Recreation and Heritage Community Fund 2019 to 2020

What is funded?

The priority of the scheme is to fund projects which:

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

In addition, small one-off grants from £1,000 to £3,000 will also be awarded to help pump-prime community events and activities.

The programme is not designed to be overly prescriptive.

Applicants must support the priorities and outcomes of Hampshire County Council’s Serving Hampshire - Strategic Plan for 2017 to 2021. 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
What is not funded?

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
  • commercial/profit making organisations
  • schools, including pre-schools and colleges

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
  • ongoing staff costs. We may fund a fixed-term member of staff or consultant to carry out a time-limited piece of work
  • fund-raising activities
  • projects which meet the aims of other Hampshire County Council grant schemes. Where relevant, applications may be transferred to more appropriate schemes

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.

Grant criteria and eligibility

Organisations must be properly constituted with clear and effective local governance and management structures. 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 charitable organisations are expected to have an agreed reserves policy that addresses their financial risk.

Projects should be well developed with match-funding secured. Organisations should have also applied to local District or Parish Councils where local funding opportunities exist.

Hampshire County Council will normally fund up to a maximum grant of £100,000. Contact CCBS Grants to discuss any proposals in excess of this.

Match funding or clear evidence of seeking match funding is highly desirable although not essential.

We would expect any applications for new buildings or large extensions to show consideration has been given to the development of a Changing Place even if it is not included in the final project.

All applicants will be expected to have obtained permission from the landlord to undertake the capital work. 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.

Where appropriate, depending on the grant sum requested, the organisation will be expected to submit supporting documentation.

When to apply

The Recreation and Heritage Community Fund Grant is a rolling scheme and applications are welcome at any time. Funding will be available from April 2019.

For applications over £25,000 there will be a two stage application process. Organisations should submit an Expression of interest in the first instance. Contact CCBS Grants to discuss this in the first instance.

Applications will be dealt with on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.

Guidance on completing your application

Read carefully the Guidance for applicants and the Checklist of documents to submit with the application when preparing your application. Complete the relevant application checklist (Application checklist for small one-off grants of £1,000 to £3,000 or the general Application checklist for all other applications) and submit with your supporting documentation. This will help us identify your supporting evidence and process your application in a timely manner.

Guidance for applicants

Table of required supporting documents

Application checklist for small one off grants of £1,000 to £3,000

Application checklist

Expression of Interest form required for all applications over £25,000

Before you apply

The Recreation and Heritage 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

CCBS Grants
Hampshire County Council
Office 2
Second Floor
Castle Hill
SO23 8UL

Phone 01962 845390


Read our terms and conditions before applying.