This scheme is a joint initiative between Hampshire County Council, Community Action Hampshire and Hampshire Association of Local Councils.
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.
Applications are accepted all year round until the budget is allocated.
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
Independent retailers/commercial enterprises need to be the sole shop in a settlement to be eligible
Statutory service providers, non-independent commercial organisations (with more than one outlet ) and national or regional voluntary sector bodies cannot apply.
Economic Development Office
Hampshire County Council
Elizabeth II Court South
Telephone 01962 846558
Email to firstname.lastname@example.org