What We Do
Come and explore how we help the Chippenham Community

We are a place based, grant making charity here to help the people of Chippenham.

We support local individuals and organisations in welfare, education, arts and community projects. We have investments that generate a budget for us to use for the benefit of Chippenham’s inhabitants. We also rent out our properties and hire out rooms. The Borough Lands now consist of over 70 acres of land, in the centre of Chippenham, which we maintain for community use.

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We give grants to:

  • Individuals who have lived within the Parish of Chippenham for at least 2 years.
  • Individuals that show financial need and that funding cannot be met by alternative means (i.e. you must take up all government/local authority statutory or discretionary funding possible before we can consider helping)
  • Any Organisation which benefits the residents of the Parish of Chippenham may apply.
  • Organisations do not need to be registered as charities but must show that they are not for profit, not subject to UK taxation rules and that the purpose for which they are applying for an award is charitable and for the benefit of the local community
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We are unable to provide help in the following:

  • The advancement of religion
  • Political or party political activities
  • Animal Welfare
  • Retrospective applications
  • First degrees
  • Funding of individual sports persons
  • We do not as a rule fund salaries except the proportion related to the delivery of the project. Organisations must adhere to the relevant law on employment equality when appointing employees and volunteers.
  • Anything that can be obtained from statutory sources (e.g. local authorities)
  • Direct funding to the Local Authorities.
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We help eligible individuals with aspects such as:

Mobility aids, white goods, childcare costs, training courses, travel passes, transport costs, furniture and food vouchers.

All individual applications shall be treated as confidential.

We provide support to different charity and non-profit organisations/groups that provide a service that benefits local Chippenham residents. In the last few years we have provided information and grants to groups/organisations such as:

  • Chippenham Museum & Heritage Centre
  • Doorway
  • Relate Counselling for schools
  • SPLASH enrichment
  • Chippenham Folk Festival
  • Wiltshire Citizen’s Advice
  • Rotary Club of Wiltshire Vale
  • Chippfest Rockin’ the Park
  • Rag and Bone Arts Youth Theatre
  • Dorothy House
  • Waste Not Want Not
  • Kandu Arts
  • Phoenix Amateur Dance Company

Groups and Organisations applying to the CBLC for a grant will need to supply the following details either on their application form or as a supplement:

  • The amount of money that is being applied for;
  • Details of how the grant will be spent;
  • Quotes where applicable;
  • A statement of how the grant will benefit the inhabitants of Chippenham;
  • The Club/Organisation’s financial details including income and expenditure and balance sheet.

If you would like any further information or have any queries, please get in touch.

Individuals who have a financial need can apply for our help, whether they are on universal credits/benefits or not, providing they live within the parish of Chippenham.

We help eligible individuals with aspects such as: – mobility aids, white goods, childcare costs, training courses, travel passes, transport costs, furniture and food vouchers.

Many people will be put in touch with the appropriate agency first and helped to find solutions from the Council or other organisations before our input. Our Welfare Officer speaks to and visits everyone who applies. Every application is considered on it’s own merits.

We also help organisations that provide a welfare service to Chippenham residents. In the last few years we have provided information and grants to groups/organisations such as:

  • Doorway – homelessness project
  • Citizen’s Advice
  • Dorothy House
  • Waste Not Want Not
  • Wiltshire Mind
  • Help Counselling Services
  • Rise Trust

Should you have any queries about Welfare Grants please contact Christine, our Welfare Officer, who will be happy to help and advise you – Christine@cblc.org.uk or call: 01249 658180.

We help individuals with educational training and courses but we are unable to give any funding towards first degrees.

We also help all schools and colleges within Chippenham. Our funding of primary and secondary schools goes towards the enrichment and development of the pupil’s education, with allocations based on pupil numbers.  These funds have been used for a variety of things such as:

  • Help with uniform costs,
  • Aid in the payments of educational school trips,
  • New experiences and opportunities for the students’ enrichment and enjoyment.
  • Resources to support large numbers of pupils to access the curriculum.

Our funding of schools is allocated into two different fund accounts – the Social Fund and the School Enrichment Fund.

