Crowdfund Winchester

Crowdfund Winchester - The latest grant scheme supporting our communities

Crowdfunding is the latest form of funding available from Winchester City Council. We have recently started working in partnership with Crowdfunder to provide a crowdfunding platform for Winchester.

If you feel you fit the criteria to apply for match funding from Winchester City Council, get your application in now. If your business or organisation is eligible, the council will then consider matching up to 50% of the project costs or £2000 (whatever is less).

  • Funds Available

    There are currently three different funds available via the Crowdfund Winchester platform. Check the eligibility documents in the right hand column of this page to see which fund you should apply to.

    Name Description Eligibility
    Communities Positive Change Fund

    Through the ‘Communities Positive Change Fund’ we will support not for profit organisations and businesses within the Winchester district that are implementing change, tackling the climate emergency or supporting our communities tackling isolation, low income, homelessness, mental health and physical inactivity.

    So, if you’re striving for positive change to the benefit of Winchester communities, residents or employees, we want to hear from you! 

    Businesses and not-for-profit organisations
    Town Community Fund

    The Town Forum wishes to support projects run by not-for-profit organisations that activates, develops and increases provisions for the communities needs. 

    We will provide pledges for one-off activities, new services; start up programmes, pilots for innovation and pre-empting change, building resilience and reach in services in order to create sustainability.

    Through the ‘Winchester Town Community Fund’ we would like to support as many organisations within the five unparished wards of Winchester. These Wards are St Bartholomew, St Barnabas, St Paul, St Luke and St Michael.

    Not-for-profit organisations only
    Greener Future Fund

    Through the Greener Future fund “creating a greener district” we would like to support voluntary and not-for-profit groups and organisations in the district that can clearly demonstrate how their work helps achieve one or more of the funding themes: Transport, energy, properties and behavioural changes.

    Not-for-profit organisations only


  • What can we fund?
    • Must be located in the Winchester District and benefit Winchester communities/residents/employees
    • Items must not be purchased prior to agreement of funding
    • Estimates must be provided of agreed expenditure
    • Award cannot be used for general running costs
    • Business must provide a business plan/ projected budget for the next three years
    • All applicants must comply with the relevant permissions/licencing/insurance/documentation (constitution)/policies
    • Every not for profit group/ organisation should have a constitution which includes a formal decision making process, and aims that are acceptable to the City Council.
    • In the case of registered charities they must comply with the standards laid down by the Charity Commission. 
    • Businesses must provide proof of business address,  a business bank statement, confirm compliance with state aid and evidence necessary permissions, licencing, or insurance
    • Applicants must reach 25% of the fundraising target in order to qualify for a contribution pledge from the council
    • Projects must be able to demonstrate support of council priorities and themes
    • Organisations must acknowledge the financial support of the Council in its documentation and publicity material. A Winchester City Council logo should be displayed on all posters, letters and literature produced by the Organisation in relation to this project. An electronic version of the logo would be provided for this purpose. A copy of the Council’s Publicity Protocol, which explains the Council’s expectations with regard to recognising and publicising Grant Awards, will be provided.
    • We are unable to fund applicants who have received project funding in the previous financial year
    • Any applicants with a debt outstanding to the Council or are in breach of any regulation or licences etc. will not be considered


    Unfortunately, we are unable to fund the following:

    • Local or national appeals
    • Student expeditions
    • Replacement or ˝like for like˝ equipment/items
    • Play areas (eg. equipment for public playgrounds)
    • Activities which are of a wholly and exclusively political or religious nature, or organisations supporting political activism
    • Curriculum based school activities
    • Capital or project activities of a statutory nature
    • Retrospective funding of activities/projects/equipment
    • Day-to-day general running costs, such as rent or living costs such as bills, deposits and rates
    • Costs associated with fundraising activities, events and campaigns etc.
    • Repeat activities / projects
    • Basic websites

    For a full overview of the criteria, please see the documents in the column to the right.

  • 'Projects That Matter'

    To launch Crowdfund Winchester, five projects were chosen for match funding in the 'Projects That Matter' scheme. After deliberating all of the worthy applications, the winners were chosen! In no particular order, those awarded with a pledge from Winchester City Council are:




    Org type



    Minimal Waste Markets

    Climate emergency

    Social enterprise

    Providing services and goods with minimal packaging waste to the community at low cost. Increase awareness of innovative ways local businesses are trying to do their bit for climate change by reducing waste


    First Bite

    Living well

    Social enterprise

    Deliver two healthy eating and cooking workshops.  One for new mums and one for adults with learning difficulties



    Vibrant economy


    Revive Winchester Creatives: a free networking event for creative enterprises in Winchester


    Taste of Wickham

    Homes for all

    Community Group

    Celebration of the market town, inviting local businesses and residents to engage with their local community.


    Winchester Boxing Gym

    Living well

    Community Group

    Raising money for a defibrillator and equipment for the boxing gym

    Don't forget to help them reach their target by making your pledge on the Crowdfunder website.

Visit our page at Crowdfunder here

Here, you can set up your own fundraising page, encouraging people within the community to pledge to your business or organisation. You can then apply for match funding from Winchester City Council as well as other organisations. Should you successfully reach your target, you will qualify for the funding!

Should you have any queries or need assistance setting up, please contact us at 01962 848 269

Crowdfund Winchester