Have Your Say grant
The County Council is inviting applications to organise and run small scale community participatory budget events called “Have Your Say”. Applications are welcomed from local constituted organisations (for example District/Borough Council, Town or Parish Council, Council for Voluntary Service, Social Enterprises, Not for Profit Organisations, Community groups, Community Safety or other relevant partnership or private organisation). These organisations, or delivery partners, must have the ability to operate such a scheme locally, and potentially link this with other resources for the community to make decisions regarding the funding of local projects.
The purpose is to allow local people to have a say and determine which local projects receive funding from the County Council in order to help improve their local environment, to support local groups or strengthen their community.
Hampshire County Council will send successful applicants the funds awarded. It will be up to the applicant to further distribute the funds to the successful community projects. It would be acceptable for applicants to act as banker for grass root organisations who do not have their own bank accounts.
When to apply?
The scheme will open 1 June 2014 and close 1 March 2015 (or earlier if funds have been used ).
Grant criteria and eligibility
If you wish to apply, please make sure you discuss and agree your proposal with your local County Councillor.
The schemes will need to meet the following criteria:
- Support of your local County Councillor(s) prior to submitting a “Have Your Say” scheme application.
- The successful scheme should actively encourage the submission of proposed small scale grass roots community projects in the local area
- A transparent screening process will need to be established in order to assess the legality and viability of the proposals, and to ensure those projects which are not viable or deliverable do not proceed to the public decision/event/vote. Examples of unsuitable projects include, (but is not an exhaustive list): those which are political, campaign driven or form part of a pressure group; and those that do not embrace diversity and community cohesion. Applications from religious groups may be considered, but the application must show that the project will bring wider community benefit.
- There should be a mechanism for the public to determine how funds are allocated to projects (e.g. event or voting system).
- Any awards made must recognise the County Council’s funding under the heading of “Have your Say”.
- Local County Councillors must be involved in the eventual grant award and the County Council is likely to promote publicly, grants awards
- The applicant will be accountable to the County Council for the successful delivery of any funded projects and will be required to monitor the outcomes from the successful projects and provide a report to Hampshire County Council upon the conclusion of the scheme.
- Any funds not allocated by applicants or awards not applied to the successful projects within the agreed period must be returned to the County Council
There is flexibility on the way a “Have Your Say” event is run as long as each scheme meets the above criteria.
By way of example, a similar scheme called You Decide has been running successfully for several years in Gosport which began as a Home Office Pilot.
Who can apply?
Applications can be made by constituted organisations for running an event(s) within the administrative County of Hampshire.
Applications will be considered by the Executive Member for Communities and International Relations. Views of your local County Councillor will be sought and taken into account.
Organisations/groups applying to run a scheme must complete the appropriate application form, preferably using the electronic application process.
Organisations are able to apply for a share of £200,000 in order to run a local “Have Your Say” event.
It is envisaged that schemes are likely to be for between £2,000 - £2,500 for an area which a single County Councillor covers, and in multiples thereafter.
Five percent of the County Council funding can be used as a contribution to the costs of a administering the scheme, including the holding of events.
Grant payments will be one-off, and there should be no expectation of future funding. The grants are expected to support projects and not to contribute to an organisation’s revenue costs.
Match funding from other organisations, to increase the size of a “Have Your Say” event is encouraged, but match funding is not a requirement.
Democratic and Member Services
Corporate Services Department
Hampshire County Council
Elizabeth II Court South
Winchester. SO23 8UJ
Telephone 01962 847854