Eastleigh Borough Council’s borough-wide community grant scheme has opened offering grants of up to £1,000.
The grants are available for non-profit making community groups, voluntary organisations, trusts, friendly societies, social enterprises and community interest companies all of whom can apply provided that their objectives are charitable as defined by the Charity Act 2006.
A group must provide a service directly, offer advice/information or promote self-help and must have a wide community benefit that is open to anyone.
Priority is given to groups whose aims reflect the Council’s priorities of promoting health, prosperity, the environment, community development and community involvement, with a focus on doing more for less, for example, projects that help the community save money or make their money go further, like an upcycling project.
What can a grant be used for?
- Purchase of equipment or materials
- Contribution towards running costs
- Funding specific projects
- Development of the organisation.
A Council spokesperson said, “We are delighted to support the work of local charities and community groups with this grant funding. The Council is aware of the fantastic work that many groups and organisations provide, and we encourage all local charities and community groups across the Borough to apply."
Applications for this year's scheme opened on Monday 2 December and will close on at 12 noon on Monday 3 February.