for projects from January 2024 onwards). Decisions will be released by 15th December 2023.
If you have any questions about this fund, please contact us on 020 7582 5117 or at email@example.com
Meet the funder
We're holding a 'Meet The Funder' workshop - in conjunction with Merton Connected - at 2pm to 4pm on Thursday 24th August. You can register for this session below:
If you can't make this session, you can catch up on a 'Meet The Funder' workshop we hosted for the previous round of the fund here: