Three community grant schemes open
A range of community grants are available from Eastleigh Borough Council to support charities and not-for-profit organisations across the Borough.
The Bursledon, Hamble-le-Rice & Hound, and Chandler’s Ford & Hiltingbury Local Area Committee community grants are open all year round, but others have a specific window for applications.
Each community grant has its own timeline, criteria and required supporting documentation - so organisations should read the guidelines thoroughly before submitting an application.
The 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.
For 2021, the Council is prioritising funding for projects that help the response to and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly those that support digital accessing of services and/or address digital exclusion.
What can a grant be used for?:
- Purchase of equipment or materials
- Contribution towards running costs
- Funding specific projects
- Development of the organisation.
Applications for this year's scheme have opened and will close Friday 29 January 2021, 12 Noon.
Local Area Committee Grants
Grants will be awarded for one off projects, equipment and individual events and are not for day to day costs (such as hall hire cost, salaries). If the applicant has more than 10% of annual running costs in their unallocated reserves, then no grant will be awarded.
Hedge End, West End and Botley Local Area Committee
Charities and not-for-profit organisations in the Hedge End, West End & Botley (HEWEB) area now have the chance to apply for grant funding.
Applications close Monday 7 December 2020.
Eastleigh Local Area Committee
Charities and not-for-profit organisations in the Eastleigh town area now have the chance to apply for grant funding.
Particularly welcome are applications that, for example:
- Support young people's mental health
- Reduce social isolation
- Promote neighbourhood connections
- 'Green' our streets
- Create visual or performance art
Applications close Sunday 20 December 2020
To find out more and apply for any of these grants, organisations should visit www.eastleigh.gov.uk/communitygrants
Cabinet Lead for Social Policy, Cllr Tina Campbell, said: “Supporting our local charities and not-for-profit organisations operating within the Borough is more important than ever. The coronavirus pandemic means that many have lost funding streams and we need to ensure their great work continues. We hope everyone will share these grant opportunities so that we maximise applications, benefiting local areas.”