Hampshire Countryside Service

What is and isn't funded by the Small Grants Scheme

What is funded

All projects must meet the grant eligibility and criteria set out above. Funding is provided specifically for projects to improve or promote countryside access. Priority is given to practical improvements to rights of way and open access land.

Typical projects include:

  • Path Surfacing - provide a better surface by improving drainage, clearing vegetation and applying new surface material.

  • Replacing stiles with gates - improve access for disabled users, those with limited mobility and users with pushchairs and young children.

  • Installation of a boardwalk or bridge - provide access across a boggy area, or a crossing over a ditch or stream.

  • Benches – enhance your local paths with the addition of a bench.

  • Mapboards and leaflets Microsoft Word 6MB – encourage access to the countryside with a professionally designed leaflet or mapboard showing rights of way, access areas and circular routes for walking, cycling and riding in your local area. You can also include information on local history and wildlife, as well as details of local pubs, cafes, shops and visitor attractions.

To see how other communities have used their funding, download the past projects list  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 57kB or watch our film ‘Supporting Success Funding Community Projects’.

What isn’t funded

  • Works or projects that are primarily for nature conservation, the main element of the project must be for access improvements.

  • Fencing projects or works on recreation grounds, unless the land is also recorded as a right of way or open access land.

  • The repair or replacement of stiles, although applications to replace stiles with gates are strongly supported.

  • Work to paved/tarmaced paths

  • Picnic benches

  • Notice boards

  • Dog bins

  • Research

  • Works or projects that have already been carried out, grants will only be issued for works or projects to be carried out in the future.

Clearing undergrowth

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