Community grants - IOW

Community organisations are being funded to support local initiatives tailored to local needs.

Applications are open from 1 December 2021 until 18 March 2022

Local community groups are invited to apply for grant funding to deliver projects and activities that help provide vulnerable families with food, utilities and keeping warm. Any funding provided must be spent by 31 March 2022.

Who can apply

Organisations wishing to apply for a grant must be a registered community or voluntary sector organisation, including faith groups, holiday activity and food (HAF) providers, schools, colleges, and early years settings.

An evaluation panel will meet on a weekly basis to consider applications for funding and will contact applicants directly with the outcome of their application. Approved applications will be funded in approximately 1 week of the panel decision.

How to apply

Please read the guidance document before you complete the application form.

If your application is approved, you will need to return a signed copy of the community grant agreement.

Contact us

Community grants awarded

Name Location Overview of project Value of grant
Aspire, Ryde
Ryde Providing an after-school food and music programme for children who may not have access to a hot, healthy, nutritionally balanced meal. Offering food preparation cookery classes followed by music activities and a sit-down meal £3,045
Aspire, Ryde
Ryde The Take One, Leave One scheme helps those in need of warm clothing. Clothes rails have been left outside Aspire buildings for people who can to donate an item of warm clothing, which can be taken by those in need. It is hoped the scheme can be extended across the Island.
 Aspire, Ryde Ryde As pandemic restrictions have eased and many volunteers have returned to work, the Shop and Drop scheme provides transport to those in need of getting to the supermarket, also offering collection of shopping, prescriptions to those who continue to shield but struggle to use online delivery services. 
Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue
Islandwide Providing safe and well visits to households where a need is identified.  Winter warm packs will be provided to those identified.  Oil heaters will be provided to those where the primary source of heating is not available.  Extension lead given to residents where overloaded sockets are identified.
Cowes Town Council Cowes Providing food vouchers to families identified as in-need. 
Community Spirited café
East Cowes Assisting those in the community who are struggling with increased living costs by way of food vouchers, assistance with utility costs. Also offering a delivery service to members of the community who are self-isolating.
Age UK
Newport Delivering winter warmer support packages to older residents in need. These packages include items such as draft excluders, oil-filled radiators, heated blankets, fleeces, warm clothing and thermos mugs.  They will also install and repair boilers, white goods and smaller kitchen appliances.
Sandown Town Council
Sandown Providing a food package for local families at half-term, working in partnership with local schools, churches and other local groups
Breakfast in the Bay
Sandown Supply of cereals etc. to children in need, particularly for the February half-term period
South Wight Area Youth Partnership
Offering online, fortnightly, cookery sessions to children age 11-18 and their families, delivering the ingredients to homes who will then participate in the group cookery session
Shalfleet Primary School

Supporting some of the most vulnerable families ensuring children are warmly clothed, have warm bedding, facilities to have a warm dinner and a warm home environment over the winter months.
Yarmouth CE Primary School
Yarmouth Supporting some of the most vulnerable families ensuring children are warmly clothed, have warm bedding, facilities to have a warm dinner and a warm home environment over the winter months.

Free Food, Sandown

A cooked Christmas meal was distributed to those in crisis on Christmas Eve 2021, along with a food supermarket voucher ensuring food was available over the Christmas period.
West Wight Timebank
Newbridge Working with the Real Junk Food Project to supply short-shelf life and ambient food, fresh bread and homemade pickle / jam to local vulnerable families identified by other community organisations.
Ventnor Town Council
Providing co-op food vouchers in January and February to vulnerable households identified by local charity groups, and white goods / small household heating items to families identified by The Footprint Trust.  A weekly Luncheon club will also be established over the winter months. £24,900
Baby Box, Isle of Wight Ventnor Assisting vulnerable households on the Isle of Wight with topping-up utility key meters, purchasing and distributing food, warm clothing, bedding and essential kitchen appliances
Footprint Trust Newport Assisting vulnerable households and those in fuel poverty with the top-up of pre-pay meters, provision of energy-efficient white goods, essential household items to keep warm e.g. duvets, emergency heaters etc. and contributing towards the cost of solid fuel or LPG £53,662
Pan Together Newport Delivering meals to those in need and undertaking shopping on their behalf, where necessary. Focussing on families on the cusp of eligibility for Free School Meals and giving hot lunches to vulnerable adults. Prescription collection services also available £6,450
Isle of Wight Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus
Ryde Benefitting families affected by the disability with food hampers, food vouchers and utility bills, warm clothes and bedding
Chale Parish Council
Chale Providing food parcels and a pop-up shop to the community, in addition to assisting those in fuel poverty with top-up vouchers
YMCA Lodge Shanklin
Supporting families they have worked with over the last year with heating, clothing or food items
Isle of Wight Community Rail Partnership
Delivering food parcels to an increasing number of vulnerable families. Delivering a hot meal to isolated elderly individuals.