Wimbledon Foundation Community Fund Grant

London Community Foundation

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Grant amount: £500 - £5,000

Next anticipated deadline: Feb 13, 2020

Later anticipated deadlines: Sep 23, 2020 9:00am PDT

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: United Kingdom

Location of residency: United Kingdom

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The Wimbledon Foundation is the charity of the All England Lawn Tennis Club and The Championships. The Foundation builds on the success of an extensive programme of community and charitable activities over a number of years. 

The London Community Foundation is again delighted to manage the Wimbledon Foundation Community Fund. The purpose of the Fund is to benefit the community and provide support for local organisations to meet local needs in the boroughs of Merton and Wandsworth.

Fund Themes 

Organisations will be able to apply for funding towards work that focuses on meeting local needs through addressing one or more of the following themes: 

  • Projects which improve mental and physical health and well-being     
  • Projects which address education, training and employability needs     
  • Projects which address poverty, disadvantage and isolation     
  • Projects which encourage community cohesion and improve inter-community relationships (including inter-generational activities)

Through their proposals, the Wimbledon Foundation Community Fund encourages organizations to show how they will: 

  • interact with the community, and where possible, improve inter-community relationships and cohesion
  • Engage individuals and groups with the greatest social needs
  • Build connections across the two boroughs, Merton and Wandsworth
  • Assist their beneficiaries to become active citizens in the community
  • Sustain their project beyond any grant award from this Fund
  • Provide potential progression routes for some or all of the project beneficiaries after the grant funding period has ended. 

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • The fund is open to organizations based in Merton or Wandsworth
    • Please note that organizations that are located outside of the two boroughs are unlikely to be prioritized for funding. If applying, these groups must demonstrate previous experience of delivering work in either of the two boroughs, and have key local partnerships in place. 
  • Not-for-profit organizations including Charities, Charitable Incorporated Organizations (CIOs), Community and Voluntary Organizations, Community Interest Companies (not CICs Limited by Shares) and Social Enterprises may apply. 
  • Your organization will need to have the following elements in place prior to application:
    • A governing document, i.e. a constitution
    • An active management committee of at least three people (who are not related)
    • Annual Accounts or an Income & Expenditure (I&E) Sheet for your last financial period for smaller groups. 
      • For new groups with no income, please provide an I&E forecast, and a bank statement. 
    • A bank account int he name of the group, with at least two unrelated signatories
    • A safeguarding policy if working with children and/or vulnerable adults. 


  • Priority will be given to organisations supporting the following beneficiary groups:
    • Disability groups
    • Young people
    • BAME groups
    • Older people
    • Unemployed, those claiming out of work benefits
  • Although there is no income threshold imposed for the applicant organization, the fund may give priority to smaller, locally-based organizations within the two boroughs. 


  • Costs which are not a priority for the fund: 
    • core costs such as: salary costs, rent of office (Rather than project venue); utilities; or non-project operational costs. If requesting core costs, organizations must demonstrate how these costs will help you delivery our project and meet your outcomes. 
    • Capital costs including equipment is not a major focus of the Fund. We are unable to fund maintenance or building related costs that do not demonstrate clear community impact or link to the fund criteria. We are not able to fund or contribute towards capital appeals. Requests which are solely for equipment or items are not a priority for the fund. 
    • One-off events or activities. We are keen to support projects which encourage longer-term participation and benefits, therefore one-off events are not a priority for the fund. IF you are unsure whether your proposed project and/or the expenditure requested meets the aims of the Fund, please contact us prior to submitting your application. 
  • A grant cannot be used to fund: 
    • Statutory organizations, such as local authorities and schools
    • Any party political activity
    • Purely commercial ventures
    • Any religious activities or promotion of religious beliefs
    • Spending that has already taken place
    • Building/capital costs that do not demonstrate clear community impact nor link to the fund criteria
    • Individual sponsorship.