About Us

Severn Trent Community Fund

How to apply

When you can apply

Our Community Fund is always open for applications. If you are aiming for review at a specific panel, please try to submit your application in good time. If we need more information about your project and the application has been submitted close to the deadline, there may not be enough time to help you gather this. In such cases, we may need to delay the consideration of your application to the following panel.

We can’t allow grant money to sit untouched, so your project must start within 3 months of the grant offer date. 

Panel and application dates


Submit your application by

We’ll let you know the outcome by

May 2024

Tuesday 9 April 2024

1 June 2024

August 2024

Wednesday 10 July 2024

1 September 2024

November 2024

Sunday 13 October 2024

1 December 2024

February 2025

Sunday 12 January 2025

1 March 2025


Submit your application by

We’ll let you know the outcome by

March 2024

Sunday 11

February 2024

1 April 2024

June 2024

Sunday 12 May 2024

1 July 2024

September 2024

Sunday 11 August 2024

1 October 2024

December 2024

Sunday 10

November 2024

1 January 2025

If your application is successful or unsuccessful

Provide us with reports and updates on your project

We can’t wait to hear how your project is progressing and see it completed, so there will be some required monitoring.

We expect all successful applicants to provide us with at least one interim report and a final completion report.

For the biggest grants, we may ask for multiple reports.

Complete your project on time

For all grant sizes, you must start your project within 3 months of the award date.

For grants up to £10,000, you must complete your project within 12 months.

For applications of more than £10,001, we allow up to 24 months for project completion.

Extensions may be given in exceptional cases, but these cannot be guaranteed. Requests may need to be taken to vote at a Community Fund Panel meeting. 

What to do if you project is delayed or encounters problems

If you project runs into difficulties, please don’t panic!

If you need help or support, get in touch with us as soon as possible. The earlier you can tell us about a potential problem, the more likely we will be able to help.

Applications for other projects

We will happily consider future projects for funding once your funded project is completed, all required monitoring has been received, and at least 12 months have passed since the date on your previous grant offer letter.

We cannot, however, provide more funding for the same project you have already received funding from us for.

If your application is unsuccessful you are welcome to reapply to the Community Fund with a different project.

We only reject applications with good reason so if you want to re-apply with a different project, please take the time to understand why your application was not successful. We really would not want to disappoint you again. 

Our Fund Officers are always available to discuss further applications with you.



Before you apply


Read our guide

This guidance provides you with everything you need to know about applying for the Fund. You may find it handy to refer back to throughout the process.


Check your eligibility

Before you apply, please check both your project and organisation are eligible to apply to our Fund


Check your project fits our aims

Our Community Fund is focused on improving community wellbeing. Ideally, we’re looking for projects that are unique, have a genuine community need, and stand out as having a real impact on improving community wellbeing. Not sure if your project is the right fit? Speak to one of our Fund Officers at communityfund@severntrent.co.uk.


Grant use

Check whether you can use the grant to pay for your proposed costs.

Unfortunately, there are some costs we cannot fund, so please ensure you check before applying. You
can find a full list of eligible and ineligible costs in our guidance document.


Correct documentation

Ensure you have the correct documentation handy whilst you fill out your application. Check what you’ll need in our guidance document.


Get planning permission

If your project involves capital works, you will need to fill out our project consent form before you apply.


Secure any match funding

We want to maximise our impact when we support projects and that’s why, if you are applying for more than £10,000, you must provide at least 10% financial match funding. You’ll need to have this match funding secured before applying. 


Check your timescales

Check your timescales fit with ours.

Our panel dates can be found at the top of this page.

We recommend that you allow a minimum of five months between submitting your application and project start date to allow time for processing and decision making. More details can be found in our guidance document.


Speak with one of our Fund Officers

Our dedicated Fund Officers are happy to discuss any project ideas before you apply, chat through the application
process with you and answer any questions you have. Contact us at communityfund@severntrent.co.uk to arrange Fund Officer support.



Getting help with your application

Our Fund Officers are here to support you at all stages of the application process.

Please email us if you'd like Fund Officer support or call our Community Fund Administrator on 07866158208.

We’ve put together a guidance document for anyone who would like assistance with their application.

To help you plan your application, you can view the application questions, please remember you will need to fill out the online application form to apply.

Contact the Community Fund team

Our Community Fund team work tirelessly to ensure you have a fantastic experience during the application process.

If you have any feedback about the process, you’d like to ask a question about your application, or if you’d like to raise an issue, you can email the Community Fund team. We’ll endeavour to get back to you within three working days.