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The grant is now closed. We will soon announce the grant recipients

The scheme explained

The scheme is designed to support projects that aim to make Portsmouth a place where all feel welcome with fair opportunities. We invite projects that challenge inequality, advance equity, and celebrate diversity in Portsmouth.

They could be about:

  • making facilities more accessible
  • attracting a wider group of people
  • highlighting unique aspects of a group or community
  • providing support to disadvantaged groups of people.

We recognise that there is a lot of valuable work that happens in our communities and a bit of funding can take a project to the next level.

The scheme ties in with the wider equality, diversity and inclusion priority at Portsmouth City Council that looks to bring communities together, to allow for a thriving and diverse Portsmouth.

Further information can be found in the Community Inclusion Grant guide.

Who can apply

Groups or charities who apply for funding must meet the following criteria to be considered:

  • a constitution (or rules)
  • a bank account in the name of the organisation with a recent bank statement for evidence
  • a policy describing how they will safeguard children, young people and vulnerable adults
  • evidence of relevant insurance.

If you do not meet all the above criteria, HIVE Portsmouth can support you with the requirements.

How are grants awarded?

A range of council officers working with communities across the city, as well as representatives from partners in the voluntary & community sector, will be invited to score applications on set criteria; these scores will be used to inform a final decision from the Cabinet member.

The panel will score against the following criteria:

  • Project benefits
  • Evidence of need/demand
  • Measuring success
  • Funding priorities
  • Organisation
  • Evaluation

How to apply

You can apply by completing the form online. Alternatively, you can get a paper application form at your local library branch, by emailing or by calling 023 9268 8404.

Key dates

Monday 26 September 2022 – Applications open

Sunday 30 October 2022 – Applications close


Anyone interested in more information on the Community Inclusion Grant scheme should email or call 023 9268 8404.