Leaders Community Grants

What is funded? 

The purpose of the scheme is to fund one-off, time limited projects which:

  • provide community benefit and help local communities thrive
  • help local organisations become financially self-supporting and not reliant on public sector funding

Applications will be particularly welcomed where they can demonstrate how they:

  • respond to the Climate Emergency, as declared by the Council in June 2019
  • reduce demand for Council services

Application must support the priorities and outcomes of Hampshire County Council’s Serving Hampshire - Strategic Plan for 2021 to 2025. It forms the cornerstone of all strategies and plans across departments and service areas. It features four key aims:

  • Hampshire maintains strong and sustainable economic growth and prosperity
  • people in Hampshire live safe, healthy and independent lives
  • people in Hampshire enjoy a rich and diverse environment
  • people in Hampshire enjoy being part of strong, inclusive communities

Applications can be made for over £1,000 to a maximum of £25,000 and may be for activity costs and/or capital costs.  Applications in excess of £25k will occasionally be considered in exceptional circumstances.

Secured match funding or clear evidence of seeking match funding is highly desirable. Organisations should have also applied to local District or Parish Councils where local funding opportunities exist.

Supporting documentation will be required for all applications.

Who can apply?

Organisations wishing to apply must be properly constituted with clear and effective governance and management structures. They must be delivering activities or services that benefit Hampshire residents. Organisations will not normally be eligible for grants where they hold unallocated reserves in excess of one year’s running costs. Where it is judged that unallocated reserves are unreasonably in excess of what is required or not allocated for legitimate purposes, those organisations may receive a reduced grant. All organisations are expected to have an agreed reserves policy that addresses their financial risk.

The following organisations are not funded under this scheme:

  • individuals
  • services provided solely within the unitary authority areas of Portsmouth City Council and/or Southampton City Council
  • other local authorities, including District, Parish and Town Councils (Parish and Town Councils may be able to apply for grant funding from the Parish and Town Council Investment Fund)
  • commercial/profit making organisations
  • schools, including pre-schools and colleges
  • large, national organisations or ‘household name charities’, including local branches
  • political parties or groups affiliated with a political party or from lobbying/campaigning organisations.
  • Applications will only be considered from faith groups who can demonstrate their facilities are open and used by the local community other than for church related activities and then only for works in relation to the Disability Discrimination Act
  • Requests may be considered from County wide groups (e.g. Guides, Scouts, Hampshire County Youth Orchestra) for specific trips e.g. for an international jamboree or cultural tour.  Individual requests will not usually be considered.
  • Self-help by organisations is encouraged, and therefore grants are normally only a percentage of the sum required to complete a project.
When to apply

Applications are welcomed at any time and will be dealt with on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. Recommendations for awards will be taken to the next available Executive Members decision day. This may be up to three months after the application is received, in line with meeting schedules.

Projects should be well developed, with match-funding secured, clear evidence of seeking match funding and any supported projects will normally be expected to commence within six-months of the decision date. All applicants for building works will be expected to evidence freehold or to have obtained permission from the landlord. If required, applicants will also be expected to have obtained (or engaged in the process of) planning permission and/or listed buildings consent (if appropriate) to carry out the works before applying.

What is not funded? 

The following projects are not funded under this scheme:

  • the purchase of land
  • capital works that have already been carried out - we cannot retrospectively fund projects; grants are awarded for works to be carried out in the future
  • general running costs of organisations - these grants are not intended to replace shortfalls in service delivery budgets or replace funding for other support you may be able to obtain, or that you have obtained from us in the past
  • ongoing staff costs - we may fund a fixed-term member of staff or consultant to carry out a time-limited piece of work
  • repeat applications to cover previously funded activities/annual applications for the same activities
  • profit-making or fund-raising activities, or onward distribution of funds
  • projects which meet the aims of other Hampshire County Council grant schemes - where relevant, applications may be transferred to more appropriate schemes
  • applications for £1,000 or less - where relevant, these should be directed to the Members’ Devolved Grants Scheme.

Organisations will not be awarded more than one grant per financial year and previously funded projects must be completed before a new application is made. Previous levels of Council funding will be taken into account when assessing applications.

Guidance on completing your application

Read carefully the Guidance for Applicants document, it provides step by step guidance to assist you in. preparing your application. Complete the relevant application checklist for your project (Application Checklist for Small one-off Grants of £1,000 to £3,000 or the general Application Checklist for All Projects Over £3,000 for other applications) and submit with your supporting documentation. Building projects are also required to complete the Document Checklist for Building Projects. The checklists will help us identify your supporting evidence and process your application in a timely manner. Please submit supporting documentation and completed checklists by email to ccbsgrants@hants.gov.uk and quote your grant reference number in the email subject line. You will receive an automatically generated ‘no-reply’ email with your grant reference number after you have submitted your application – please check your junk mail or spam folder if you do not see this in your inbox.

Copies of the guidance and checklists can be found below.

Guidance for Applicants
Application Checklist for Small one-off Grants of £1,000 to £3,000
Application Checklist for All Projects Over £3,000
Document Checklist for Building Projects

Before you apply

The Leaders Community Fund does not accept applications for less than £1,000. All applications to the fund must be made using the standard form (Over £1,000), even in instances where the application is for exactly £1,000. Applications made using the short form will be rejected and you will be required to submit your application again.

Contact us

Phone 01962 845390

Email ccbsgrants@hants.gov.uk

Read our terms and conditions before applying.