Not-for-profit organisations

If you are reading this page, you are likely to be a voluntary group, charity, trust or social enterprise. You might provide community support or caring services, represent an environmental charity or an arts organisation, run a sports club or a heritage group.

Key Areas

There are two key ways in which you are most likely to wish to work with us.

  1. Grants: we offer three kinds of grants, which are small one-off sums of up to £500; larger sums of projects and building works, and core (or revenue) funding for a small number of local organisations. You must be based in or work extensively in the Winchester District in order to be considered for a grant. You must also be able to demonstrate that the work which you would like funded addresses the five priorities of the Winchester District Community Strategy. Please see the grants pages for more about these, and also suggestions about other sources of funding which may be suitable for you.
  2. Commissions: when the Council advertises a commission, your organisation may feel it is able to deliver the results set out in the specification. Or you may feel that you could work with another not-for-profit organisation or indeed a business to achieve this. You do not have to be based in the Winchester District, but you will need to think about your capacity, skills and stability as an organisation, and bear in mind that commissions are unlikely to provide much of a contribution to your core funding and should not be seen as an alternative to grants. Bidding for a commission may not seem very different from applying for a grant, but we will only commission projects and services which are identified as a need through our Community Strategy or in the Council's annual Portfolio Plans. We will want you to demonstrate how you are going to achieve meaningful changes for local people.


How to be considered for Commissions

Your first step, if you wish to be considered for commissions in future, is to register your organisation as a supplier on the South East Business Portal and/or Contracts Finder website.

Questions about Winchester City Council’s Commissioning Process

Questions about Winchester City Council’s Commissioning Process (62KB - PDF)