Please note your referee must not be an employee of Hampshire County Council.
HCC Valuing Hampshire Communities
The core principle is to improve opportunities for people living in Hampshire to maintain or develop social support clubs and networks, increase independence, improve confidence (particularly where there is a long term condition involved), and reduce isolation.
Any proposed intervention could include trying something completely new (with clear identification of aims and objectives and how the benefits will be measured), or introducing into local communities something that has been shown to work elsewhere.
The focus will be on smaller community groups and priority will be given for colloboration/groups working together and projects that demonstrate sustainability after this funding.
This funding is not focused on training and support courses.
Size of Grants
Minimum of £1000
Maximum of £5000
Groups based & active in
Community Development & Support - Youth
Community Development & Support - Older People
Sports & Recreation
Health & Wellbeing
The grant can be awarded to contribute towards service/project costs and/or core costs including salaries.
Beneficiaries must be 18 years of age or older.
Small grants award for £1,000 to £5,000 should focus on one or more of the following criteria for their social club or social network: Specific geographical areas, Interventions for early intervention and prevention, specific vulnerable groups.
Research undertaken on predicting which areas are likely to have high social isolation and need for social care support has identified some specific geographical areas where targeted interventions may improve independence and reduce demand. This list is not exhaustive but priority will be considered for social clubs and networks in the following geographical areas:
Aldershot specifically St Marks, Rowhill and Aldershot Park
Basingstoke - specifically Popley, Brighton Hill, Winklebury and South Ham
Andover North including Alamein
Eastleigh including Hamble-le-Rice, Bursledon and Netley
Fareham/Winchester specifically Porchester, Fareham South and Wickham
Havant including Hayling and Emsworth
New Forest specifically Ringwood, Lymington, Bransgore and Burley, and Milton
Interventions that either social clubs or networks will help to deliver
Research on what works in early intervention and prevention initiatives highlights key factors that are important in keeping people healthy or reducing deterioration for people with long term conditions or a social care need. Proposed interventions or initiatives that address more than one of the criteria below will be given priority:
Keeping mentally active - improving memory and mental stimulation (e.g. Reading groups/singing groups)
Keeping physically active - improving muscle strength and flexibility (e.g. walking groups, walking football, dance classes, community gardening clubs)
Eating well and maintaining a healthy weight (e.g. community gardens, dining clubs, community cafes)
Being socially active (e.g. supporting people to create new networks and/or keep up with old networks, volunteering)
Vulnerable groups that go to the social clubs or social networks
Evidence has demonstrated that people who are socially isolated or lonely are at increased risk of ill health and social care need. Having a lack of social relationships is comparable with well-established risk factors for mortality such as smoking and alcohol. Although older people are at risk of isolation and loneliness, being older doesn't necessarily mean that people are isolated or lonely. Other groups of people who are more likely to be impacted by isolation and loneliness and therefore will be considered as a priority include:
Those that provide significant amounts of unpaid care
Those with mental health conditions (including dementia)
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people
People in ethnic minority groups
People with long-term conditions and disability (including learning disabilities)
People who are unemployed (any age)
People who suffer from addiction
Young mothers and mothers of young children
Whilst the above is not an exhaustive list, it provides some examples of those at risk of isolation.
Clubs and networks NOT based and active in Hampshire. Please note grants are not available for Southampton, Portsmouth, and Isle of Wight
Applications from individuals
Statutory organisations, including schools
Organisations that are for the sole benefit or relief of animals or plants
Any party political activity
Proselytising activities, ie active promotion of a specific religion or belief system
To fund trips abroad
Services provided by an organisation under contract to the Adult Services Department
Capital grants (i.e. for equipment)
Generic counselling services
Where appropriate, organisations shall have:
relevant policies in place
an appropriate adult / child protection policy which includes obtaining checks carried out by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
in place insurance arrangements in respect of staff, volunteers, users and third parties
Organisations will not normally be eligible for grants where they hold unallocated reserves in excess of one year's running costs, or where it is judged that these reserves are unreasonably in excess of what is required or not allocated for legitimate purposes. Those organisations receiving recurring funding which hold unallocated reserves in excess of three months' running costs may receive a reduced grant.