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 April 2015 the way in which the council funds many of our community and voluntary sector organisations will change as we replace the current Core Revenue Grant funding arrangements.

These changes will not impact on current or future recipients of:

  • Community Heritage and Environment Fund grants
  • Leisure Grants and Have Your Say community grants
  • Housing grants
  • Community grants

The new approach gives the opportunity for community and voluntary sector organisations to make an application for grant funded programmes of work they are planning to deliver from 1 April 2015 onwards, for up to three years.

The application process is open now and closes on 12 December 2014.

The application form, the guidance for applicants and a budget template can be found here.

Grant funded programmes application form

Programme Grant Funding budget spreadsheet

Grant Award Scheme - guide for applicants

Completed application forms, budgets and any other documents should be emailed to grants@basingstoke.gov.uk. They can be emailed to us at any time after 7 November but must be received by 5pm on 12 December 2014. Any application received after this time will not be considered. You will be sent an email acknowledgement of our receipt of your application within 48 hours of submitting it.

Evaluation will be ongoing - as applications are received - from 10 November 2014 until the first week in January 2015. All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by 27 February 2015.

The guidance for applicants also gives details of the council’s strategic grant funding. The application form for strategic grants is here.

Strategic grant application form

Only a small number of organisations will fulfil the criteria for strategic grants. Those organisations who are likely to be eligible for this funding will have already been in conversation with council officers. However, if you believe your organisation should be considered for a strategic grant you should contact the council (details below) to have a conversation with us before completing an application form.

When completing your form to help you see the word count if you highlight the words that you want to be counted, the word count will show on the bottom of the page left hand corner of your screen.

For additional support please contact the council’s Commissioning Strategy team by emailing grants@basingstoke.gov.uk alternatively telephone Ceri Adams or Mark Davison on 01256 845608.

Grants workshop - 10 November 2014

Thank you to the 70 people who attended our grants workshop on 10 November. As promised the presentation we delivered and the Q&A are now here to help you complete your application, you can find both documents at the bottom of the page.

Documents