Funding body information

Southampton City Council

Southampton City Council
Civic Centre
SO14 7LY
023 8022 3855

Point of contact:

Stronger Communities and Equalities Team, 023 8083 4067,


Southampton City Council operates two grant schemes availabel to local organisations.

Community Chest Grants

Community Chest is the council's small grant scheme. Grants of between £100 and £5,000 are available. Priority is given to small, unfunded community and voluntary groups. More information available on the council's website.

Lovell Grant

Lovell Grants for Weston and Sholing offer grants of between £300 and £1,000 are available for local organisations in Weston and parts of Sholing that benefit people who live or work in this area. They are provided by Lovell developers. This fund is available to community or voluntary organisations, schools or statutory agencies within the area bordered by Weston Lane to the city boundary and Portsmouth Road to the shore.

There arwe 2 deadlines until January 2016:

  • 30 October 2015
  • 29 January 2016

For further information, please visit the council's website.

For any further information about these two schemes, please e-mail

Many local authorities are now moving away from grant-making and beginning to use commissioning as a way to distribute funding to the third sector. Local commissioners can be difficult to find and identify, however NAVCA have created a guide that may help: 'Finding your Commissioner'

Voluntary Sector Funding Pages:

Grants and Bidding Assistance

External Funding

Useful organisations:

Southampton CVS

This website was very easy to use, with voluntary sector funding information located under the following path:

People and Living - Your Community - Grants and Funding

This page listed all of the grant schemes available to voluntary sector groups, as well as other useful information such as bidding and project guidance, funding databases and information on national and European funding.

All the information provided was up-to-date and included details of upcoming deadlines and future funding rounds.

Staff at the council were also helpful in dealing with our enquiries.

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