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County Councillor Grants

Each County Councillor will receive an annual budget, to be allocated to local projects, initiatives or organisations in their Division. Legitimate groups and organisations, but not individuals, will be able to apply to their local Councillor for a grant. Groups and organisations (but not individuals) can apply for funding for both revenue (one-off) and minor capital projects. Revenue grants should generally be used to support short term project related costs e.g. a time limited activity group for children. It is expected that the grants will benefit a wide range of groups/activities: for example, vulnerable children or adults, young people, facilities for older people, community facilities, parish councils (but only for specific projects), schools minor traffic or safety works, local environment projects, and community safety. The opening date for the scheme is 1 June and the deadline for submitting grant requests is the 28 February in each financial year.The minimum grant payable is £100 and the maximum grant payable is £8,000. Councillors are encouraged to fully utilise their annual grant allocation in the financial year in question. Any unspent budget cannot be carried forward. Find Your Councillor

Creative England

We are an Investor, an Influencer and a Creator; driving diverse creative collaboration and growth. Our mission is for England’s creative businesses and talent to be the most successful and innovative in the world: a platform for new voices, building economic growth that benefits our nation.  Creative England is dedicated to the growth of the creative industries. We invest in talented people and their creative ideas, nurturing our richly diverse games, TV, film and digital media industries. From direct investment and soft loans to business mentoring; we champion the best ideas of talented people and their businesses. As a not-for-profit organisation we mobilise public and private resources to garner as much support and investment for the creative industries as possible. We work with a wide range of partners and investors from commercial brands and companies such as Google, Facebook and KPMG to local authorities, cultural bodies and universities, national government, and the European Commission.

Creative Europe

Creative Europe helps the cultural and creative sectors seize the opportunities of the digital age and globalisation; Enable the sectors to reach their economic potential, contributing to sustainable growth, jobs, and social cohesion; Give Europe’s culture and media sectors access to new international opportunities, markets, and audiences. The Creative Europe programme is open to cultural and creative organisations from EU Member States, as well as non-EU countries. Subject to certain conditions EEA (European Economic Area), candidate/potential candidate and ENP (European Neighbourhood Policy) countries can also participate in the programme on an equal footing with Member States.

Creative Industry Finance

Creative Industry Finance is led and managed by Creative United, with funding from Arts Council England. The programme is delivered in partnership with a specially selected group of lenders and a network of expert business advisors. We provide business support to creative companies, arts organisations, museums and libraries. We enable confidence with business planning and understanding of access to finance. Working closely with clients to explore finance options, get investment ready, and apply to a lender.

Creative Network South

A network of Businesses, Universities and Local Authorities working together to promote the creative economy in the Solent area. Creative Network South (CNS) is working to develop the creative industries in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Our prime focus is the attraction and retention of creative talent. CNS acts as an advocate for the creative economy and with our partners we work to support the development of creative businesses. The UK defines creative industries as: “Those industries that are based on individual creativity, skill and talent with the potential to create wealth and jobs through developing intellectual property.” For more information call Charles Freeman 07970 822 380 or email charlesgjfreeman@msn.com

Crowd Cube

Crowdcube have helped over 700 ambitious entrepreneurs fund their business’ growth, more than any other equity crowdfunding platform. You can increase revenue, improve customer advocacy and brand loyalty by engaging your network by raising on Crowdcube. To complement our unparalleled expertise, we’ve built the world’s most powerful crowdfunding platform designed to turn your friends, family, fans and customers into investors.

Cultural Impact Development Fund

Expires 31 Aug 2021
Cultural Impact Development Fund will pioneer the use of financial incentives to drive the achievement of social impact targets in its investment portfolio, making it one of the few impact investment funds with a clear trade-off of financial return for the attainment of social outcomes. Cultural Impact Development Fund offers unsecured loans (and revenue participation agreements, where appropriate) between £25,000 and £150,000 with repayment terms of one to five years and interest rates ranging between 5.5% and 8.5%. For fund-specific enquiries, please contact Trishna Nath.

Design Council

Design Council’s purpose is to make life better by design. We are an independent charity and the government’s adviser on design. Our vision is a world where the role and value of design is recognised as a fundamental creator of value, enabling happier, healthier and safer lives for all. Through the power of design, we make better places, better products, better processes and better performance.

Digital Business Academy

Free online courses to help you start, grow or join a digital business. Our mission is to build a pipeline of high-growth tech businesses by nurturing talent, publishing insightful research, and championing the UK tech sector nationally and internationally. The Digital Business Academy is at the core of our strategy to build the pipeline of homegrown digital talent. We developed it to help aspiring entrepreneurs learn the skills they need to turn their dreams into real products and real companies. It is working. Almost 20% of our graduates report that they are starting digital companies after finishing at least one skill. We have partnered with leading educational institutions as well as industry experts to bring you the latest insights to help your business grow.

Eastleigh Tec Hub

Eastleigh Tec Hub is a flexible, creative and technical space for digital start-ups and creatives in Hampshire and the wider area to work, meet and network. It is an economic, creative and innovation initiative funded by Recreate, Arts Council England, PUSH and supported by Eastleigh Borough Council and Wessex House. If you’re in need of flexible work space and might be interested in becoming a member of Tec Hub, visit our Become a Member page for more details and the sign-up form.