Wightlink in the Community: Fund

Wightlink Green Fund for Schools

The Wightlink in the Community: Fund is dedicated to bringing lasting benefit to communities on the Isle of Wight by helping people live in a more sustainable way now and in the future.

Our 2022 Fund – The Wightlink Green Fund for Schools – invites primary schools on the Island to apply for grants to undertake their own environmental projects.

The project is part our commitment to running a sustainable business and working closely with the local community as part of our Wightlink in the Community programme.

About Wightlink

Wightlink is the leading cross-Solent ferry operator, carrying 4.6 million passengers to and from the Isle of Wight every year. With the introduction of England’s first hybrid ferry in 2018, Wightlink has been leading the way in sustainable travel.

Our Green Agenda outlines our wide-ranging initiatives to protect the sea, land and air that surround us, and we have launched this new scheme for 2022 to help primary schools bring their sustainability projects to life.

We already support communities in a number of ways under our Wightlink in the Community: Sponsorship scheme, giving travel support to over 150 local organisations every year.

Available Grants

The Wightlink Green Fund for Schools is now closed for entries until later in the year.

In early 2022 we awarded grants to eligible projects from primary schools that have long lasting environmental benefits to the school or to the community, from a total fund of up to £10,000. You can find out which projects and schools were successful in our announcement. We will follow the projects on this page and our social media.

Projects fit into one of the following themes:

  • Saving energy

  • Reducing carbon

  • Reducing waste

  • Recycling more

  • Enhancing biodiversity

  • Conserving nature

  • Reducing plastic

  • Conserving water

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Is my project eligible?

In order to determine whether your project is eligible for a Wightlink Green Fund for Schools grant, take a look at the following questions:

1. Is your project on the Isle of Wight?
2. Does your project fit into one of the themes outlined above?
3. Does your project have a lasting benefit to the school or community?
4. Is your application for something other than the purchase of land, buildings or building maintenance, general administration, running costs or wages?

Application form

Applications are now closed and we hope to reopen the scheme later in 2022.

If you have any queries regarding the scheme, please email:
[email protected]

Download application form
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Your application

The following information will help you complete a successful application.

  • Sustainable projects that leave a legacy, provides ongoing education or continue past the funding year will be looked upon favourably.
  • Ongoing maintenance may be required for projects which involve the creation of a physical asset, and this is expected to be covered by the school.
  • Wightlink’s judging panel may wish to visit your project before a decision is taken on your application.
  • Wightlink’s judging panel reserve the right to request a visit to any project in receipt of a grant at a mutually agreeable time, for promotional purposes, e.g. photographs, press releases, social media.
  • Details of successful applications, including photographs, may be used in promotional material by Wightlink.
  • Grants will not be awarded for projects which have already been carried out and paid for.
  • The Fund can offer full funding of a project or part-funding towards a specific element or item of a project.

Key dates

4 January 2022Scheme opens
18 February 2022Applications close
21 Feb – 4 Mar 2022Judging takes place
7 March 2022Announce winning projects