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.6
- Economy: Promoting economic prosperity
and protecting the environment.
- Communities: Working with communities to enhance
Culture and Community Activity Grants will
fund up to a maximum of £3,000.
What is funded
Community, cultural, recreational or community conservation
projects, 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 works
Capital and equipment schemes – i.e. buying instruments or uniforms
running costs of an organisation
Website development projects or medical/complimentary treatment activities
Setting up an organisation
Profit making events/activities
County, District or Borough Councils
Services, projects or activities solely within the unitary authority
areas of Portsmouth City Council and Southampton City Council
Uniformed groups such as Scouts, Girl Guides, military groups etc
parties or village fetes
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 21 November 2014
19 January 2015
1 April 2015 - 31 March 2016
5pm Friday 3 April 2015
TBC - June 2015
1 July 2015 - 31 March 2016
5pm Friday 3 July 2015 (pending funding available)
TBC - September 2015
1 October 2015 - 31 March 2016
Grant criteria and eligibility
We will consider funding eligible organisations who fulfill all
of the following criteria:
The proposed programme, project or activity of the organisation
is a cultural, community, recreational or community conservation activity/project that encourages and
provides opportunities for individuals and communities within Hampshire to participate.
The 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 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.
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.
organisation has a clear management structure within its constitution or suitable governance/terms of
Match funding for business sponsorship.
organisations requesting support are required to submit their latest Annual Accounts/annual fiancial
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.
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.
Organisations must submit their most recent audited/examined accounts
or financial summary when applying to this scheme.
Application guidance notes and online
Hampshire County Council
Telephone 01962 845390