Community Funding Sources

This page contains a list of funding sources available to community groups, charities and small businesses in the Havant Constituency. Alan Mak MP has no influence on the decisions made by these organisations, or any affiliations with them. 

Local Authority Funding

Please see below a list of Local Authority Funding sources. Local authorities are administrative bodies in local government, for example borough, city or county councils. 

Havant Borough Council Community Grant Scheme

The community grant scheme, which launched last year as a pilot, has now been confirmed as an on-going fixture owing to its success in helping more than 70 local groups and organisations.

Each of Havant borough’s 38 councillors has been allocated £1,000 to distribute to local projects and initiatives to ensure that communities can fund specific needs in their area.

Voluntary and not-for-profit organisations that benefit the borough can apply for grants of between £20 and £1,000 towards a particular project.


Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation 

The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation’s grant programmes support community projects for: all ages, those with disabilities, families in crisis, the homeless, those in poor health, people looking to get back in to work, those seeking protection, those looking to get healthier through sport, drama and singing, those who want to learn about the arts and local culture, and those who are isolated or lonely. Grants are awarded to smaller lesser known charities, and community groups.

The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Foundation is also offering a new round of funding from the 'Moneybarn Social Impact Fund' which supports local community and voluntary groups in Havant. This fund will award grants between £1,000 and £5,000 to projects and services aiming to alleviate the problems that prevent social inclusion.

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIWCF) is partnering with the NHS and Action Hampshire to provide a fund of £100,000 to enable the charitable sector to continue to play a vital role in supporting local communities affected by coronavirus.

Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a new levy that local authorities can charge on developments in their area.

CIL income can be used to fund additional infrastructure required to support new development including roads, schools, green spaces and community facilities


Hampshire County Councillor Grants

Applications can be made by a wide variety of organisations and groups located within the administrative County of Hampshire, but the organisation or group must have a bank account, and (for grants over £5,000) provide a set of accounts and, where relevant, details of the organisation’s child/adults safeguarding policy. Applications from religious groups may be considered, but the application must show that the project will bring wider community benefit. Applications from Maintained Schools, Academies, District, Borough or City Council’s, National Park Authorities, the Police, the Fire Service and the NHS may also be considered but only when the applicant can demonstrate that the grant will support an additional community benefit and will not be used to supplement the core services or functions of that organisation.


Police and Crime Commissioner's Covid-19 Keeping Communities Safer Fund:

Existing voluntary groups, parish and town councils, schools, and informal community groups established in direct response to COVID-19 can apply for grants of £500 to support initiatives that are helping people stay safe.


Hampshire County Council - Business Hampshire

Previously known as 'Invest Hampshire', this service aims to showcase all that is great about Hampshire with the aim to attract new business investment into the county and, to support the grown and success of our existing local businesses, large and small.

Government Funding

Business Support Campaign

This fund is categorised into four themes, to help businesses find best what they are looking for:

• Finance and business planning - including funding for new businesses and business growth, dealing with late payments, and equity and debt finance

• Leadership and Talent - including mentoring schemes, help with recruiting, developing leadership skills or joining a network.  

• Innovation and Technology  - including funding for innovation, adoption of new technology, intellectual property and finding partners for innovation.    

• Exporting - including support for doing business internationally and expanding online.


National Funding

Please see below a list of funding sources that are organised and awarded at a national level. 

Association of Charitable Foundations

ACF is the membership body for the UK foundations and grant-making charities.


Grants Online

Up to date UK grant funding database.


National Lottery Community Fund

The National Lottery is funding projects in the arts, sport, heritage, charity, voluntary, health, education and environmental sectors.

£200M has been made available by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to support small and medium charitable and community organisations during the Covid-19 outbreak. 


People's Postcode Lottery Trust

For initiatives to improve the health and wellbeing of communities-including the arts and physical recreation projects- as well as those with a focus on reducing isolation, and for groups dedicated to improving and increasing access to outdoor space.


Power to Change

The fund is designed to support existing community businesses with grants to help them progress towards self-sufficiency. This could be through increasing trading income, securing an asset or significantly reducing revenue costs.


Aviva Community Fund

The Aviva Community Fund has been made available for new and existing charities, to apply for funding to take the next step. To this end, any projects submitted, should be to develop a new approach, product, pilot a new scheme, implement a new initiative, or expand services to a new area or beneficiary group. 


"No Deal" Business Readiness Fund

The Fund will enable Business Organisations, Trade Associations, Chartered Institutes and other business membership bodies to apply for funds to drive business preparedness for Brexit by providing advice and practical support to UK-based businesses. 


The Arts Council

Supporting thousands of individual artists, community and cultural organisations through National Lottery Project Grant.


Biffa Awards

Providing four funding options for; Rebuilding Biodiversity, Community Buildings, Recreation and Partnership.


Ernst Trust

All grants awarded are for environmental education projects, outdoor learning and ‘learning from the land’. The Trustees would like to see applicants addressing key global concerns through educational projects which focus on issues such as (but not exclusive to): connecting with nature, climate change, environmental pollution, loss of biodiversity, farming and food production, renewable energy, mental and physical wellbeing, social justice.


Lloyds Bank Foundation

Grants for small and local charities, investing in their work helping people overcome complex social issues across England and Wales.


Veolia Environmental Trust

Funding for a broad range of projects that; support biodiversity, parks and paths, and recreation facilities.


Greggs Foundation

The foundation supports people in need in the heart of local communities. The Greggs Foundation prioritises organisations that support voluntary carers, people with disabilities, homeless people and older people.


Sports Funding 

Please see below a list of funding sources exclusively for sports in the community. 

Sports England Community Asset Fund:

This programme is dedicated to enhancing spaces in the local community that give people the opportunity to be active.  This could be a park, a hall or pitch.


The Football Foundation

Funding the development of new and refurbished grassroots sports facilities improving the quality and experience of playing sport at the grassroots level to sustain and increase participation and improve general skills levels.