Community Grants From Southern Water

Our new Customer and Community Grants scheme is now live on our website


From our website you can explore two different levels of community funding available:


  • Level 1 – Registered charities can apply to become one of our five regional charity partners applying for funding between £10K-£20K. Closing date for applications 30th May.
  • Level 2 – Registered and non-registered charities, community groups, social enterprises, CIC’s and can apply for funding in a quarterly cycle of decision making for grants throughout this year for funds between £1K-£8K. Closing dates on the website for each funding cycle.


Applications are via the forms on our website (please note the forms must be completed in one go and all questions are visible to enable preparing the information) and you will also find FAQ;s for each category.


We welcome applications from regional charities and community partners who would benefit from financial support to deliver sustainable projects that are aligned with our company purpose, which is – to provide Water for Life to:

  • enhance health and wellbeing
  • protect and improve the environment
  • sustain the economy

The following list shows some examples of the types of projects which we are looking to support:

Enhance health and wellbeing

  • Supporting mental health services
  • Promoting healthy lifestyle choices
  • Supporting access and enjoyment of blue/green spaces
  • Championing diversity in our communities and reducing social isolation

Protect and improve the environment

  • Re-wilding projects, encouraging bio-diversity and wildlife
  • Supporting clean beaches and promoting safe water use
  • Protecting rivers, ponds and streams
  • Encouraging sustainable watering practices for our communities

Sustain the economy

  • Championing better equality and inclusion in our communities
  • Reducing barriers to employment across all age groups
  • Raising aspirations and mentoring projects for young people
  • Supporting those experiencing hardship as a result of the pandemic

We will be running a series of virtual seminars to help applicants understand the funding criteria and application process and decision making timelines on:


Virtual Community Grant Application Seminars:

Wednesday 12 May 6pm- 7pm

Tuesday 18 May –  2pm -3pm

Monday 24 May 4pm -5pm


If you have any further questions or to sign up to the seminars please contact [email protected]


Many thanks and good luck with your application.

New discretionary grant scheme launched for Island businesses

New discretionary grant scheme launched for Island businesses

More Island businesses will be able to access further grant funding from today (Wednesday 14 April) as the Isle of Wight Council launches its latest Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) scheme.

The government has allocated the council a further £852,000 of discretionary funding to support businesses severely impacted by COVID-19, but which are not eligible for the previously announced Restart Grants.

This could include businesses in the supply chain for non-essential retail and the hospitality sector, businesses operating from domestic rated properties, such as bed and breakfast accommodation, and the self-employed not operating from premises, such as taxi drivers and mobile personal care (hairdressing etc).

As before, applications are via a downloadable application form available on the council’s website — see here. Detailed guidance about the scheme is also available on the website.

Chris Ashman, the council’s director of regeneration, said: “Over the past 12 months the council’s economic development team has distributed nearly £7 million worth of discretionary grants, processing more than 1,370 payments to support Island businesses.

“With this extra funding from government, we are now able to distribute further funds to these important Island companies to help jump start the Island’s economy as we come out of the lockdown.”

He added: ”Our allocated funds are smaller than for the previous schemes the council has run, so applicants are urged to apply swiftly as we are having to run the scheme on a first come, first served basis and we anticipate a high demand.”

The ARG scheme is separate to the Restart Grants for ratepaying businesses announced in the government budget of 3 March and which are due to be paid shortly.

Questions For The Q&A Session With the Leader of the IWC on March 3rd 2021 – UPDATE 13.04.21

Members of the Isle of Wight Council (including the Leader of the Isle of Wight Council – Cllr David Stewart) will be taking part in a Q&A session with the members of the Nettlestone and Seaview Parish Council. The Public have been contributing questions to the list and it is now published here: CLICK HERE FOR QUESTIONS – questions are identified as being contributed by a Councillor (CLLR) or Member Of the Public (MOP). Questions 1,2,3,13 and 19 are too long to fit in a spreadsheet cell so can be seen by hovering the mouse over the red triangles that can be seen in column C.

*** UPDATE *** 13.04.21 ****

The Responses from the Isle of Wight Council can now be found here: Copy of NS Parish council questions answers

A Plea From Nettlestone Primary School

Help Us to Win a Shade Sail!
It’s competition time at Nettlestone Primary School as A&S Landscape, a supplier of Covered MUGAs, is giving away a shade sail to one school. This sail would be hugely important to us as a school and would be based in the early years outdoor area. To win this competition we have to collect the most votes!
Once you have voted, please spread the message on friends, parents and supplier’s websites as well as social media to help us win!A Shade Sail