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Heart of Bucks, the Rothschild Foundation and The Clare Foundation are pleased to launch their Buckinghamshire Wellbeing Capacity Fund.

We are aware that COVID-19 presents a challenge to the wellbeing of Buckinghamshire residents, particularly those who have been, and will continue to be, disproportionately impacted by the virus and the related effects of the pandemic.

The successful applicant will receive a one-off grant to deliver a holistic project working to create new capacity to support wellbeing across the county and make Buckinghamshire’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic sustainable, with reach into all communities.

We expect to see partnership, collaboration and innovation in applications, but we don’t expect to see the ‘finished article’.  Rather, we hope that this Fund will support potential new ways of working for the sector that will have both immediate and longer term impact.


Grant size

£68,000 plus possible additional £5,000 for partnership working costs.


Who can apply?

Registered charities, voluntary and community groups which are based in, or operate for the benefit of, residents in Buckinghamshire. The lead applicant must be formally constituted and operate for public benefit.

Preference will be given to consortium/partnership applications of two or more local organisations.



In addition to demonstrating an holistic approach to wellbeing, projects should incorporate active engagement with at least one of the following priority groups or issues in their proposal:

– BAME groups
– ‘Green’ recovery and environmental sustainability
– Digital inclusion & accessibility
– The LGBTQ+ community
– Young people aged under 25
– Physical activity & health


How to apply

Before you consider applying, please take a minute to read through our guidance document for further information about the priorities for this fund and its terms and conditions. You can also view the application questions that you will be required to answer.

To express an interest in applying for this fund, please register here.

You will receive a link to the application form which you may then view and work on, saving your progress as you go, before finally submitting to us when you are ready.


Closing Date

The closing date for applications is 30th September 2020. Decisions are expected in mid to late October.



We recognise that working in partnership brings its own challenges and requires a greater degree of planning.

To help facilitate the multi-agency discussions that will be needed to form suitable projects, the Funders will host an open workshop. This workshop will enable organisations to meet, hear about the identified needs across the county and discuss the challenges and possible solutions. It will be an opportunity to meet other organisations with a potential interest in this project. The event details are as follows:


Wellbeing Capacity Fund Virtual Roundtable Event

Tuesday 8th September 2020, 14.00 – 16.30. Hosted by The Clare Foundation on the Zoom platform.

Please register in advance at this link:

The closing date to register is 11am on Tuesday 8th September.

If you have any questions ahead of the roundtable please contact Helen Mee on 01296 798083 or by email:


Not eligible for this fund?

Have a look at our Local Coronavirus Resource Directory for details of other local funds and help available.