Southampton's Communities
Southampton grants for community and voluntary groups

Keep an eye on this page for information on grants available to community and voluntary groups in Southampton. You’ll find information on Community Chest, and Local Improvement Grants, both are now open for applications. You’ll also be able to read the most recent funding newsletter, which contains information on grants from across the country for a wide variety of projects.

New Lunch and Laughs clubs

Age Concern Southampton and the Supported Housing Team are celebrating the success of a bid for £14,760 from the Thornhill Community Health Group Fund. The grant will fund two new ‘Lunch and Laughs’ clubs for older people in Thornhill at Medwall Court and Fairfax Court over the next three years.

The clubs will offer a light lunch and the members will decide what activities they would like to take part in to get their ‘laughs’.  Accessible transport will be provided for those with limited mobility.  A launch date will be announced soon but those wishing to express an interest in attending should contact Phil Williams on 02380 368636.

Lunch and Laughs could not take place without the help of volunteers – those wishing to support the group should contact Linda Templeton at Age Concern Southampton on 02380 368636.

Apply For Money To Start Or Grow A Business

Apply For Money To Start Or Grow A Business

Through Fund101 you can apply for up to £500 to get going or growing!

If you have an idea for a business and need a bit of cash to get started or you’re running a small business and need up to £500 to buy equipment, promotion flyers, hardware etc, you can apply.

Apply for between £50 and £500 and once you receive the money, the only thing we ask is you agree to be profiled on the site so we can see how you’re getting on. The money doesn’t have to be paid back; it’s for you to use on your idea or business.

The council has just launched a brand new grant scheme, the community led Local Improvements Grant. The grant is aimed at small, unfunded community groups for community led projects that lead to physical improvements in the city. We’re looking for projects that improve parks and green spaces, streets and community buildings and grounds. The projects must make a lasting difference in the local area, making it a better and safer place to live. The projects must be for the whole community with support from the whole community (not just members of individual community groups) and must be accessible to the public for a minimum of 183 days (6 months) per year.

We expect most grants to be under £5,000. However, in exceptional circumstances we will award grants up to £20,000. All grants will be match funding up to a maximum of 25% of the total project costs. Groups must raise the other 75% of the funding; this could be other grants, donations or support in kind – i.e. donated materials or services, volunteer labour, etc.

Deadline for first round: 16th December 2011, there will be more rounds next year. For more information and to download the application pack please see our website.

Lottery grant goes to Southampton

Awaaz FM Community Radio is celebrating having been awarded funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to collect and preserve the history of the Pakistani community in Southampton. The project will celebrate the contribution the community has made to the culture and success of the city. People will be invited to share photos and stories as part of the project and will end with an exhibition.

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Congratulations to Southampton Sight who have been awarded £1000 for running their Monday Club for the visually impaired.

Funding available for Thornhill

Thornhill Community Health Group is now inviting applications for health and wellbeing projects to benefit Thornhill residents.  The total funding available is £55,000, and all applications should be for projects costing over £10,000.  For more details or an application form contact Sara Bailey on 023 8083 2791 or

Grant for older people’s project 27th May deadline

Bloom Awards for innovative and imaginative projects and services that enhance the quality of life, dignity and well-being of older people receiving care and support. Deadline for entries…  

Southampton communities awarded money

Congratulations to Newtown Residents Association, Graham Road Residents Association and Ropewalk Garden in securing £300 each from West Itchen Trust.

Congratulations to the Art Club that meets at Shirley Warren Action Church in securing £400 from Wakenham Trust. This money will help the group become even more successful in their work.

Congratulations to Flower Roads Residents and Tenants Association who have been granted £15,000 from the Home Office.

Congratulations to Southampton who have been awarded £1000 for running their Monday Club for the visually impaired.

Grants for energy efficiency improvements to the home

The Warm Front scheme provides grants for energy efficiency improvements to the home, and energy advice. The scheme now has a new set of eligibility criteria and is once again accepting applications. See

Southampton garden can win £5000

A message from Ropewalk Garden - Please take 2 minutes to help the garden win £5000… for the link to vote and for more stories like this see

Funding available in Southampton

The council’s small grant scheme, Community Chest, is now open for applications. The closing date for the first round is 15th May. The maximum grant is £5,000… For more info see