Local groups encouraged to apply to Leader’s Community Grants Scheme for support with community projects

Communities across Hampshire are being invited to apply to Hampshire County Council for support from the Leader’s Community Grants Scheme - which can help fund projects designed to help communities thrive

Mar 24 2022

Leader of Hampshire County Council, Councillor Keith Mans, said: “These grants can be used to support projects that will make a big difference in the heart of communities.

"Local groups and organisations are in the best position to understand what is needed in their area and I urge them to come forward and apply for funding. The purpose of these grants is to help communities thrive while also enabling organisations to become financially independent.

“As the cost of living continues to rise and more people face increased hardship, this financial support will give many vulnerable residents new opportunities and a brighter future.”

Examples of previous award recipients include the Blue Apple Theatre, based in Winchester, to help fund outreach work in other areas of the county, the Titchfield Village Trust for roof maintenance of the village hall and to improve disabled access, and Action Hampshire to support women in start-up or existing social enterprises.

Applications are now open for the financial year 2022/23.

Those wishing to apply should visit the Leader’s Community Grants web page.

The scheme will consider applications between £1,000 and £25,000 to use for activity costs and/or capital costs. Amounts in excess of £25,000 will occasionally be considered in exceptional circumstances.

Applications are welcomed at any time and will be dealt with on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.