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Hampshire County Council Grants

Culture and Recreation Investment Fund

The Culture and Recreation Investment Fund provides support for a programme of investment in the strategic cultural and recreational infrastructure within Hampshire. Organisations should be delivering high quality services/activity of regional or national significance. Applicants must support the priorities and outcomes of Hampshire County Council’s Strategic Plan 2013-17 ’Shaping Hampshire: modern, public services for the future  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 4MB

  1. Health and Wellbeing: Improving health and wellbeing for all, including mental health and wellbeing.
  2. Economy: Promoting economic prosperity and protecting the environment.
  3. Communities: working with communities to enhance local services.
  4. Efficiency: Delivering high quality, cost-effective public services.

When to apply

The Culture and Recreation 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 expected to be open to applications between 10 July 2017 and 1 September 2017.

What is funded

A grant can be awarded to eligible cultural and/or recreational/sports organisations to contribute towards service/programme costs and/or core running costs, including salaries. Applications should specify what funding would support. Applications should also specify any investment/improvements to improve efficiency.

Where an application is assessed to be eligible for an award, but the value of that award would 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.

What isn't funded

Grant criteria and eligibility

The grants programme is open to organisations, partnerships and consortiums delivering cultural and recreational services in Hampshire, which must 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.

All grants

Plus, Grants £5000 and over

Plus, for Grants £10,000 and over

Plus, for Grants £25,000 and over

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 services/programmes, including completion of interim and end of grant monitoring and evaluation forms.

Successful applicants awarded £30,000 or over will be expected to agree to a Nominated Councillor joining their Board as an Observer or Trustee.

Grant Criteria

All eligible applications will be assessed against the grant criteria. These criteria are relevant to cultural/recreational organisations and directly link to the ’Shaping Hampshire: modern, public services for the future’ Strategic Plan 2014 -2017  priorities.

Organisations do not need to meet all of these priorities, but must clearly demonstrate within their application that they are able to deliver against some of these

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.

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