Supporting our communities affected by the Covid-19 outbreak
At Severn Trent we’re committed to supporting our customers and our communities, and that’s why back in March we announced that we’d be giving £1 million to support non-profit organisations and charities that are helping our communities get through this incredibly difficult time.
We’ve already given out £500,000 in immediate donations to charities most in need of support - those helping the most vulnerable through the peak of the outbreak.
It's also really important to us to be there for charities as we all come through this, as we know that these vital support networks that people turn to in times of need are themselves likely to be struggling, and at risk of not being able to stay afloat.
So, we’ve set aside a further £500,000 for a Recovery Fund, to help charities and non-profit organisations who need a helping hand to get back on their feet as life starts getting back to normal.
To find out more, or if you’d like to be considered for support please use the button below.
Our new Community Fund
Our customers, and the communities we live and work in, are at the heart of everything we do. And that’s why, from 2020, we’re going to be giving away more than £10million over the next five years to support new projects by local charities and community groups in the Severn Trent region - helping to make a real and tangible difference in our communities.
Projects chosen by customers
The fund is overseen by a Community Fund Panel made up of our customers, who review applications on a quarterly basis, and so, ultimately, it’s you who will decide where the money will be spent.
Our Community Fund Panel will meet for the first time in March 2020 and we will be giving out our first grants to local community projects from April 2020.
How it works and who can apply
Our customers have helped us to create and shape our new community fund. We’ve spoken to lots of you to better understand your community needs, and as a result, have chosen to design our fund around improving community wellbeing.
By this we mean:
- People: Projects that help people to lead a healthier life and gain new skills
- Places: Projects that help to create better places to live in and use
- Environment: Projects that will help look after our natural environment, give people greater access to that environment or help look after water
And of course, being a water company, naturally we’d love to see applications for projects that have a connection to water too (although not essential)! This might mean creating sustainable drainage, installing grey water recycling or creating water efficient green spaces.
Applying for funding from the Severn Trent Community Fund
We’ve been astounded by how much interest our Community Fund has generated so far and how many fantastic community projects are planned across our region.
At our previous panel meeting we received over £5m worth of applications with only a limited budget to spend so, although we’d love to, unfortunately we can’t fund every application we receive. With this in mind, we’d like to make you aware that if you are applying for a large amount of money, the Panel may only choose to support 1 application from our largest funding pot per quarter.
If your organisation is registered not-for-profit, and the project you would like to fund will benefit Severn Trent customers, you may be eligible for a grant from the Severn Trent Community Fund.
You can log in to your Community Fund account to check on the progress of your existing applcation.