Hampshire County Council Grants
Culture and Community Activity Grants
The purpose of the Culture and Community Activity Grants is
to provide general support to groups and organisations which encourage and provide opportunities
for individuals and communities within Hampshire to participate in cultural, community-focused, and
This programme funds projects and proposals which support the priorities
and outcomes in Hampshire County Council’s Strategic Plan 2013-17 ’Shaping Hampshire:
modern, public services for the future '.
- Health and wellbeing: Improving health and wellbeing for all, particularly
those who are vulnerable or disadvantaged.
- Economy: Promoting economic prosperity and protecting the environment.
- Communities: Working with communities to enhance local services.
can be made for over £1,000 up to a maximum of £3,000. Awards made may be £1,000 or less if this is
felt to be appropriate. Organisations seeking funding of £1,000 or less are recommended to look at County
What is funded
- Community, cultural or recreational activities or events that provide opportunities
for local people (Hampshire residents) to
- A high quality eligible project, programme or activity that delivers
measurable outcomes and results against the priorities set out above
- Match funding for business sponsorship
- Further or higher education fees, personal
development or training fees
- Curriculum based activities
- Building based capital
- Capital and equipment schemes – i.e. buying instruments or uniforms
running costs of an organisation
- Website development projects
- Setting up an organisation
- Profit making
- County, District or Borough Councils
projects or activities solely within the unitary authority
areas of Portsmouth City Council and Southampton City Council
- Organisations already
in receipt of core funding from other Hampshire County Council departments.
groups such as Scouts, Girl Guides, military groups etc
- Street parties or village
note we cannot retrospectively fund projects/activities that have already been carried out. Grants are
issued for projects/activities to be carried out in the future.
When to apply
5pm Friday 13 November 2015
21 January 2016
1 April 2016 - 31 March 2017
5pm Friday 8 April 2016
TBC June 2016
1 July 2016 - 31 March 2017
5pm Friday 1 July 2016 (subject to available funding)
TBC September 2016
1 October 2016 - 31 March 2017
Grant criteria and eligibility
We will consider funding eligible organisations that meet all
of the following criteria:
- The organisation must have actively sought funding
from other sources; this could include district, borough, town or parish council funding. Priority will
be given to applications which have partner funding in place from other sources.
proposed programme, project or activity of the organisation
is a cultural, community,or recreational activity/project that encourages and
provides opportunities for individuals and communities within Hampshire to participate.
programme, project or activity must also support one or more of the
Strategic Plan 2013-17 'Shaping Hampshire: modern, public services for the future' priorities detailed
- A high quality project, programme or activity that delivers measurable
outcomes and results against the priorities set out above.
- The organisation must
be able to demonstrate that without the support
from Hampshire County Council the activity/event would not be able to proceed at all or to the extent
outlined in the application.
- Organisations with significant funds in place or higher
levels of reserves
must demonstrate why funding from Hampshire County Council is needed.
- The organisation
has a clear management structure within its constitution
or suitable governance/terms of reference.
- Match funding for business sponsorship.
organisations requesting support must submit their latest Annual Accounts/annual financial
All successful applicants will be required to provide appropriate reporting
and/or monitoring for their service, projects and/or activities.
Organisations will be expected to have appropriate policies, procedures
and levels of insurances in place. This will include child and vulnerable adult protection/safeguarding
policies, health and safety policy, a minimum of £5m Public Liability and £5m Employers Liability Insurance.
Applications to other County Council grant schemes for the proposed
project will be considered when reviewing applications.
Business Sponsorship - additional criteria and
We can match fund business sponsorship up to £300. The sponsorship you
are receiving must be monetary, we can not match fund any in kind sponsorship, e.g. free/subsidised
marketing. Match funding must be a minimum of £150 per business and businesses must be
first time sponsors. Maximum of one application per organisation per year.
Organisations will not normally be eligible for grants where they hold
a high level of unallocated reserves, particularly in excess of one year’s running costs. In cases where
reserves held are felt to be high or exceed one year’s running costs a reduced level of funding may
be agreed. All charitable organisations are expected to have an agreed reserves policy that addresses
their financial risk.
Application guidance notes and online
Hampshire County Council
Telephone 01962 845390