The Community Investment Fund supports community based organisations delivering services/projects/activities which support the priorities and outcomes of Hampshire County Council’s Serving Hampshire - Strategic Plan 2017-2021.
It forms the cornerstone of all strategies and plans across departments and service areas, and features four key aims:
Hampshire maintains strong and sustainable economic growth and prosperity
People in Hampshire live safe, healthy and independent lives
People in Hampshire enjoy a rich and diverse environment
People in Hampshire enjoy being part of strong, inclusive communities
Priority is given to organisations serving communities with high levels of multiple deprivation. This is taken into consideration when calculating the value of any award.
Where an application is assessed to be eligible for an award, but the value of that award is calculated to be less than £5,000 the organisation will be signposted to apply for support through the Culture and Community Activity Grants scheme instead. This is to ensure the required levels of monitoring and reporting are proportionate to the value of award.
The Community Investment Fund is an annual programme and has one round per year. Funding is granted on an annual basis only, so organisations must apply every year.
The fund is open to applications from 12 July 2017 to 1 September 2017.
A grant can be awarded to eligible organisations to contribute towards service costs and/or core costs including salaries. Applications should specify what funding would support. Applications should also specify any investment/developments to improve efficiency.
The Community Investment Fund is open to not for profit, community based organisations with local governance arrangements in Hampshire, which meet the following eligibility criteria;
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.
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 organisation, services/programmes, including completion of interim and end of grant monitoring and evaluation forms.
All eligible applications will be assessed against the grant criteria. The criteria are relevant to community based organisations and directly link to the Strategic Plan 2013-17 ‘Shaping Hampshire: modern, public services for the future 4 MB' priorities.
Your organisation must:
Provide services/programmes that improve your community’s access to services in their area of benefit.
Provide services/programmes that improve the life chances and health and wellbeing for all, particularly those who are vulnerable or disadvantaged.
Work in partnership and be engaged with relevant neighbourhood/community partnerships, to support the delivery of a range of community services/programmes.
Work towards optimising economic, social and environmental sustainability.
Provide services/programmes that ensure the delivery and improvement of high quality services.
Demonstrate a commitment to support and/or increase participation through volunteering.
Actively engage and consult with your local community to identify needs
Before you apply you are strongly advised to read the guidance notes on the following page which provides support and further details on the above.
Hampshire County Council
Telephone 01962 845390