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Hampshire County Council Grants

Adult Services Main Grant Programme and HIV Grants

The Adult Services grant programme funds projects and proposals which support the priorities and outcomes of Hampshire ‘Open for Business’ Plan 2011-13 which are most relevant to Adult services. These are:

When to apply

The Adult Services grant programme is an annual programme and has one grant round per year.

Adult Services is undertaking a review of its grants programmes and will be engaging with all relevant stakeholders in 2015 as part of this process.

The purpose of this review is to ensure that our grant making processes are as fair, open and transparent as they can be and that grants are used in the best possible way to meet the priorities of the County Council, the needs of the residents of Hampshire, as well as ensuring effective resources for Hampshire’s voluntary and community sector.

As a result of this review the opening of the grants portal will be delayed until the review has been concluded. Further updates will be posted on this webpage, in due course.

Grant criteria and eligibility

We will fund organisations and services who fulfil our criteria, and comply with mutually agreed reporting and monitoring requirements. It is intended for voluntary and community organisations in Hampshire. We are unable to award funding to businesses or individuals. Our criteria are:

And where appropriate, depending on the grant sum requested, the organisation shall:

What is funded?

The grant can be awarded to contribute towards service/project costs and/or core costs including salaries.

What isn’t funded?

Financial eligibility

Organisations will not normally be eligible for grants where they hold unallocated reserves in excess of one year's running costs, or where it is judged that these reserves are unreasonably in excess of what is required or not allocated for legitimate purposes. Those organisations receiving recurring funding which hold unallocated reserves in excess of three months' running costs may receive a reduced grant.

The Adult Services Grant Programme has adopted the Charity Commission’s reserves policy in this respect. The Charity Commission’s definition of reserve is:

"Reserves are that part of a charity's unrestricted funds that is freely available to spend on any of the charity's purposes. This definition excludes restricted income funds and endowment funds, although holding such funds may influence a charity's reserves policy. Reserves will also normally exclude tangible fixed assets held for the charity's use and amounts designated for essential future spending”.

Safeguarding Adults/Children

There is an expectation that Adult Services funded projects undertake  appropriate safeguarding adult measures, including carrying out DBS checks as appropriate. Guidance regarding DBS checks for volunteers is available from Volunteering England

Hampshire County Council also publishes practical information on protecting vulnerable adults from abuse.

Apply now Application guidance notes and online form



Grant Officer
Wellbeing and Partnership team
3rd Floor, Elizabeth II Court West
The Castle
Winchester, SO23 8UQ .

Telephone 01962 832152

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