Hampshire County Council Grants
Village Shop Grant Scheme
This scheme is managed and funded by Hampshire County Council.
It has been set up to provide better services locally for rural people and to improve access to essential services not available locally. We specifically want to focus on helping increase the use of Village Shops, particularly those that are losing their Post Offices, and/or support the creation of new community-led village stores.
When to apply
Applications are accepted all year round until the budget is allocated.
Grant criteria and eligibility
Grants of up to a maximum of £20K are available
Only one grant will be awarded to each village community within any one financial year. New project applications from the same village may be considered in future years but no funds will be available to support projects or services that have already received grant aid from this scheme
Match funding is required and should ideally be in the region of 50/50 or as close as possible to that
Who can apply?
Applications should come from:
village shop associations
district councils or formally-constituted voluntary associations.
Private businesses can also apply but the relevant parish council will need to support any application in writing
The fund is targeted primarily to communities with populations of less than 5,000. Priority will be given to communities with populations of less than 5,000
To be eligible, independent retailers/commercial enterprises need to be the sole shop in a settlement, and/or must host the Post Office service
Who can't apply?
Statutory service providers, non-independent commercial organisations (with more than one outlet ) and national or regional voluntary sector bodies cannot apply.
What is funded
Projects which are designed to boost footfall and takings eg new retail services such as local food counters, tea-room, internet café, etc
Initiatives to sustain existing services, eg setting up a delivery service or using a community minibus to bring customers in from neighbouring settlements
Projects supporting creative location of essential services eg in pubs, village halls, churches and parish halls or other community venues
Projects involving access to retail advice and guidance, marketing and promotion, new or improved signage or other beneficial activities designed to boost footfall and takings
Improvements to physical accessibility where lack of access is reducing usage of the shop
What isn’t funded?
Work already carried out
Stocks and merchandising
General running costs
Application guidance notes and online form
Economic Development Office
Hampshire County Council
Elizabeth II Court South
Telephone 01962 846558
Email to firstname.lastname@example.org