Hampshire County Council Grants

Culture and Recreation Investment Fund

The Culture and Recreation Investment Fund provides support for a programme of investment in the strategic cultural and recreational infrastructure within Hampshire. Applicants must support the priorities and outcomes of Hampshire County Council’s ‘Open for Business Plan’ 2011-13 Download Acrobat Reader to view this PDF 312kb
  1. Improved quality of life for all, particularly those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged.
  2. Enhance community engagement and partnership working – strengthening and empowering communities.
  3. Support and enable sustainable economic development – ‘place shaping’.
  4. Enhance Hampshire’s environment and promote sustainability.
  5. Develop new models of service provision, meeting the challenges of reduced resource and evolving national policies, whilst improving the quality of services for users.

When to apply

The Culture and Recreation Investment Fund is an annual programme and has one round per year. It is open for applications from 1 August 2014 until 5pm on 22 September 2014. Funding is granted on an annual basis only, so organisations must apply every year.

What is funded

A grant can be awarded to eligible organisations to  contribute towards service/programme costs and/or core running costs, including salaries.

What isn't funded

  • Services and organisations that do not meet the Fund’s criteria
  • Individuals
  • Organisations already in receipt of funding from other Hampshire County Council departments for the majority of their core costs and/or service/project activity delivery
  • Services provided solely within the unitary authority areas of Portsmouth City Council and Southampton City Council
  • Capital projects or capital grants for equipment
  • Parish/Town Councils
  • Schools and uniformed organisations

Grant criteria and eligibility

The grants programme is open to organisations, partnerships and consortiums delivering cultural and recreational services in Hampshire, who meet the following eligibility criteria.

  • The services/programmes of the cultural and/or recreational organisation clearly deliver against the priorities above.
  • The services/programmes of the cultural and/or recreational organisation benefit Hampshire residents and visitors, improving the quality of life for all.
  • Cultural and/or recreational organisations must be properly constituted with clear and effective management and governance structures.
  • Consortiums of properly constituted cultural and/or recreational organisations must have clear terms of reference.
  • Organisations will not normally be eligible for grants where they hold unallocated reserves in excess of one year’s running costs. Where it is judged that unallocated reserves are unreasonably in excess of what is required or not allocated for legitimate purposes, those organisations may receive a reduced grant.
  • As a minimum standard we would expect your organisation to meet the minimum legal requirements along with policies and procedures to cover your organisation’s services/programmes.  Generally we would expect organisations to have £10m cover for public liability and employers liability insurance.

Where appropriate, depending on the grant sum requested, the organisation will be expected to submit supporting documentation.  All documentation will be used, alongside the application form, to assess against the grant criteria.

Grants £5000 and over

  • Annual Accounts
  • Adults Safeguarding Policy
  • Child Protection Policy

Grants £10,000 and over

  • Annual Accounts
  • Adults Safeguarding Policy
  • Child Protection Policy
  • Three year business plan*
  • Public Liability Insurance (usually £10m)
  • Employers' Liability Insurance (usually £10m)

Grants £25,000 and over

  • Annual Accounts
  • Adults Safeguarding Policy
  • Child Protection Policy
  • Three year business plan*
  • Equality and Diversity Policy
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Public Liability Insurance (usually £10m)
  • Employers' Liability Insurance (usually £10m)

On occasions, at our discretion, we may require further information and documentation in addition to the above to support the assessment process.

All successful applicants will be required to provide appropriate reporting and/or monitoring for their services/programmes, including completion of a 6 monthly and end of grant monitoring and evaluation forms.  

Grant Criteria

All eligible applications will be assessed against the grant criteria.

Organisations do not need to meet all of these priorities, but must be able to demonstrate that they deliver against some of these within their application.  These criteria are relevant to Cultural/recreational organisations and directly link to the Open for Business Plan 2011- 2013 prioirities.

  • Organisations providing flagship cultural and recreational experiences of national and/or regional standing.
  • Programmes of work that are of high quality, innovative and appropriately aspirational.
  • Programmes of work that inspire young people to have ambition and improve their level of educational attainment and/or health and wellbeing.   
  • Organisations that support the development of Hampshire’s home grown talent.
  • Organisations that provide local people, including young people, hard to reach and older people, access to inspiring experiences.
  • Organisations that can demonstrate actively increasing the numbers of people experiencing and participating in cultural and/or recreational activity.
  • Organisations enabling and/or supporting other organisations to provide cultural and recreational services.  
  • Organisations working towards optimising their economic, social and environmental sustainability.

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CCBS Grants
Hampshire County Council
Serle's House
Gar Street
SO23 8GQ

Telephone 01962 845390

Email ccbsgrants@hants.gov.uk