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Currently around 4 million children and young people live in poverty in the UK, one of the worst rates in the industrialised world.

At HIWCF we are committed to help tackle child poverty and are always looking for new ways to support households and families in financial hardship as we believe that no child should have their chances limited by poverty.

The fund aims to support innovative approaches which could help have an impact on reducing child poverty in Hampshire, Portsmouth and Southampton.

We know that poverty has a totally corrosive effect on people’s lives. Children in poverty aged 0-3 are much more likely as adults to have bad health, underachieve in education and have greatly reduced life chances.

In Charles Dickens ward, Portsmouth, the level of those people considered to be living in poverty is close to 60 per cent. Within the ward, around Crasswell Street, Landport, 65 per cent of young people live in poverty, which is in the top two per cent in the UK.

Southampton experienced the seventh-largest percentage increase in deprivation in England between 2010 and 2015 and nearly one-third of its children are currently living in poverty.

Homelessness across Hampshire is on the increase and in Southampton, homelessness rates among the 16–24 age group increased by 35% between 2016 and 2017.

It is also estimated that a minimum of 40,000 young people aged between 16-25 living in Hampshire, Southampton, Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight are affected in some way by issues relating to homelessness, unemployment and mental health. That figure represents over 21% of the total Hampshire region’s 16- 25 year old population.

Status:   Closed
Opening Date:   3 Jun 2019
Closing Date:   5 Jul 2019
Minimum Grant:   £ 1000
Maximum Grant:   £ 5000

Location: Hampshire, Portsmouth, Southampton
Causes: Poverty & Disadvantage


General Eligibility

Funds available to support charities and community groups in Hampshire, Portsmouth and Southampton that help tackle childhood poverty.  This programme will give priority to not for profit organisations and charities delivering solutions that really help tackle individual, family and community issues related to tackling childhood poverty. Priority will be given to eligible organisations with income below £500,000.

Priority will also be given to projects operating in areas of high deprivation and consideration will be given to funding core costs.


Target Beneficiaries

  • Target Beneficiaries: 0 to 21 years of age (young people with disabilities to 25 years of age)

Definition of children:

  • Early Years 0-4
  • Children 5-12
  • Young People 13-18
  • Young Adults 19-21 (those in and or leaving care)
  • 0 – 25 young people with disabilities

NB: Please choose primary group from above that best shows largest quantity of beneficiaries.

Acceptable Project Examples

  • Projects that help children have access to a nutritious meal
  • Projects that help with period poverty for young girls
  • Projects that help build family resilience
  • Projects that help communities tackle to problems of childhood poverty at a community level
  • Projects that help support young people into education, training or work.
  • Projects helping to support young people impacted by homelessness
  • Projects that support young people with issues related to mental health
  • Projects that help communities tackle to problems of childhood poverty at a community level
  • Opportunities for children and young people to explore their concerns in a safe, friendly and non-judgemental environment
  • Youth Clubs activity costs in areas of high deprivation
  • Support activities out of school hours in areas of high deprivation


  • Organisations NOT based and active in Hampshire including Portsmouth and Southampton
  • Application from individuals
  • Public bodies, local authorities or schools (except for after and out-of-school activities)
  • Organisations that are for the sole benefit or relief of animals or plants
  • National charities
  • Any party political activity
  • Commercial ventures
  • Proselytising or active promotion of a specific religion or belief system
  • Trips abroad, funding for mini-buses or other community transport schemes (except transport costs forming part of a project)
  • Maintenance and building costs, including access adaptations to buildings