Heart of Hampshire

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In Hampshire (including Portsmouth City and Southampton City) approximately 68,600 older people feel isolated and struggle with loneliness. The feeling that the outside world is ever so slightly out of reach can leave people thinking they are totally alone… just imagine being home on your own, day after day, the house is silent, the clock chimes loudly and there is nowhere to go and nobody coming to visit.


Our Hampshire community has many voluntary and community groups that provide a lifeline to older isolated people by offering support such as lunch clubs, coffee/activity groups, befrienders, transport to companionship groups, outings and daytrip opportunities. The Heart of Hampshire Fund will provide grant funding to these local groups.

Status:   Closed
Opening Date:   18 Jun 2019
Closing Date:   8 Jul 2019
Minimum Grant:   £ 500
Maximum Grant:   £ 5000

Location: Hampshire, Portsmouth, Southampton
Causes: Community Development & Support – Older People


General Eligibility

Applications are welcomed from small local voluntary and community organisations for schemes operating across the Hampshire, Portsmouth and Southampton area.


Your annual income must be £100,000 or under for your last full financial year.

Target Beneficiaries

Provided they do not fall under statutory provision as follows:


  • Seniors 65+ in Hampshire (including Portsmouth and Southampton)
  • Charities
  • Constituted Voluntary and Community Groups
  • Community Centres Groups
  • Resident Associations
  • Befriending Organisations/Projects
  • Organisations Supporting Older People

Acceptable Projects

Provided they do not fall under statutory provision as follows (the list is not exhaustive):

  • Projects combating isolation and loneliness
  • Purchase equipment for lunch clubs, coffee/activity groups
  • Venue hire
  • Transport to/from meeting location for attendees
  • Outings, daytrips and celebratory events
  • Volunteer training/costs/expenses
  • Mobility issues or living in rural locations
  • The fund is not intended to pay towards salary costs but it will accept requests to pay for a speaker (weekly/monthly or for an event), or a training session that includes payment for a skilled trainer


  • Organisations NOT based and active in Hampshire, 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 objectives relate solely to benefitting animals or plants
  • National charities
  • Any party political activity
  • Commercial ventures
  • Proselytising activities, i.e. active promotion of a specific religion or belief system

Other Notes

The fund is supported by donations from HIWCF Donors, Individual Donors and Local Businesses as an efficient and convenient way to support smaller charities and community groups providing a lifeline to the older people that rely on them.