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Hampshire Countryside Service

Small Grants Scheme

The scheme provides funding for projects to improve or promote countryside access and rights of way including replacing stiles with gates, resurfacing paths and creating leaflets.

Projects funded by this grant must support the following priorities:

  • Provide a benefit to the local community based on an existing local need for the proposed work

  • Deliver improvements outlined in the area Countryside Access Plans

  • Provide a long-term benefit to the local community and access network

Who can apply

  • Parish or Town Councils*

  • Landowners

  • Other organisations (e.g. charities, volunteer/community groups) may apply for interpretation to promote countryside access (e.g. mapboards, leaflets), however for practical improvements the organisation will need to contact the relevant Parish/Town Council to apply on its behalf.

*If applying as the Parish or Town Council, you will be carrying out improvements under your own legal powers to maintain rights of way (Highways Act 1980) – these powers apply to footpaths, bridleways and restricted byways but do not apply to byways open to all traffic. Powers to provide benches on or at the side of public paths are given under the Parish Councils Act 1957.

Deadlines for applications

Deadline for applications

Decision date

Period of activity

25 April 2016

10 May 2016

May 2016 - March 2017

25 July 2016

16 August 2016

August 2016 – March 2017

24 October 2016

8 November 2016

November 2016 - March 2017

23 January 2017

7 February 2017

February 2017 - March 2017

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