Funding for Community Pantries - Hampshire

Local community groups are invited to apply for funding to open a new Community Pantry in a high need area or to support an established Community Pantry that will help provide vulnerable families with food.

The grant will be open for applications from 28 November 2022 to 6 January 2023.

Organisations wishing to apply for a grant in most cases will be a registered community or voluntary sector organisation. This includes faith groups, youth organisations, town, parish and community councils, schools, colleges, and early years settings.

Applications from private sector organisations may be considered but it is not acceptable to generate profit from initiatives delivered with connect4communities funding.

Organisations bidding for funding should ensure that their intended project does not duplicate existing pantries opened through the connect4communities programme.

Applications should be made by downloading the HCC community pantry application form and emailing it to connect4communities@hants.gov.uk. Before completing the application form, applicants should read the community pantry guidance document.

Each grant application will be evaluated by a panel and a decision made based on the extent that:

  • the grant supports the eligibility criteria
  • it is clear who and how many beneficiaries there will be as a result of the funding
  • we can be confident of delivery within the set timescales
  • the grant offers value for money

Based on this evaluation, the panel may decide to award the total grant in one or more instalments, or a partial amount of the total grant requested.

Applications for funding support services, sessions or training to benefit Community Pantry users will also be considered.

Upon receiving funding, your organisation will become part of Hampshire County Council’s Community Pantry network which offers support via monthly network meetings, regular communications, sharing of information, and access to the online Community Pantry Information Hub.

If your application is approved, you will need to return a signed copy of the community pantry agreement.

The funding applied for should be used by 31 March 2023.

If you wish to have a discussion with Hampshire County Council’s Community Pantry Coordinator before applying for funding, please email Connect4communities@hants.gov.uk to arrange a call.