Applications must fulfill all of the following criteria:
All applications must provide evidence that the project meets the grant scheme priorities.
All applications must provide evidence that the project is supported by the Parish/Town Council and landowner (if not the applicant).
All projects for practical improvements to rights of way and open access land must provide a specification that complies with the Countryside Service standard specifications for practical projects as a minimum requirement. The 'For all Projects' document 111 kB should be read in conjunction with any of the individual guides.
All projects must be discussed with the local Countryside Access Officer prior to submitting an application. Contact the Small Grants Team to arrange a site visit.
All projects for interpretation materials must consider the principles set out in the guidance for producing mapboards and leaflets 7 MB.
If work is to be completed by volunteers, the applicant must be confident they have the skills to do the work and that they are appropriately supervised. The applicant must also ensure the volunteers are covered by employers liability insurance and public liability insurance.
If the work is to be completed by a contractor, quotes must be provided (at least two for projects over £2,000). The applicant will be responsible for supervising the work and ensuring that it is carried out to a suitable standard. The applicant must also ensure the contractor has adequate employers liability insurance and public liability insurance.
If carrying out the work as the landowner, the applicant must take out and maintain adequate employers liability insurance and public liability insurance.
The County Council may wish to refer to grants offered, either generally or for specific projects, in its publicity material and/or by erecting temporary signs on site. It is assumed that applicants agree with this practice.
All successful applicants will be required to provide appropriate reporting and/or monitoring for their project.
Up to 50% of the total project cost is available, typically up to a total grant of £5,000.
Up to 75% of the total project cost is available for projects in the New Forest, due to an additional 25% funding from the New Forest National Park Authority.
The remaining contribution can come from any non-Hampshire County Council source such as Parish Council funds, landfill tax or local businesses. A list of potential sources of match funding 78 kB has been compiled but you will need to check each source for its suitability to your project.
Volunteer labour (excluding Community Service Payback Teams) and in-kind contributions from landowners can be used to contribute towards match funding of the total project cost. The total project cost is made up of expenditure (e.g. materials, tools, contractors) and the value of volunteer or landowner in-kind contributions.
Volunteer labour should be calculated at no more than £57.60/person/day (i.e. £7.20/person/hour). No more than 25% of the total project cost can be claimed as volunteer contributions. Use the volunteer labour calculator 1 MB to help work out volunteer contributions for your project.
·Landowners may offer to complete the work themselves (e.g. resurfacing, installing gates), using their own staff and equipment. If they are not charging for this service as a contractor, it can be deemed an in-kind contribution. No more than 50% of the total project cost can be claimed as an in-kind contribution (a breakdown of the contribution must be provided on the application form).