Community grants - Hampshire

Hampshire County Council invited local community, voluntary and other groups to apply for grant funding to deliver projects and activities that help provide vulnerable households with food, utilities, and other essentials to help them keep warm this winter. Funding was granted for eligible activities and support including:

  • support with food
  • energy and water - this includes support with energy bills for any form of fuel that is used for the purpose of domestic heating, cooking, or lighting, including oil or portable gas cylinders, and support with water bills including for drinking, washing, cooking, and sanitary purposes and sewerage
  • essentials linked to energy and water - the Fund can be used to provide support with essentials linked to energy and water (including sanitary products, warm clothing, soap, blankets, boiler service/repair, purchase of equipment including fridges, freezers, ovens, etc.), in recognition that a range of costs may arise which directly affect a household’s ability to afford or access food, energy and water
  • wider essentials - the Fund can be used to support with wider essential needs not linked to energy and water where these are considered to be appropriate. These may include, but are not limited to, clothing and other household essentials.

The fund supported ongoing projects and any new projects that were implemented through the winter and early spring.

The projects awarded are listed below:

Area Organisation Project Summary Awarded
Gosport Feed a Family To offer recipe bag, comprising the ingredients required for the preparation of a meal on the recipe card for 100 families a week that visit the community pantry and to offer monthly cookery classes for families. £12,800
Rushmoor  Vine Centre Community Cupboard To support the operations of their Community Cupboard which provides food as well as wrap around support services for 50 families a week. The funding also contributes to the running of the Community Café which offers employment and training opportunities in hospitality to 14 NEET young people and provides a community social space. £16,734
Winchester Munch CiC Winchester Munch CiC To run four six-week cooking and healthy eating workshop blocks based in different parts of Winchester. These workshops will be targeted at 40 vulnerable families or 160 individuals experiencing food insecurity. £10,888 £10,888 
Winchester FareShare Southern Central Mobile Larders To establish a mobile Food Larder that serve some of the hardest to reach areas around Winchester. This will support 50 families a week, providing better access to nutritious and affordable food. £6,500
Basingstoke & Deane Westside Community Association To run a six week cooking course for 36 families. They will learn how to cook healthy meals on a budget as well as meals that can be cooked in bulk and frozen to save money and time. The last session will run during February half term so that the children can participate in the cooking session and the families can enjoy meal that they have cooked together £6,846
Basingstoke & Deane Whitchurch Conservation Group To provide create food and care packages for 100 families referred through local church, community groups and schools in Whitchurch and Testbourne. £,6580
Test Valley YMCA Andover To support their Foodbox Scheme which will provide 157 families with essential provisions and food. Families need to meet criteria to register on the scheme and receive a box a fortnight. Each family is limited to no more than six boxes in a six-month period. £3,000
Test Valley Romsey Community School - Community Allotment To support the establishment of a grow and eat programme and a Community Allotment space in the school grounds. The project will bring together pupils from the school, community volunteers and local allotment association to grow the produce and supply the community pantry for local families to enjoy. £6,534
New Forest Totton Baby Bundles To provide care packages for up to eight families with newborn babies referred through healthcare providers and community groups. £1,900
New Forest Citizens Advice New Forest To support for outreach support to be delivered through the New Forest mobile food larders, providing access to utility vouchers, help with housing issues and other essentials for vulnerable families. £6,930
Havant Growing Places To support 24 vulnerable families suffering financial hardship through the winter months. The grant will fund essential provisions and food for these families who have been referred through local community groups. £1,579
Havant Park School Pie and Bread Making Havant Park School Pie and Bread Making To support Pie and Bread making classes to teach 240 families how to make their own bread and pies, using healthy ingredients. This will incorporate Food Hygiene training for adults, providing them with the skills to move into possible employment in the hospitality sector. The families will be able to take half of what they make home and contribute half to the Community Pantry to go to other families. £7,000
Havant Park School - Surplus Waste Food Kitchen To support delivery of cooking classes to 60 families and individuals to create tasty and nutritional dishes using leftovers, cheaper cuts and food from the community pantry. £9,500
East Hampshire Alton Community Cupboard To support 150 vulnerable families suffering financial hardship through the winter months. The grant will fund essential provisions and food and some overhead costs for the organisation that is reliant on volunteers. Families will be referred to this project through local community groups. £2,400
Havant The Peace Centre Food Hub & Community Café The grant will contribute to the running cost of the food hub and community café for six months serving 30 families per week. It will also cover fuel costs for volunteers delivering food parcels to the elderly and those with restricted mobility or limited access to transport. £12,480
