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Hampshire County Council Grants

Community Challenge Fund

The purpose of the Community Challenge Fund is to support groups and organisations in rural Hampshire and small market towns. It has five main priorities:

Community resilience. Projects which help communities address and resolve local challenges themselves, for example supporting elderly and vulnerable people and responding to severe weather. Extra funding is available to support community-led flood alleviation schemes.

Rural transport. Projects which support people to access transport such as bus, minibus, volunteer drivers etc, and make better use of local resources.

Self help. Supporting the volunteer spirit in rural communities including community groups and other self-help groups.

Communications. Helping communities to take full advantage of broadband and mobile communications.

Economic development. Supporting rural enterprises, for example smaller scale projects not eligible under the Rural Retailers and Community Enterprises Grant Scheme.

When to apply

Applications for more than £1,000

Applications for £1,000 or less are accepted all year round (subject to available funds) and we will respond to you within one month.

Grant criteria and eligibility

We will fund organisations which meet all of the following criteria. It is a competitive process, so grants will be approved by County Councillors on their merits.

All successful applicants will be required to provide appropriate reporting and/or monitoring for their service, projects and/or activities.

Successful applicants be required to acknowledge the support of Hampshire County Council in all publicity and media coverage relating to the project, and in the organisation’s next annual audited statement of accounts.

Organisations will need to have appropriate policies, procedures and insurance in place.

Funding criteria

Applications can be made for over £1,000 up to a maximum of £5,000. Larger grants, typically up to £10,000, are available to support applications for community-led flood alleviation schemes. Awards may be for £1,000 or less if this is felt to be appropriate. Organisations seeking funding of £500 or less are recommended to look at County Councillor Grants.

Financial eligibility

Organisations will not normally be eligible for grants where they hold unallocated reserves in excess of one year’s running costs. In cases where reserves held exceed this level, a reduced level of funding may be agreed. All charitable organisations are expected to have an agreed reserves policy that addresses their financial risk.

What we can't fund

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CCBS Grants
Hampshire County Council
Room 0.15
Castle Avenue
SO23 8UL

Telephone 01962 845390


Example projects

  • Abbotts Ann Green Action helped households identify heat-loss hot-spots in their homes and provided advice on how to reduce this.

  • Stockbridge Parish Council held free IT help sessions at the weekly Country Market to give residents greater confidence to use the internet.

  • Chilbolton Parish Council improved drainage from the village towards the River Test, to help prevent future flooding.

  • The Five Bells pub had been closed for a number of years, Nether Wallop Parish Council with local residents re-established it as a ‘community pub’.

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