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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 recreational activities.

Applicants must support the priorities and outcomes of Hampshire County Council’s Serving Hampshire - Strategic Plan for 2017-2021. It forms the cornerstone of all strategies and plans across departments and service areas, and features four key aims:

Applications can be made for over £1,000 up to a maximum of £3,000. Applications must be submitted using the Standard Form (over £1,000) and applications submitted using the Short Form (£1,000 or under) may be required to resubmit using the Standard Form. Organisations seeking funding of £1,000 or less are recommended to look at County Councillor Grants.

What is funded

What isn't funded

Please 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.

Applications which are clearly ineligible may be rejected by Officers in discussion with the Executive Member before the Decision Date.

When to apply

Grant criteria and eligibility

We will consider funding eligible organisations that meet all of the following criteria:

All organisations requesting support must submit their latest Annual Accounts/annual financial summary and a copy of their constitution/terms of reference.

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 eligibility

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.

Financial Eligibility

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.

Apply now Application guidance notes and online form



CCBS Grants
Hampshire County Council
Office 2
Second Floor
Castle Hill
SO23 8UL

Telephone 01962 845390


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