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Strengthening Communities Grant Scheme (2022/23)


What is the Aim of the Scheme?

The Strengthening Communities Grant Scheme aims to enable local community and voluntary sector organisations to get funding to support them in building their capacity and achieving sustainable levels of performance. 

The funding is intended to support the resilience of the sector and contribute towards the continued delivery of services that are responding to local needs and providing positive outcomes. 

The scheme is not project orientated; it is aimed at enabling organisations to improve the way they regularly operate.  Applications that foster collaborative working between community and voluntary sector organisations are particularly welcome.


Who Can Apply? 

The Scheme is open to any not-for-profit community and voluntary sector organisation that is located, operating and delivering services in the borough of Basingstoke and Deane, except for those that are in receipt of strategic grant funding from BDBC in 2022/23.

Parish councils, town councils, and schools are also eligible to apply provided that they can demonstrate that the funding will benefit the wider community and is not being used to support normal service delivery and activities.

The Scheme is unable to fund individuals, for-profit organisations, groups that exclusively promote political or religious activities, and those with uncommitted/unrestricted funds that could be used to fund the activity.

Applications submitted to the Scheme will need to demonstrate how their details will support the resilience of their organisation. 


How much Funding is Available?

Single organisations can apply for a grant of up to £10,000.

A Consortium of two or more organisations can apply for up to £15,000.

Organisations can only be involved in one application.

Funds awarded under this scheme will need to spent by the end of March 2023. Funding will be released in two phases of 50% each. Refer to the Applicants Guide for more details. 


How to Apply?

Applications must be submitted by the end of Sunday 24th July 2022. Late applications will not be accepted.

Applicants will be informed as to whether they have been successful during the week commencing the 8th of August 2022.

Applications will be made via the Application Form here. (SCGS – application form).

Organisations will also need to submit the following documents: 

  • Their constitution 
  • Their latest audited accounts (if you are a new organisation see the Applicants Guide) 
  • Their Business Plan or strategy document 

Following eligibility checks, applications will be reviewed and assessed by our grants panel.


How do I Find Out More?

This is only a basic overview of the Scheme and is not sufficient to explain it fully. Comprehensive details are available in the Applicants Guide which can be downloaded here. (SCGS- Criteria and Guidance for Applicants) 

If prospective applicants have any questions on the scheme, or require advice on eligibility and how to apply they should contact BVA using the contact details below. Please note that BVA will not be able to assist prospective applicants in developing or completing an application.

Contact details:   Tel: 01256 423816

BVA will be holding 2 information sessions for anyone wishing to apply. The first is in person at The Orchard on Monday 4th July at 12:00 where you can learn all about the fund and how to apply. The second will be on Zoom on Thursday 7th July at 12:00. 

If you would like to attend either of these sessions, please email giving us your name and which organisation you represent. 


This scheme is funded by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and administered by BVA on their behalf. 


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