Who can apply?
- Community, neighbourhood or voluntary groups
- Registered charities
- Schools, colleges and universities
- Not-for-profit organisations (including social enterprises)
- Businesses with fewer that 250 employees, i.e. small and medium sized enterprises
- Faith groups delivering community work
- Parish councils
The first round of grants opened in 2018, building on the progress of the Smart Living initiative to encourage people to make small changes to their lifestyle which could lead to bigger savings.
We were really impressed with the innovative ideas that Hampshire communities came up with last year to help reduce household waste and we were delighted to be able to award grants to 15 different projects from all over the county.
With another round of grants opened for this year, we spoke to three of our previous successful projects to find out what got them involved.
‘The Rubbish Monster Thing’ is the main character in a book, written and illustrated by Simon Chadwick, of Southampton. The book was aimed at infant-aged children to teach them about reducing waste.
Simon said, “Waste is a problem for everybody and it’s not that hard to do something about it.
“I created a children’s picture book aimed at Infant aged children, and when you talk to children, children so get it and they’re all enthusiastic.”
Another successful project from the 2018 grant was Mrs B’s Bees sandwich satchels. A small family firm in Alton hand-made beeswax sandwich satchels as a reusable alternative to plastic.
Debbie Burton, Mrs B, said “People throw everything away and I’ve been conscious of this for a long time and we’re hoping to promote our beeswax sandwich satchels throughout the schools for children to take their sandwiches to school.”
The Furniture Helpline, featured in last month’s Your Hampshire, is a community reuse charity, and they used their grant to start up a repair café.
Martin Dennison, General Manager at the Furniture Helpline, said “We want to try and encourage people to reuse items that nowadays we throw away too fast and without that seed corn money, the money from Hampshire County Council, we wouldn’t have been able to get it going at all.”
Interested groups are encouraged to discuss potential projects with the County Council’s team prior to applying. Please contact them via email: firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an informal discussion.
Full eligibility criteria and more information on the Grant, including how to apply can be found on our website.