Social Fund

Schools currently get a yearly allocation of money from us called the Social Fund, which is based on a formula using numbers on role (NOR) in the January Census and number of Free School Meals in a school. This money gets allocated each new financial year once CBLC yearly budgets are confirmed. The Social Fund is issued to each school in a single cheque and should be used exclusively to help support low-income families with school uniform costs and to subsidise their trips.

We have ringfenced an additional sum of money per school which is also based on formulas using numbers on role (NOR) in the January Census and number of Free School Meals in a school. The is called the School Enrichment Fund. The School Enrichment Fund can be applied for by means of grant applications during the financial year.

Trustees are keen to ensure that this money is spent on activities, resources and events that would be considered ‘extra’ for the students that the school couldn’t otherwise afford to pay for. With budgets being so strained, we understand that these events are less and less available to the pupils and we would like to help these to continue. We are unable to fund anything that should be paid for by statutory funding, i.e. annual salaries but special training may be considered in exceptional cases.

 We ask that schools spend a minimum of 50% of their total allocation on direct experiences and activities for the pupils (e.g. trips, projects, visits, workshops). We like the activities to be imaginative and help support the curriculum in a fun and interactive way.

The remaining 50% can also be spent on direct activities, but grant applications for resources will be considered, where they help a large number of pupils to access the curriculum, over a number of years.

Should you have any queries about Education Grants please contact Laura, our Education and Arts Officer, who will be happy to help and advise you – laura@cblc.org.uk or call 01249 658180.

We support individuals and groups/organisations that benefit the local community in providing Arts projects, events and opportunities. In the last few years we have given grants to groups/organisations such as: –

  • Chippenham Folk Festival
  • Clogs Musical Theatre
  • Chippfest Rockin’ the Park
  • Riverbank Studios
  • Chippenham Hospital Radio
  • Make Believe Arts
  • Rag and Bone Arts CIC
  • Kandu Arts CIC
  • Phoenix Amateur Dance Company

We run regular ChAT (Chippenham Arts Team) meetings for Chippenham based Arts organisations and individuals responsible for arts events in the town. The meetings help with planning events and encourage collaborative and partnership working.

We run Chippenham Arts and Cultural Events (Chippenham ACE) aimed at local arts and culture groups, organisations and individuals. Providing support, training and networking opportunities and creating opportunities for collaborative working.

Our Education and Arts Officer also runs the ‘Chippenham Arts and Cultural Events’ Facebook group and the @ChippenhamACE Twitter feed. Follow and use the #ChippenhamCulture. Both provide places to share local events, positive ideas and get actively involved in Chippenham Arts and Culture.

To be added onto our Arts and Cultural events mailing list &/or to provide information about Arts/Culture related events please email chippenhamace@gmail.com

For all Arts based grant enquiries &/or if you have ideas for an Arts/Culture project or event to benefit the Chippenham Community please email laura@cblc.org.uk

We have two meeting rooms that are available for hire at our offices at the Jubilee Building, which is a listed building in the centre of Chippenham. Both are light and airy rooms with separate ajoining small kitchen areas with facilities to make light refreshments. Our caretaker prepares the room for your arrival in whatever layout style you would prefer. The ground floor room has full accessibility. There is a lift to access the first floor but please note that the lift cannot be used in the unlikely event of a fire. Please see the resources section for our room booking hire form.

Please note we also won’t be able to consider your application if you have had help from us within the past two years, or one year for educational applications, or mobility aids, unless there are exceptional circumstances.

Individuals applying to CBLC will need to provide the following information in your application:

  • Details of what you need help with and how much you think it will cost.
  • Financial details along with evidence of financial need.
  • Who else lives in your household.
  • Anyone else you have approached for assistance.
  • Any other previous help you have had from us.
  • If you are applying for mobility equipment, i.e. wheelchairs/scooters etc. We will ask you to have a form signed by your doctor confirming your need. If Trustees are minded to help with your application you will be asked to attend the ‘Independent Living Centre’ where you will be assessed to decipher which equipment would best suit your needs.

Groups and Organisations applying to the CBLC for a grant will need to supply the following.

Details either on their application form or as a supplement:

  • The amount of money that is being applied for;
  • Details of how the grant will be spent;
  • Quotes where applicable;
  • A statement of how the grant will benefit the inhabitants of Chippenham;
  • The Club/Organisation’s financial details including income and expenditure and balance sheet.
Supporting The Community

Our Current Major Projects