New Forest Ringwood Foodbank This funding will provide fuel vouchers for 82 households on prepayment energy meters using the criteria established by the Fuelbank Foundation. The organisation has a close and complementary partnership with other agencies, such as Citizens Advice, social services and schools in the area. £5,000
Hampshire UK Harvest Delivery Service The grant will enable the purchase of fresh food to supplement the stock of rescued and donated food delivered to communities through the winter. This will make the food packs more nutritiously rounded for the 1,900 families served across Hampshire by the organisation. £5,000
Havant Tyler’s Trust (Havant) The funding support will help provide food and essential supplies for 25 vulnerable families with seriously ill children. £1,250
Havant Cowplain School Family Hub The Hub organises cookery demonstrations promoting healthy, budget-friendly meals for families facing food poverty. The funding will cover the cost of ingredients for 40 families attending these sessions. £2,000
Hart Charles Kingsley CE Primary The school requested urgent funding to assist a single parent who has 3 children with medical needs to replace a cooker. £330
Gosport Jacobs Well Care Centre The funding is to support the increased demand faced by the Centre which provides food and warm clothing to over 200 families in the Gosport area. £9,000
Test Valley Romsey Community School Ltd The grant will cover the cost of running a 12-hour course in healthy cooking for 48 families in Andover and Eastleigh and will supply ingredients and basic utensils for them to keep. £21,852
East Hampshire St Francis Headley Down Food Bank For the provision of additional food and fuel vouchers through the winter months to meet increased demand at the food bank which serves 150 families with children. £10,000
Fareham Waypoint Hub The funding is to support three initiatives, namely; the provision of meal bags with recipes and ingredients for 100 families; healthy snacks for children attending the Homework Club at the Hub and the purchase of warm underwear for families with children in need. £10,400
Havant 13ANK CIC The grant will enable the CIC to deliver a week’s worth of meal bags and recipes to 200 households in need in the area and highlight the support and wraparound services offered by the centre. £8,326
Hampshire Citizens Advice East Hampshire Additional funding to Citizens Advice Service to provide emergency financial support to 400 vulnerable households across Hampshire with fuel bills over the winter period. £60,000
Rushmoor The Vine Centre The organisation works closely with vulnerable groups that are struggling with food and utility costs and accessing support services.
The funding will provide support to vulnerable households, including members of the Nepalese community with limited English, the elderly and military veterans.
£22,482
Basingstoke & Deane Inspero The organisation runs a Healthy Foods project that provides cooking and nutrition classes for 72 young people. The funding will support six classes, two of which will be for children with special needs. £3,280
East Hampshire Havant and East Hants Mind The Supporting Families Programme helps families across Hampshire, referred by the Early Help Hub, who are facing a variety of issues and struggling to find the right support. The funding will provide 80 families and 30 individuals with direct support in terms of food, warm clothing, bedding, utility bills and white goods. £10,250
Havant Park Community School Havant Park Community School The funding will provide for 1,000 winter warmer parcels of food and clothing to vulnerable people in Havant, Eastleigh, Romsey, Totton and Andover through its network of community organisations. £36,480
Rushmoor The Vine Centre The Centre is facing increased demand following the arrival of Afghan evacuees, asylum seekers and refugees. The funding will enable the provision of food, toiletries and cleaning products. £10,234
East Hampshire Alton Lions Club CIO The grant will support the local resilience fund which has provided 47 vulnerable families and individuals with white goods, carpets, heating appliances and utility bills £15,000
East Hampshire Sacred Heart Catholic Church The funding will enable the establishment of a community garden where local families with children can grow fruit and vegetables followed by cookery classes with the produce they have grown. £7,500
New Forest Joanne Davage The funding is to provide direct assistance with food/utilities to two families who children attend this childcare setting. £200
Havant Hart Plain Infant School The grant will cover the cost of providing meal vouchers to 50 children who have had to isolate due to COVID £640
Havant Park Community School The funding is to provide essential white goods and beds to 26 families and 12 individual householders who have bee directed through its community network and various housing associations and referral agencies. £10,060
Gosport Empower Global - Family Church The funding will enable the programme to provide care and baby packages for 150 expectant mothers. The package will include toiletries, nappies, energy vouchers, sanitary items, warm bedding, winter clothing and formula milk £12,600
New Forest Single Parents Support and Advice Services SPSAS is a national charity that provides various forms of assistance to single parents including emergency food and utility top ups. The funding is to provide up to 100 vulnerable families with a care parcel of food sufficient for a week, utility vouchers and essential hygiene products. £5,000
Winchester Oliver's Battery Primary and Infant School The funding will provide the school with a discretionary fund for families, who may not otherwise have access to support and are in urgent need of assistance with food and utility costs. £500
New Forest Priestlands School The funding will provide the school with a discretionary fund to support a young teen who is presently living in a refuge and in need of shoes, warm clothes and basic essentials. £200
