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.
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.
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.
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.