Grants introduction

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council provides grants, funding and a range of support services to various voluntary and community sector organisations (VCSOs) to improve the general wellbeing of local residents.

We believe that VCSOs have the skills and abilities to provide locally needed services in an effective and efficient manner, providing maximum value for local residents. Additional benefits of building social capital or engaging people with their own communities through volunteering simply reinforces the importance of this approach.

Borough council grants/funding schemes

The council operates many different grant schemes to support its local communities and help achieve its priorities. Each scheme has different aims and criteria and the following links provide further information:

Click here for Community Heritage and Environment Fund (CHEF)

Click here for Leisure Grants and Have your Say Community Grant

Click here for Housing Grants (Disabled Facilities, Home Repair Assistance, Renovation)

Click here for Community Plan Grants

Community and Voluntary Sector grant funding from April 2015

From 1 April 2015 the way in which the council gives grants to community and voluntary organisations will change. The recommended approach is being presented to the Council’s Community, Environment and Partnerships (CEP) Committee on 15 October and Cabinet on 28 October. The paper for the CEP meeting can be view under Committees and their meetings page. 

Subject to political sign-off the anticipated timetable for rollout is scheduled as follows:

Grants process launched and applications process opens (via BDBC website) 7 November 2014
Grants workshop 10 November 2014
Application process closes 12 December 2014
Award notification 27 February 2015

The new approach will give the opportunity for community and voluntary sector organisations to make an application for grant funding for programmes of work they are planning to deliver from 1 April 2015 onwards, for up to three years. The grant application form and guidance will appear on this page on 7th November 2014.

The council is holding a workshop on 10th November 2014 for community and voluntary sector organisations to introduce the new application and award process. The workshop will take place in the council committee rooms at the Civic Offices between 13:00 and 15:30. It will be open to all current grant recipients and any other community or voluntary sector organisation that is interested in applying. Because of the anticipated interest we would ask you to limit your attendees at this workshop to no more than TWO PEOPLE per organisation. Please email your confirmation of attendance and the names of the people coming to with the words ‘Grants Workshop 10th November’ in the subject box.

Details of the organisation that currently receive funding can be viewed on Voluntary Sector Support Funding 2013 to 2015 page.

The Council awards small grants of between £200 and £2,000 through our Have you Say grant scheme.