Business Supporting Older People

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The Business Supporting Older People Fund was set up by Hampshire County Council’s Older Peoples Wellbeing Team to enable businesses to assist older people to live long, healthy and happy lives, with the maximum possible independence.

BSOP would like to award grants to small community groups or community intiatives that support activities; so they can reduce isolation and loneliness in the community. The aim is to enable older people to access services and encourage new people to join in and participate in community clubs, activities, events and outings for older people of Hampshire.

Local Hampshire groups, whose members are over 55 years of age, can apply for a small grant of £500 towards their activity costs.

Status:   Closed
Opening Date:   17 Sep 2018
Closing Date:   12 Oct 2018
Minimum Grant:   £ 500
Maximum Grant:   £ 500

Location: Hampshire
Causes: Community Development & Support – Older People, Social Inclusion, Transport


General Eligibility

  • Applications are welcomed from voluntary and community organisations for schemes operating across Hampshire County Council area.
  • All successful applicants will be required to complete an evaluation form supplied by HIWCF at the end of their project or at the end of 12 months; whichever comes first.
  • Applications from groups who have already received funding from Business Supporting Older People Fund will be accepted.

Target Beneficiaries

Seniors 55+ in Hampshire (excluding Portsmouth and Southampton)

Acceptable Projects

  • The funding is to be used to increase the participation of older people in community activities such as bowling clubs, coffee mornings, luncheon clubs, trips and projects such as ‘men in sheds’ etc.
  • Applications for activities and outings should encourage members to bring a friend along or increase participation, for example:
    1. Bowling club is accessed by 20 members locally. Putting on transport for 10 people to come to the events will cost £500 and will enable a further 10 people to attend.
    2. With the additional funding of £500 an additional 20 older people will be able to participate in the activity or event.


  • Organisations NOT based and active in Hampshire including Portsmouth and Southampton
  • Organisation with unrestricted reserves of more than 12 months running costs
  • Capital building projects
  • Application from individuals
  • Public bodies: local authorities or schools
  • Organisations whose Objects are for the sole benefit or relief of animals or plants
  • National charities
  • Any party political activity
  • Commercial ventures
  • Proselytising activities, ie active promotion of a specific religion or belief system

Other Notes

The fund was formerly known as Contractors in the Community and contributors include:

Cyril Sweett, Mansell Construction, BAM Construction Ltd, Selway Joyce Partnership, Atkins Limited, Baqus Denley King Construction Ltd, Gleeds, Scandor Landscape Contractors limited, Verax International Ltd, Mountjoy Construction, Building & Maintenance, K R Strugnell Ltd, The Hildon Foundation Ltd, Kivernell Care Ltd, Contract Kitchens (New Milton) Ltd, Silver Sparks Ltd, D J Satellites & Aerials, Solent Butchers, Faithful and Gould, Toucandesign, John Hobden Ltd, Wates Construction, Manpower UK Ltd, Locks Heath Removals, Solent Environment Services (Asbestos) Limited, Richardson Decorating