Hampshire County Council Small Grants Scheme

The scheme provides funding for projects to improve or promote countryside access and rights of way including replacing stiles with gates, resurfacing paths and creating leaflets.

Projects funded by this grant must support the following priorities:

  • Provide a benefit to the local community based on an existing local need for the proposed work
  • Deliver improvements outlined in the area Countryside Access Plans
  • Provide a long-term benefit to the local community and access network

Who can apply

  • Parish or Town Councils
  • Landowners
  • Other organisations(e.g. charities, volunteer/community groups) may apply for interpretation to promote countryside access (e.g. map boards, leaflets), however for practical improvements the organisation will need to contact the relevant Parish/Town Council to apply on its behalf.

What is funded

All projects must meet the grant eligibility and criteria. Funding is provided specifically for projects to improve or promote countryside access. Priority is given to practical improvements to rights of way and open access land.

Typical projects include:

  • Path Surfacing - provide a better surface by improving drainage, clearing vegetation and applying new surface material.
  • Replacing stiles with gates - improve access for disabled users, those with limited mobility and users with pushchairs and young children.
  • Installation of a boardwalk or bridge - provide access across a boggy area, or a crossing over a ditch or stream.
  • Benches enhance your local paths with the addition of a bench.
  • Map boards and leaflet encourage access to the countryside with a professionally designed leaflet or map board showing rights of way, access areas and circular routes for walking, cycling and riding in your local area. You can also include information on local history and wildlife, as well as details of local pubs, cafes, shops and visitor attractions.

What isn't funded

  • Works or projects that are primarily for nature conservation, the main element of the project must be for access improvements.
  • Fencing projects or works on recreation grounds, unless the land is also recorded as a right of way or open access land.
  • The repair or replacement of stiles, although applications to replace stiles with gates are strongly supported.
  • Work to paved/tarmaced paths
  • Picnic benches
  • Notice boards
  • Dog bins
  • Research
  • Works or projects that have already been carried out, grants will only be issued for works or projects to be carried out in the future.