Hampshire Home-Start The charity supports families dealing with a range of challenging circumstances. They provide volunteer-led support to families with young children on a 1:1 basis in their own homes. The funding will contribute to a discretionary hardship fund to provide practical assistance in the form of food and energy vouchers, essential hygiene supplies, warm clothes and bedding for 228 families across Hampshire. £30,000
Gosport Citizens Advice Gosport The charity provides support and advice to the community on a diverse range of subjects. The funding is to provide a stock of vouchers that they can distribute to households who are either in, or at risk of, food and fuel poverty. They anticipate that this would assist 220 families over 6 months. £10,000
Fareham Friends of the Homeless The charity operates the Basics Foodbank that extends support to vulnerable individuals that are homeless or have been referred to them by third party agencies as being at risk of becoming homeless. The funding will contribute to 6 months’ supply of food stocks that will support up to 250 families and individuals. £10,000
Havant Hayling Island Community Centre and Pantry The Community centre and pantry provides food and other essential welfare support to residents in need. The funding will provide essential toiletries and feminine hygiene for expectant mothers and teenagers to 300 vulnerable families over a period of 6 months. £7,500
New Forest Ringwood Foodbank The charity provides emergency food supplies on a referral basis. The funding will contribute to 6 months’ supply of food stocks that will support up to 250 vulnerable families and individuals. £5,000
Basingstoke & Deane Westside Community Association The community centre based in Southam works with a number of partner agencies to offer a range of support services for the whole community. The grant will provide vulnerable households with warm ‘snuggle boxes’ for 50 families whilst the balance will establish a discretionary fund of £7,800 for the provision of white goods for vulnerable households that are referred to the centre. £10,425
Hampshire Citizens Advice The funding is to provide Citizens Advice Hampshire with the capacity to provide access to emergency support for individuals and families across Hampshire who are struggling as a result of the sharp rise in cost of living where the demand for support has escalated since January. Local Citizens Advice are attending weekly outreach sessions across Hampshire to provide food and energy vouchers and grants for heating repairs, white goods, furniture, clothing, rent arrears and other essential support. £50,000
Eastleigh One Community One Community Eastleigh The organisation is an independent charity that provides a range of community services and initiatives. The grant is to provide 110 of their service users with support for heating and food costs over the coming months. It will also be used to supply care packages that include blankets and essential hygiene products as well providing a discretionary fund for heating repairs and the purchase of white goods. £25,058
Eastleigh Wyvern College The discretionary fund for this college will provide 15 of the most vulnerable families with vouchers for utilities through the winter and spring months. £3,750
Rushmoor St Patricks Catholic Primary School The discretionary fund for this school will provide 45 of the most vulnerable families with vouchers for utilities and food through the winter ad spring months. £9,000
Basingstoke & Deane Hatch Warren Junior School The grant will permit school will to provide a vulnerable family with assistance for utilities, food and the purchase of warm clothes for the children. £300
Eastleigh Netley Abbey Junior School The discretionary fund for this school will provide 20 families with vouchers to help with fuel and food, essential hygiene products, blankets and warm clothes for the children as required. £3,000
East Hampshire St Lawrence CE Primary School The funding will provide the school with a discretionary fund to assist a family, who are in urgent need of assistance with food and utility costs. £150
Havant Cowplain School The funding will finance the provision by the school of classes for 40 families on meal planning and shopping for healthy food on a budget. A proportion of the funds will be used for the purchase of bedding and warm clothes for children. £2,000
Fareham The Henry Cort Community College The grant will enable the school to provide food parcels, shoes and warm clothes to 40 students in need. £2,400 
East Hampshire Steep CofE Primary School The funding requested by the school is for a family who are in urgent need of assistance with food and utility costs. £200
New Forest Foxhills Junior School The discretionary fund for this school will provide 49 families with vouchers for food. £1,740
Havant Riverside Community School The discretionary fund will enable the ongoing provision of food vouchers for 74 of the most financially deprived families through the winter months. £18,500
Rushmoor Southwood Infant School The discretionary fund for this school will provide 13 families with food vouchers. £195
East Hampshire Langrish Primary School The requested funding is for the provision of assistance with utility costs to a family who are in urgent need of support. £125
Havant New Life Christian Church, 'Love Your Neighbour Foundation' The charity operates a foodbank that extends support to vulnerable individuals in the Bedhampton area which is one of high deprivation. The funding is to provide an average of 42 families per week with food and essential items. £13,916
New Forest Ringwood Foodbank The foodbank is working on a partnership project with Ringwood Infant School and Ringwood Parish Church to provide a support group for vulnerable families. The funding will enable the setting up and equipping of a small kitchen for the preparation of refreshments and snacks. £1,000
