Community Support Service


Local community organisations

Hampshire County Council recognises the important and valuable role local community based organisation's play in delivering high quality services, projects and activities in response to local need. Culture, Communities and Business Services Department (CCBS) provides financial assistance to support community based organisations with local governance arrangements and village halls in maintaining their buildings and developing their communities.

The current schemes most relevant to these organisations are;

Community Investment Fund - supports community based organisations delivering services/projects/activities which support the priorities and outcomes of Hampshire County Council’s ‘Open for Business’ Plan 2011 – 2013.

Community Buildings Capital Fund - For improvements to community buildings

Culture and Community Activity Grants - general support to groups and organisations which encourage and provide opportunities for individuals and communities to participate in community-focused, cultural and recreational activities

Organisational Change Fund grant - supports specific, time-limited projects for organisations to achieve efficiencies and reduce on-going dependency on grant funding. This could include the exploration of alternative funding opportunities and new delivery models.

All applications must be completed online. Other CCBS schemes are available.  If you are thinking of applying to the schemes we would strongly advise contacting a member of the CCBS grants team on


Other sources of funding

Councils for Voluntary Service (within Hampshire)
Links for all the CVS’s in the county. CVS’s give advice and support to voluntary and community groups

Winchester City Council
Winchester 4 Community search engine allows you to search for national and local government, Lottery or trust funding which may be relevant to your community or voluntary organisation

Wide range of grants

Hampshire County Council
A range of grants to community and voluntary organisations across Hampshire County Council departments. Within the Culture, Communities and Business Services Department there are 6 grant schemes including Community Investment Fund, Culture and Community Activity Grants, Organisational Change Fund and Community Buildings Capital Fund.  

Other helpful links:

If you would like further development and financial advice please contact a member of the Community Support Team.