Grant funding available for community group projects

Current round of Community Chest applications closes 31 October

Community groups can apply for essential funding as part of the latest round of the Community Chest small grants scheme. Running for over 35 years, the council’s long standing grant payment system offers financial assistance of up to £2500. Monty's cargo bikeCommunity groups, small voluntary organisations and small scale social enterprises that benefit the residents of Southampton by offering projects, events and activities are all encouraged to apply for the funding grants.

The scheme runs twice a year, roughly 6 months apart, with the next round of applications closing on Thursday 31 October 2019, at midday. Applicants must have an annual income of less than £250,000 and applicants with an annual income of less than £50,000 are given priority.

The council is especially keen to support projects that link in with the Green City Charter and Mayflower 400 activities, alongside the usual community activities. We’re also especially keen to hear from some of the wards that we’ve had the lowest number of applications from in the previous years. For support on setting up a community group please contact Southampton Voluntary Services. Any community group that’s already constituted and have queries about the grant or their eligibility can come directly to the grants team for advice, grants@southampton.gov.uk or 023 8083 4067. The full application guidelines and application form are available online, just search for ‘Community Chest’ on the council website.

Monty’s Community Hub was awarded a grant of £2,500 in 2018 as a contribution towards buying an environmentally friendly vehicle for the Monty’s Bike Hub project. The project supports and promotes cycling in the east of the city and provides an opportunity for local people to learn new skills. Josh Allen, who leads the project, told us: “Having a cargo bike has been great for Monty’s Bike Hub. Firstly, cycling it round Southampton has been a great advert for Monty’s Bike Hub as it is all branded up and people can see our contact details and what we do. Secondly it is a great opportunity to show what can be achieved with a cargo bike, how much can be carried and how many car / van journeys can be reduced. We have dramatically reduced our vehicle usage saving us mileage costs and reduce air pollution.”

Cabinet Member for Green City and Environment, Councillor Stephen Leggett said: “We get a fantastic response from local community organisations who share with us a keen wish to make our communities stronger, bring people together and celebrate what is good about Southampton and its different communities. We need to ensure that community groups continue to apply for this vital funding that they’re entitled to, and makes such an incredible difference.”