East Hampshire Wootey Infant School The funding will provide the school with vouchers for five families who are in urgent need of assistance with food. £125
Rushmoor Community Grub Hub The community food hub, established in December 2021, serves 320 vulnerable households in Aldershot. The grant will finance the provision of utility vouchers, the purchase of white goods and the supply of food to the hub for a period of six months. £26,640
Basingstoke Castle Hill Primary School The funding will provide the school with vouchers for 12 families who are in urgent need of assistance with food and utility costs. £600
Fareham Crofton School The funding will provide the school with vouchers for 55 families who are in urgent need of assistance with food and utility costs. £1,650
Havant Glenwood School The funding will provide the school with a discretionary fund for 13 families, who are in urgent need of assistance with food and utility costs, clothes, boiler repairs and white goods. £1,040
Test Valley Icknield School The funding will provide the school with vouchers for 55 families, who are in urgent need of assistance with food and utility costs. £2,160
Test Valley Ampfield CofE Primary School The funding will provide the school with food and utility vouchers for nine vulnerable households. £700
Winchester John Kebel CofE Primary School The funding will provide the school with vouchers for eight families who are in urgent need of assistance with food and utility costs and in the case of a particular family, the purchase of a freezer. £450
Basingstoke & Deane Four Lanes Infant School The discretionary fund for this school will provide 9 families with vouchers to help with the cost of utilities, basic essentials and warm clothes for the children. £450
East Hampshire St Mary's Bentworth The grant will permit the school to provide 7 vulnerable families with assistance for utilities, food and the purchase of warm clothes for the children. £2,800
Rushmoor Hart Voluntary Action The organisation works with the Young Carers Alliance and runs regular club events for young carers. The grant will fund the purchase of basic kitchen equipment at the Mayfield Community Centre in Farnborough, where the club is based and enable the organisers and the young carers to prepare their own meals. £2,004
Gosport Brockhurst Primary School The grant will permit the school to provide 120 vulnerable children with warm clothes and shoes. £4,200
Rushmoor The Wavell School The funding is, primarily, to facilitate the participation in cooking classes of 30 students through the provision of ingredients and utensils. A proportion of it will be used to provide 94 vulnerable children with warm clothes. £3,565
Test Valley John Hanson Community School The school will use this discretionary fund to provide 257 children with vouchers for food and essential hygiene products. £7,126
Winchester Winchester Vineyard Church This church distributes surplus food from supermarkets to vulnerable people in the local community. The monies will fund the creation of a community vegetable patch, the produce from which will be distributed to temporary accommodation hostels and local families in need. £1,000
East Hampshire Community First Wessex The organisation manages the Clanfield Centre and offers a wide range of services and activities to promote the independent living and wellbeing of residents. The funding will support the hosting of twice monthly cooking and nutrition workshops for up to 96 families. It will also support ‘chatty afternoons’ at their café for over 800 people who are socially isolated Their fully accessible community vehicle will offer transport to local older & disabled residents from Clanfield. £10,075
East Hampshire Andrews' Endowed CE Primary School The funding will provide the school with a discretionary fund to assist 4 families, who are in urgent need of help, with food and utility costs and warm clothes for the children. £1,587
Fareham Crofton Hammond Infant School The funding will provide the school with a discretionary fund to assist 2 families with food vouchers. £60
New Forest Calmore Junior School The funding will provide the school with a discretionary fund to assist 5 families, who are in urgent need, with food and utility costs. £500
East Hampshire Bushy Leaze Children and Families Centre Bushy Leaze is a Children and Families Centre supporting expectant families and those with pre-school children with a range of services and facilities. The funding will enable the provision of vouchers for food and essential supplies for 120 families. £4,000
East Hampshire Liphook Junior School The funding will permit 23 vulnerable children to attend the school’s after-school club for 13 weeks where they are provided with a meal and looked after until 6pm. £1,794
Winchester Swanmore College The funding will provide 24 families who are in urgent need with warm clothing and bedding, as well as food and utility vouchers. Of this sum, £1,578 has been earmarked for the replacement of white goods for some these families. £9,296
New Forest Waterside Foodbank Waterside Foodbank provides food and essential support for people living on the Waterside in the New Forest. The funding will support the provision of utility vouchers for up to 80 households that have been referred to the foodbank. £5,000
Eastleigh Stoke Park Infant School The grant will cover the cost of ingredients for vulnerable families wishing to participate in a course on how to prepare healthy food on a limited budget. The course will run for 36 weeks and cater for 12 families at any one time. £2,880
East Hampshire Andrews’ Endowed CE Primary The funding will enable the school to provide a vulnerable family of six with utility vouchers. £400
Rushmoor North Farnborough Infant School The school will use this discretionary fund to provide 15 children, and their families, with vouchers for food and utilities. £2,475

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