The Neighbourhood Fund

We play a critical role in the region and through our Neighbourhood Fund we will build on our work to support the lives of people and the places they love for generations to come.

The Neighbourhood Fund is all about supporting our local community. There will be £100,000-a-year funding available for neighbourhood community groups which inspire physical activities, education, health and wellbeing and deliver positive environmental outcomes.


The type of projects we're funding....

  1. Protect nature and the environment for the benefit of community health and well-being
  2. Providing new opportunities for people to learn and develop
  3. Assisting local projects which bring communities together, virtually or physically – when safe to do so
  4. Supporting the upkeep of local neighbourhood centres and facilities to keep communities strong


How the Fund works


Funding criteria

Projects must meet one of the key requirements:

  • People: Supporting projects that helps communities and each other stay connected, promote well-being and skills development
  • Community: Supporting projects that mean the most to our customers creating better places to live in and use.
  • Environment: Supporting projects that will help look after our natural environment now and for future generations.


Funding available

The amount in the Fund every year is £100,000. 

£0 - £1,000

For this level of funding projects can be submitted by local community groups.

£1,000 - £5,000

For this level of funding projects must meet the funding criteria outlined above and be a registered organisation.


Once the amount of funding available in the Fund is awarded we'll not be able to consider any further applications within the same year. South West Water reserves the right to stop the Fund at any point. We will update our website to make it clear when the cap is reached, or if the Fund is stopped.

This Fund is also available to South West Water customers, it is on South West Water's website and will be promoted by South West Water.

Applications submitted by 20 April 2021 will be reviewed for funding at our first quarterly meeting, held in May 2021.

Who can apply


The project must be located within our service area, and funding is available to non-profit organisations only.

Organisations eligible for funding for over £1,000:

  • School, college or academy
  • Voluntary or community organisation
  • Registered charity
  • Constituted group or club
  • Not-for-profit company or Community Interest Company

Funding under £1,000 is available for local community groups such as; cricket club, allotment group, scout group, garden club etc.

To find out if your organisation, and community, is in our service area, click here.



What we can fund


  • Equipment hire and purchase
  • Building materials
  • Skills and training
  • Employee salaries for time dedicated to working directly on the project
  • Professional fees i.e builders or design agency


What we can't fund:

  • Applications submitted from a person aged under 18 years old
  • Commercial businesses that make a profit (e.g. limited company, sole trader)
  • Individuals
  • Organisations and projects based outside of our service area
  • Projects where we are not the majority funder and will require further funding to complete
  • Retrospective costs – we will only fund new projects
  • Projects with a political or religious purpose*
  • Projects that have been unsuccessful with their application in the same financial year

*We can fund religious organisations if their project benefits the wider community and doesn’t include religious content.



Application process


Please see our funding flowchart to see the process for applications. Applications can be submitted all year round.


For all proposals we will carry out:

  • Eligibility checks
  • Assess the funding criteria have been met


Following initial checks our internal team will review applications from community organisations for smaller projects, under £1,000. Our internal team will approve or reject funding for these projects on a monthly basis. Applications for funding above £1,000 will go to our judging panel for a final decision.


Our judging panel will be a mixture of our own employees, they will meet quarterly to approve, or reject applications.


All applications will need to agree to our privacy policy and grant agreement to be eligible for funding. Applications and personal data will be deleted after 12 months in order to track all successful or unsuccessful submissions in the financial year.


If your project is successful



If your project has been successful we'll send a letter to let you know, and we’ll send our Community Fund Application Agreement for you to sign. You’ll need to sign and return the Agreement within fourteen days. In the Agreement we'll outline the total Grant awarded and when you’ll receive it. We do not have an appeal process for unsuccessful applications, and we don’t accept resubmissions within the same year.


We would like you to keep us up to date with the progress of the project. Once the project is completed you will need to provide a report to us. The report will help us track the project’s success and assess if it has met the funding criteria.



The Neighbourhood Fund online application

Have a question about the Fund?

If you're struggling to upload your application, or if you'd like to speak to one of our people about this Fund, please email