HRH The Duke Of Edinburgh

Nettlestone & Seaview Parish Council are deeply saddened to learn of the death of His Royal Highness, The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. K.G., K.T. and extend their heartfelt condolences to Her Majesty The Queen and members of the Royal Family at this time.

Funding Opportunity of £500 via ‘Magic Little Grants’

Magic Little Grants gives smaller charities and community groups the chance to apply online for a £500 grant to deliver projects across Great Britain.

In 2021, players of People’s Postcode Lottery will continue to support this successful partnership. Applications open from March 1st until October 31st.

With its simple 20-minute application process and an outcome within 6 weeks, the Magic Little Grants fund reduces the work required for grass-roots organisations to access the funding they need to launch or strengthen their services. The following criteria apply:

  • Organisations must either be in their first year of operation or have an annual income under £250,000.
  • Funding can be used to launch new projects, support existing ones, or cover core costs associated with ongoing work.

This year funding can go towards any of the below projects:

  1. Improving mental wellbeing
  2. Enabling community participation in the arts
  3. Preventing or reducing the impact of poverty
  4. Supporting marginalised groups and promoting equality
  5. Improving biodiversity and green spaces
  6. Enabling participation in physical activity
  7. Responding to the climate emergency and promoting sustainability
  8. Increasing community access to outdoor space

If your organisation is carrying out a project within these themes, make sure to get your applications in once the programme launches on 1st March 2021. The application process is short and simple, taking 10 minutes to complete. Each organisation may only apply once in 2021.

As well as receiving a Magic Little Grant, successful organisations that are new to Localgiving will also be given a free annual membership with Localgiving worth £96. This membership gives them access to all of Localgiving’s wider online fundraising services, such as regular fundraising campaigns and training.

Interested in applying?  Visit

Funding Opportunity – Isle of Wight Foundation – Grant Call 2021

Local projects that look to tackle Social Exclusion and that support people into employment may be able to benefit from the latest round of funding that has just been announced by the Isle of Wight Foundation: The Isle of Wight Foundation, is pleased to announce that the application process for the next round of grant funding from the Isle of Wight Foundation is now open for voluntary, community and not-for-profit groups in our local area.

The IW Foundation is a charitable trust, funded jointly by the partners in Island Roads, to provide grant funding and volunteering support each year to help projects on the Island to tackle social exclusion and support people into employment.

You may have seen in their recent announcements that they were delighted to award grant funding this year of between £3,000 and £16,000 to a further ten projects put forward by community and charity groups on the Island.

These projects included:-

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.

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.

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.

Mountbatten IOW (Earl Mountbatten Hospice)

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.

WightSAR (Isle of Wight Search & Rescue)

Awarded £8,000 for new search and rescue equipment and training to support its lowland search and rescue services.

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.

Vectis Radio’s 4Ps Training School

Awarded £8,000 to support work helping young people to improve life chances by building their confidence and improve their communication through radio work.

This means that more than £550,000 has now been donated to Island-based good causes since the launch of the IW Foundation.

Now, as it enters its eighth year, the Foundation is once again making up to £80,000 available to support local community projects with, on average, grants of between £3,000 and £16,000.  Grants will be awarded at the end of 2021, with funding commencing at the beginning of 2022.  Successful organisations also receive support from an Island Roads employee, who volunteers their time to help their organisation in the planning and delivery of their project.

Unfortunately, the Foundation is unable to provide funding to statutory bodies so  Town and Parish Councils cannot apply for, or be granted the funds directly; however, we can be involved in nominating or supporting an application from a local group.

They are particularly looking for projects that help people to access employment (e.g. through providing training, qualifications and support or tackling mobility issues which can limit access to employment), or projects which help bring communities together through improving citizenships (e.g. giving people – young or old who are disadvantaged, the encouragement and confidence to play an active role in society).

Whilst they prefer to support capital projects that tend to be larger and make more of a longer-term impact, they are happy to consider other applications e.g. for revenue funding provided the projects meet the grant criteria.  They are also happy to accept applications from groups with existing projects, as long as they can demonstrate that the funding will enable them to extend their services to benefit more people in the community.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on 7 May 2021.

If you would like more information on the Isle of Wight Foundation and details of how groups in our community can apply, please visit The FAQ section may be particularly useful.

Census 2021 – Advice on participation from the Isle of Wight Council

Households across the Isle of Wight will soon be asked to take part in Census 2021.

The census is a once-in-a-decade survey that gives the Office for National Statistics the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales. It has been carried out every decade since 1801, with the exception of 1941.

It will be the first run predominantly online, with households receiving a letter with a unique access code, allowing them to complete the questionnaire on their computers, phones or tablets.

“A successful census will ensure everyone from local government to charities can put services and funding in the places where they are most needed,” said Iain Bell, deputy national statistician at the Office for National Statistics.

“This could mean things like doctors’ surgeries, schools and new transport routes. That’s why it is so important everyone takes part and we have made it easier for people to do so online on any device, with help and paper questionnaires for those that need them.”

Census day will be on March 21, but households across the country will receive letters with online codes allowing them to take part from early March.

The census will include questions about your sex, age, work, health, education, household size and ethnicity. And, for the first time, there will be a question asking people whether they have served in the armed forces, as well as voluntary questions for those aged 16 and over on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Results will be available within 12 months, although personal records will be locked away for 100 years, kept safe for future generations.

There’s lots of information available if you would like to find out more about the Census in advance at but, also please feel free to contact Ursula Dowd, census engagement manager, Isle of Wight on 07452 936794 or email [email protected] – You can still fill in a paper copy if required – Contact Ursula or check on the IWC Site HERE