Hampshire County Council Grants

Community Challenge Fund

The purpose of the Community Challenge Fund is to fund projects by rural communities which help improve local quality of life.

This programme funds projects and proposals which support the priorities and outcomes in Hampshire’s ‘Open for Business’ Plan 2011-13 which are most relevant to the Culture, Communitues and Business Services (CCBS) department. These are:

  • Improved quality of life for all, particularly those who are vulnerable or disadvantaged.
  • Enhance community engagement and partnership working – strengthening and empowering communities.
  • Support and enable sustainable economic development.
  • Enhance Hampshire’s environment and promote sustainability.

When to apply

The Community Challenge Fund is currently closed to new applications.

Grant criteria and eligibility

We will fund organisations who fulfil the following criteria:

  • The project or activities of the organisation support the priorities detailed above.
  • The organisation has a clear management structure within its constitution or suitable governance/terms of reference.
  • 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.
  • The organisation must have funding from other sources, including district, borough, town or parish council funding. Funding will only be given to applications which have partner funding in place from other sources.
  • The project must meet at least one of the priorities for the Rural Delivery Strategy. These are outlined in “what do we fund” below.
  • You will need to provide a project plan with your application.
  • If the project is successful, it is expected that you will have a plan to continue the activity after the end of the funding period.

All successful applicants will be required to provide appropriate reporting and/or monitoring for their projects/activities.

Organisations in receipt of assistance will also be required to acknowledge the support of Hampshire County Council in the organisation’s next annual audited statement of accounts and in all publicity and media coverage relating to the project.

Funding criteria

The Community Challenge Fund will fund up to a maximum of £2,500. In most cases funding will be released after project completion and once the short evaluation form has been returned.

Financial eligibility

Organisations will not normally be eligible for grants where they hold unallocated reserves in excess of one year’s running costs. In cases where reserves held exceed this level a reduced level of funding may be agreed. All charitable organisations are expected to have an agreed reserves policy that addresses their financial risk.

What do we fund?

Projects that deliver high quality project that delivers measurable results against the objectives set out above, specifically:

  • Supporting sustainable rural communities. (To include affordable housing, rural broadband, access to services, supporting volunteering, and community engagement.)
  • Providing effective rural transport
  • Farming, food and access to the countryside
  • Economic prosperity
  • Climate change, including renewable energy, and making better use of the county's wood-fuel resource.

What we can't fund

  • Projects that receive funding from other Hampshire County Council sources.
  • Individuals
  • Profit making events/activities
  • Projects or activities solely within the unitary authority areas of Portsmouth City Council and Southampton City Council.

We cannot retrospectively fund works or projects that have already been carried out. Grants are issued for works or projects to be carried out in the future.

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CCBS Grants
Hampshire County Council
Serle's House
Gar Street
SO23 8GQ

Telephone 01962 845390

Email ccbsgrants@hants.gov.uk