Community Fund

Thank you to all those who have supported us in 2016, with your help we raised 21k for the New Forest Marathon  Community Fund.

Watch this video to see an example of one of the community groups that your donations have helped!


With your help we have now supported over 40 local projects helping hundreds more people from all ages become active! Every penny donated is re-invested into the local community making a huge difference in our quest to help build a healthy community.



With thanks to ABP Southampton, everything that’s donated in 2017 and 2018 will be doubled! This will allow us to make an amazing difference to so many people.. So please give generously!

What is the New Forest Community Fund?

In the last 34 years the New Forest Marathon has donated over £1.27 million to support over 100 local good causes and community groups from the New Forest area. To help this pot grow and to continue to support all the superb organisations that exist within the New Forest and surrounding area, we have set up the New Forest Marathon Community Fund.

Local groups or organisations can apply to the fund to help run projects that inspire any age to be physically active in the forest and surrounding area.

Who manages the fund? 

The fund is managed by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation and The New Forest Marathon Committee. The foundation will provide support with the simple application process, assess applications, and will monitor/evaluate projects to ensure grants are spent appropriately. This process ensures that your donations are having maximum benefit in our local community. We will update our website regularly so you can see where the money has been allocated and the impact it is having.  Watch this space for success stories!

Why does the Community Fund have a focus on activity for 2018?

Inactivity and obesity are now recognised as the 4th biggest killer in the UK costing approximately £20 billion and causing 37,000 deaths every year.

Latest health statistics show the New Forest has the highest rate of obesity in the county. There are many fantastic organisations supporting our community at all ages. Your donations will help support these groups to run projects that inspire people to become more active. We’d love you to join us on our journey to make our community healthier.

How can you help?

We would love you to run to raise money for the Community Fund and help the many good causes and community groups across the New Forest and surrounding area. Runners can set themselves up as fundraisers by simply following the instructions below. (Option 1)

Runners are welcome to run for any charity they like. We acknowledge that many runners will have charities that are close to their hearts, if this is the case, we would be delighted if participants can donate the first £10 of their sponsorship to go to the fund. The best method for doing this is to use TEXT Donate (Option 2)

If you are not a runner you can help by volunteering at the event, please click on the volunteers/race crew tab under the ‘Race’ section of this website.

How can I donate?

We have set up 3 options to be able to make a donation:

Option 1- Local Giving 
You can donate at any time on Local Giving by clicking the Local Giving logo below.

 If you want to run to raise money for us or wish to raise funds for us in other ways, simply click on the Just Giving logo below and select ‘fundraise for us’ at the bottom of the page.

Local Giving Logo

Option 2- Text Donate
Anyone can make a donation at any time via Text Donate by texting TREE29 followed by £ sign and the amount you want to donate e.g.

TREE29 £5  to 70070
(the above example donated £5)

A text reply will confirm your donation to HIWCF at which point you can choose to add gift aid. ‘HIWCF’ stands from Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation who manage the fund on our behalf.


Option 3-Donation on entry
We have added an option on the entry page of the race booking process where you can simply add the amount you wish to donate to the fund. After checkout the amount you’ve entered will go straight to the Community Fund.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support in helping to make a difference in our local community.

How Can I apply to the Fund?

To request a grant application pack please visit and click on the ‘grants’ tab.

NB: Priority will be awarded to groups/organisations who have volunteered with the event. 

Sponsorship Form 

If you require a sponsorship form please click on the form below and download.

sponsorship form Click to download