Funding body information

Swindon Borough Council

Swindon Borough Council
Civic Offices
Euclid Street
01793 445500

Point of contact:

Grants Team, 01793 466124,


Swindon Borough Council currently runs two grant schemes for voluntary sector organisations:

Main Community Grants Fund

Applications for the main Grants Fund can be up to £1000 and can be used to support events/projects in Swindon, of which £250 can be used to support things like helping with running expenses or printing newsletters.

There is a central pot available for town-wide events and projects with remaining funding being delegated to the seven localities for Swindon Borough Councillors to approve.

The application form can be downloaded at the following link.

New Shoots Grants

For Swindon residents or informal groups who have an idea for a project which will benefit their local community, there is a New Shoots grant which has its own application form. The maximum grant available to an individual or new group is £200.

The application form can be downloaded at the following link.

For 2015-2016 grants, the dates for the final submission of applications are as follows:

  • Tuesday, 30 June 2015
  • Wednesday, 30 September 2015
  • Thursday, 31 December 2015

Each application must have the support of a local Councillor.

For more information, advice and contact details relating to grants, please visit the Community Grants page of the council website.

Many local authorities are now moving away from grant-making and beginning to use commissioning as a way to distribute funding to the third sector. Local commissioners can be difficult to find and identify, however NAVCA have created a guide that may help: 'Finding your Commissioner'

Useful organisations:

Voluntary Action Swindon:

Empower Swindon:

A community organisation that exists to help citizens of Swindon engage with public sector agencies, voice their opinions and influence service delivery:

Charities Information Bureau South West:

Provides information, advice, support and training on charitable funding and charity registration and regulation:

The funding information that is available is clear and concise. The website is easy to navigate. Lots of help and advice is available and the funding schemes are accessible and wide-ranging, with simple application procedures and guidelines.

Contact details are also given for the Contract and Commissioning Officer who deals with all enquiries relating to the grant programmes.

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