Small grants that help make the local environment better

The Conservation Foundation celebrates 25 years of working with Wessex Water to recognise and reward community projects


Wessex Watermark Awards are for any scheme, large or small, that is designed to directly benefit the environment. Grants are made quarterly and range from £100 to £1,500. To mark the 25th Anniversary we’re providing extra funding to address the urgent need to reduce single-use plastics.


25th Anniversary Awards
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How do I apply?
If you are representing a school, parish council or community organisation and you have an environmental project you could be eligible to apply. You must also be located within the Wessex Water region – you can check if you are by viewing the map below.
Watermark application
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You can also contact Libby Symon by email with any questions on 020 7591 3111. Applications are considered as part of a competitive process and judged by a panel, where the relative strengths of applications are assessed alongside the available budget.
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How do the Watermarks help?
From sustainable technology and bird sanctuaries to sensory gardens and marine research, the Watermark’s support a wide range of applications but are looking for projects that have a tangible outcome and support the community and environment within the Wessex Water region. We’ve given grants to over 1,000 projects so far, see a few of these in the video.
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Does your company want to build community links? 
The Wessex Watermark Awards are 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.