Core Funding 2017 / 2018

CLOSED - Deadline noon 9 November - decisions at Full Council 16 February 2017

Winchester City Council values the contribution made by the voluntary and not-for-profit sector to the health and wellbeing of local communities. The priority areas for Core Grants are derived from the Winchester District Community Strategy 2010-2020, which reflects the collective aspirations of the Council, its partners and local people. The work of the voluntary sector is significant in delivering these priorities.

Not-for-profit organisation's in the Winchester District can apply for a core grant for organisational running costs. Your organisation needs to be a not-for-profit group, community organisation or registered charity running activities or projects that benefit the residents of the Winchester District.

We are continuing with the new scoring system which was introduced for the 2015/16 core grant applications, to ensure transparency of decision-making. The criteria which will be assessed include commitment to delivering the priorities of the Winchester District Community Strategy; financial management and future stability; collaboration with other voluntary organisations and so on. The full evaluation criteria can be downloaded below.

The priorities of the Community Strategy which was adopted formally in January 2014 are:

  • PEOPLE - Active Communities
    o Provide housing to meet community needs
    o Promote community cohesion
    o Provide accessible sport and recreation 
    o Ensure our communities are healthy and safe
  • PLACE - High Quality Environment
    o Work towards a lower carbon District
    o Effective traffic management and support for transport provision
    o Ensure that the quality of the place we enjoy is maintained and enhanced
  • PROSPERITY - Prosperous Economy
    o Support the local economy
    o Promote education and training
    o Promote tourism and the cultural assets of the District

If you are awarded funding, you will be asked to draft and then sign a Service Level Agreement which records your commitment as an organisation to helping to deliver these priorities.

The deadline for the return of completed application forms for core grants is noon Wednesday 9 November 2016.

Funding recommendations are drafted for January 2017 and final budget allocations are made at full Council on 16 February 2017.

If you are thinking of applying for projects funding please do so via the Community Project Grants programme which will reopen in the new financial year.  Groups seeking funding for their projects should use the Winchester4Community site.

New application's should be discussed with the Funding & Development Officer, Melissa Fletcher,, 01962 848 492 (Tues, Wed, Thurs) in the first instance.

Please read the criteria, scoring and guidance notes below before filling in your application.

We would encourage you to use our online form.  Please note that if you start an application and want to retrieve it please do so by logging onto the Flexigrant website.

If you need any assistance with completing the application form or the scheme please contact Melissa Fletcher:

Tel. 01962 848492