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.
Our first annual Community Fund Review is now available to view, this looks back at the amazing causes we've supported over the last 12 months.
Projects chosen by customers
The fund is overseen by a Community Fund Panel made up of our customers who review applications and so, ultimately, it’s our customers who decide where the money goes.
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
We seek to fund projects that link to these key elements of community wellbeing - with favourability shown to projects that ideally lie within a ‘sweet spot’ that incorporates all three. If you’re applying for over £75,000, please note that a combination of all three of these themes is necessary to be eligible.
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.
Types of projects we're looking for
We’re ideally looking for projects that are unique, have a genuine community need, and stand out as having a real impact on improving community wellbeing.
To give you an idea of the types of projects that are funded, take a look at some of the projects we’ve funded so far.
Before applying, we encourage all interested applicants to discuss their project idea with one of our dedicated Fund Officers. We can tell you if it’s a good fit for our aims and what to expect with the application process, just feel free to get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
We’re currently one of a few funders open to non-COVID-19 related projects, so we’re seeing a higher demand than usual for our fund. Although we’d love to unfortunately we can’t fund every application we receive, so we’re having to prioritise the projects with the strongest fit to our criteria.
With this in mind, we’d also like to make you aware that if you are applying for our largest funding pot, our Customer Panel are only able to fund a handful of these each year.
You can log in to your Community Fund account to check on the progress of your existing applcation.
Supporting our communities through the Coronavirus pandemic
In 2020 we donated £1 million through our Coronavirus Emergency Fund to over 300 fantastic non-profit organisations and charities that were helping our communities get through such an incredibly difficult time.
We know though that the impacts of the pandemic are still being felt by many charities and organisations who are continuing to deliver vital services to our communities. So, we’re continuing our support in 2021 and allocating some of our Community Fund to support with Coronavirus recovery.