photo showing adults from Island Roads and Ability Dogs for Young People charity with dogs and a large cheque

Our impact

Since the Isle of Wight Foundation’s launch in 2014, we have given grants totalling more than £600,000 to worthy projects on the Island.

In 2020-21 we granted just over £73,000 to ten community projects:

Ability Dogs 4 Young People – Awarded £14,000 for a new van for an ability dog trainer to assist in transporting Ability Dogs for training.

Aspire Ryde – Awarded £6,730 for new computer equipment and furniture for a new skills hub, assisting people to earn qualifications that can help them into employment.

Bembridge Friendship Circle – Awarded £10,000 towards the cost of a new community bus with disabled access to assist socially isolated members of the community.

Care in the Garden – Awarded £7,500 for a new ride-on mower, trailer and mulcher to create more opportunities for the organisation’s supported workers out in the community.

Chillerton and Gatcombe Community Association – Awarded £3,505 to upgrade Chillerton village hall as a community facility and hub.

Isle of Wight Search and Rescue (WightSAR) – Awarded £8,000 for new search and rescue equipment and training to support its lowland search and rescue services.

Mountbatten – Awarded £6,700 for 30 laptops to support its Neighbours Remote Support initiative, which provides support to people within their own homes who are isolated or lonely and have a chronic, life-limiting or end of life illness.

The Way Forward Programme – Awarded £4,125.25 for a new fully accessible kitchen at its Newport headquarters for its clients with mobility challenges or visual impairments. The new facilities will help the organisation in its work to encourage the independence and self-worth of its customers.

Whippingham Community Association – Awarded £5,000 to upgrade the community hall’s entrance and toilet facilities, making it more accessible to all.

4Ps Training School run by Vectis Radio – Awarded £8,000 to support work helping young people to improve life chances by building their confidence and improve their communication through radio work.

Our annual reports

Find out more about the work of the Isle of Wight Foundation in our annual reports

2019-20 annual report 

2018-19 annual report

2017-18 annual report

2016-17 annual report

2015-16 annual report

2014-15 annual report

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What groups have to say about the Isle of Wight Foundation

Jan Brookes CEO Isle Access “The funding for bikes and storage facility have enabled us to create a cycling programme for people who cannot ride regular two-wheeled cycles. The people using the bikes are gaining new skills such as, confidence, balance, coordination, and they are now enjoying a sport that they previously couldn’t take part in. We are very grateful to the Foundation for funding this project.” Isle Access: £16,000 for accessible cycling equipment (social integration – community life)

Trudie Augustus-Harris Administrator YMCA Young Carers “The ‘Me Time’ project benefitted the Young Carers in a diverse amount of positive ways. It was great to be able to give them the opportunity to do something just for themselves ranging from learning a new instrument to being able to buy equipment for a new hobby that they’d always had a passion for. It really has made a positive difference to their lives. Thank you Isle of Wight Foundation!” YMCA Young Carers: £6,000 to fund individual grants to young carers (building better communities – social integration)

Luke Kerr IW Beach Soccer “Beach soccer is continually growing in popularity due to its accessibility, health and social benefits. The new goals funded by the Isle of Wight Foundation have helped to secure our future and allow us to focus on our strategy to work more closely with Island schools to give even more young people the opportunity to enjoy and benefit from beach soccer.” Isle of Wight Beach Soccer: £3,657 for new sets of goals (Access to employment – youth and citizenship)

Abbie James IW Coordinator Wave Project “The grant that we received from the IW Foundation has been pivotal in strengthening the project and has allowed us to reach even more young people. Throughout the whole process, the team at Island Roads were really helpful and super supportive. Thank you!” Wave Project: £9,750 for equipment to help vulnerable children and young people to access surf therapy sessions (Building better communities – social integration)

Chris Bagnall Wight Home Care “The new bus has made a huge difference to our members who really look forward to their trips out with the club. The new bus is larger and able to accommodate up to three wheelchair users at once, which is hugely beneficial. As well as enabling our members to do some shopping or visit an attraction, the Daisy Chain Club has important social benefits. Our members love catching up with friends – and meeting new ones – while out and about.” Wight Home Care: £15,000 to help fund a new minibus for the Daisy Chain Club (Building better communities – social integration)