Zurich Community Trust local grant programme in Fareham, Hampshire

If your organisation is based within 25 miles of our office in Fareham (Whiteley) in Hampshire, and if you help to improve the quality of life of disadvantaged people, we may be able to help you. 

We are able to give small grants of up to £3,000 to small local charities. Last year we gave out grants totalling £90,00 addressing a wide range of issues.

For a snapshot of some of the Hampshire organisations we currently support please click here to download our flyer or on the image on the left.



When to apply in 2017


Grant application window is now OPEN from 1 August - 30 September 2017

There are two grant application windows during 2017 and those who applied during the March-April window will have already heard about the decisions made.

Those organisations meeting our overall eligibility and our geographical eligibility criteria may now apply for a grant online by clicking on this link http://zct.force.com/LocalGrant . Due to a large increase in grant applications, we will only consider applications from organisations who have not applied for two years.

BEFORE starting to complete the form, please take the time to read through all the questions to make sure you have all the required details to hand.  It is not possible to save the form as you are completing it, so this is essential.


Supporting documents - please ensure you have your latest Annual Report and Accounts (in Word, pdf or other emailable format) to submit along with the form - you will be prompted to email these at the end of the application process.  


PLEASE NOTE you will be unable to submit the form without attaching the supporting document(s).

Once you have completed the form please click on the 'Submit application' button at the bottom of the form to email this and the supporting documentation to the Zurich Community Trust team.  




For advice about the application process or to talk through your particular grant application, please contact Kerry Chambers on 07841 562892 or email kerry.chambers@uk.zurich.com.


The Grants Committee give careful consideration to all applications. However, the demand for grants nearly always exceeds the amount of funds available. This means that some good applications, whilst meeting our criteria, still have to be rejected.

What we don't fund

If you are seeking support for a project on the list of exclusions below, please click on the link Suggestions for other sources of funds:

  • Applications by an individual for any purpose or on behalf of an individual e.g. personal medical equipment, expeditions, exchanges, or study tours
  • Medical research
  • Statutory organisations including mainstream schools and hospitals - unless exclusively for a special needs group
  • Playgroups and mother and toddler groups - unless exclusively for special needs
  • Sports clubs, and Community clubs - unless exclusively for special needs or disadvantaged children
  • Scouts, Girl Guides, Cadets  and other similar organisations - unless exclusively for special needs or disadvantaged children
  • Animal welfare charities
  • Conservation or environmental projects - unless primarily involving disadvantaged people
  • Political organisations or those supporting military action.
  • Organisation that promote religious beliefs
  • Fundraising events and secondary grant giving including appeals or events for national charities
  • Advertising or sponsorship connected with charitable activities.


We run a number of programmes to enable employees to share their time and/or business skills with their local community.  All bring tremendous benefits to the voluntary organisations and the people they work with. We may be able to help you too.

Listed below are some of the things we do:

  • Annual Challenge - mainly practical one-off projects, which teams of staff can take up. For example, decorating, DIY, day trips or gardening.
  • Skillshare - short term projects, taking typically 10 hours, and where staff share their business skills in areas such as marketing, HR, finance and IT.
  • Need Trustees? - we encourage staff to take up these positions in our Zurich Cares programmes. Also, to take up positions as school governors in special needs schools or schools in disadvantaged areas.

Contact Kerry Chambers on 07841 562892 or email kerry.chambers@uk.zurich.com about requests for funding or volunteering and we may be able to help.