Small grants that help make the local environment better

The Conservation Foundation and Wessex Water celebrated a 25-year partnership which made over a thousand awards throughout the water company’s region. Through extension of the scheme we also helped fund community water pumps to cut down on single use plastic drinking bottles. Refill water bottle station were set up in community halls, village cross roads and schools throughout the Wessex Water region.

Any enquiries should now be made directly to Wessex Water at



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How did the Watermarks help?
From sustainable technology and bird sanctuaries to sensory gardens and marine research, the Watermark’s supported a wide range of applications and looked for projects that had a tangible outcome and supported the community and environment within the Wessex Water region. During The Conservation Foundation’s partnership with Wessex Water 1,000 Wessex Watermark Awards were given to community projects: see a few of these in the video.
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Does your company want to build community links? 
The Wessex Watermark Awards were The Conservation Foundation’s longest running project.  Over the years hundreds of local community projects have received help, sometimes more than once, with grants towards environmental schemes of all kinds involving all age groups and interests.  The awards have helped company personnel to visit and build relationships with a large number of local people and organisations.
What is the Wessex Water region?
Watermarks can only be applied for by schools, parish councils or community organisations within the region served by Wessex Water. For full details please visit the link below.
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We’ve also helped companies such as o2 and the Ford Motor Company build powerful and effective community environment programmes.
The Foundation welcomes other companies who could make funding available to us to create and manage more schemes either for a particular geographical region of interest group.