Waste Prevention Community
Grant Fund

How to apply

The Grant Fund is currently closed to applications

Please email [email protected] if you would like to be notified when the fund reopens.

Grant fund is Open for Applications

About the grant

The Waste Prevention Community Grant Fund was set up in 2017 to help kickstart or expand projects which reduce household waste in Hampshire and provide benefits to the local community.

Find out about the Waste Prevention Community Grant Fund, see the projects supported by the fund in your area and find out how to apply.

Watch this short film to find out more about the fund and some of the projects it has supported.

Find a Waste Prevention or Reuse project in your area

Find projects in your area which have been supported by the fund.

Case studies

Find out more about some of the projects supported.

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The Vine Centre Community Cupboard

A community project to teach beneficiaries how to make the most of their food, money saving tips and recipes from ingredients that they may not have previously known how to use.

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The Maker’s House

A Make do and Mend project that helps people learn basic skills in sewing and cookery to help people reduce, reuse and recycle more easily.

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The Green Gram Community Refill Shop

A community refill shop run by volunteers in order to make it a truly community venture.

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Fordingbridge Community Composting

A Community Composting project helping to reduce people’s kitchen waste and supply compost for their gardens.

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CRY Kilo Sales and community swap events

Fashion events aimed at younger people, helping them learn that they change up their wardrobe often and affordably through buying second hand, and more general swap events for all members of the community.

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Find out more

Find out more about reuse and repair, food waste, home composting or help for new families.

Find out more about Waste Prevention


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How to apply

Funding can be awarded to

  • Community, neighbourhood or voluntary groups
  • Registered Charities
  • Schools, colleges and universities
  • Not-for-profit organisations (including social enterprises)
  • Businesses with fewer than 250 employees, i.e. Small and medium sized enterprises
  • Faith groups delivering community work
  • Parish Councils

Funding cannot be awarded to

  • Business as usual activities
  • Recycling projects
  • Projects which focus on reducing business or commercial waste, including school waste
  • Projects where the impacts will be outside the Hampshire County Council administrative area (this includes Southampton and Portsmouth City Council areas)
  • That they will have an impact on household waste within the Hampshire County Council administrative area (this does not include Southampton or Portsmouth City Council areas)
  • That they are innovative or new and do not duplicate activity in the local area (e.g. District/Town/Parish) that is already taking place
  • Measurable reductions in the amount of household waste, e.g. through items reused, or food diverted from waste. Please note, this does not include recycling activities
  • Social benefits (jobs/volunteer posts created, number of residents who have learnt new skills)
  • How the activities will be sustained after the initial funding period, and/or leave a ‘legacy’ in terms of waste prevention outcomes
  • The fund will only support new projects, or expansion of existing products and services. It will not pay for existing activities
  • Funding must be spent within 1 year of award
  • Successful projects will submit monthly monitoring information and data to the Waste Prevention Team for 1 year from the first grant payment
  • The maximum amount awarded to each project will be £5,000. There is no minimum amount

The fund is currently looking to support the set-up of the specific project types in the following areas:

  • Libraries of Things in the Winchester, Basingstoke or Bridgemary areas
  • Reusable Nappy Libraries in the Romsey, Fareham/Gosport
  • Repair Cafés in the Eastleigh area
  • Community Fridges which accept food donations from household sources in the Bordon, Winchester Farnborough or Totton areas
  • Community Composting in the East Hants District area
  • Toy Libraries in the Aldershot, Bordon, Winchester or Fareham areas
  • School uniform or other school based swap services in the Farnborough or Aldershot areas

Find out more

Find out more information on setting up Swap events, Community Composting schemes, Repair Cafes and Reusable Nappy Libraries from our Get Involved webpage.

Potential applicants should contact the Waste Prevention Team at [email protected] to arrange a discussion on their proposed project before they apply.

From application to funding


Contact the Waste Prevention Team for an informal discussion before you apply at
[email protected]


Apply through completing both forms on the application page


Application window closes and applications are assessed against criteria

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Applicants are emailed a decision date


Applicants are informed of the decision outcomes

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Introduction meetings are set up with the Waste Prevention team for successful applicants

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Applicants agree on what they will measure and sign grant agreements

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Start your project and report on its impact for 12 months after funding

The Grant Fund is currently closed to applications

Please email [email protected] if you would like to be notified when the fund reopens.