Portsmouth’s voluntary and community organisations are set to benefit from up to £60,000 of new funding to support both unexpected costs and new projects.

Portsmouth City Council has announced £30,000 has been given to HIVE Portsmouth which will be used to provide groups and organisations with grants of up to £5,000 while the council will be allocating a similar amount through the return of its popular Community Inclusion Grants.

HIVE Portsmouth’s grants will support organisations struggling to meet unexpected or increased running costs related to delivering their services and will be available until the £30,000 has been allocated.

The council’s Community Inclusion Grant scheme awards grants of up to £1,000 for projects that challenge inequality, advance equality and celebrate diversity in Portsmouth, so could be suitable for any groups looking to attract a wider range of members, make their facilities more accessible or highlight unique aspects of a group or community. Applications are open until 3 December.

Chief Officer of HIVE Portsmouth Lorna Reavley said: “We’ve had a lot of feedback from voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations that the issues they’re facing right now are around one-off costs they weren’t expecting. This funding from the council means we can provide some support with that whether it’s a particularly large bill, or paying for extra staff to cover someone’s absence, if organisations talk to us we’ll find the best way to help them.”

Cllr Steve Pitt, Leader of Portsmouth City Council, said: “It is great news we have been able to secure funding for these two schemes. Portsmouth has a really strong voluntary and community sector and this support can ensure it stays that way. We’ve struck a great balance with the grants from HIVE Portsmouth available to help with unexpected costs while the Community Inclusion Grants support specific new projects groups want to take forward.”

More information is available on the Community Inclusion Grants webpage.

To talk to HIVE Portsmouth about grants available to support voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations email grants@hiveportsmouth.org.uk