Ford Southampton Community

The income and net indexed gains from Ford Southampton Community Fund will be used to support charitable work in the areas of Southampton City and Eastleigh only. Fords priority is to support schemes focused on disenfranchised young people aimed at providing technical and behavioural support to 11-25 year olds.

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Programme Overview

Status Closed
Opening Date 23/05/2022
Closing Date 27/06/2022
Minimum Grant £1,000
Maximum Grant £6,000
Location Eastleigh, Southampton
Causes Arts & Culture, Education & Training, Employment & Labour, IT/Technology Training, Poverty & Disadvantage, Social Enterprise, Sports & Recreation, Volunteering

Applications are now closed.


  • General Eligibility

    For larger Grants up to £6,000, the fund is looking for projects that will help young people to learn new technical skills for example: mechanics, 3D graphics, carpentry, metal work, bricklaying, stores and logistics, or projects in the STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Alternatively projects to assist with behavioural support for example: leadership skills, social interaction, communication skills.

    The larger grants will give priority to projects that support young people that are not in employment, education or training but other projects will be considered.

    Grant awards may be used towards a larger project that meets the Fund objectives.

  • Target Beneficiaries
    • Young People (14 – 19)
    • Young People not in employment education or training (NEETS)
    • Larger projects can include other beneficiaries age groups but there is an expectation that the main emphasis will still be on young people aged 14-19
  • Acceptable Projects

    Large Grants

    The following illustrates, but does not limit, the type of projects that would be considered

    • Practical Workshops to build skills
    • Training programmes – over a longer period
    • Work experience programmes
    • Social Enterprises that offer real skills outcomes for disadvantaged young people

    Small Grants

    • Equipment for community activities
    • Youth Clubs, Tech Clubs activity costs
    • Scouts, Guides, Sea cadet etc activity costs
    • Volunteer expenses
    • Support activities out of school hours
  • Exclusions
    • Organisations¬†NOT based and active in Hampshire.
    • Organisations whose work does not benefit communities based in Eastleigh or Southampton
    • Public bodies like local authorities or schools (except out of school activities)
    • This Fund does not support Students from outside of the specified geographical areas studying at the local Universities.
    • Organisations that are for the sole benefit or relief of animals or plants
    • Any party political activity
    • Commercial ventures
    • Proselytising activities, i.e. active promotion of a specific religion or belief system
    • National charities
    • For equipment which will actually, or in effect, become the property of a statutory body
    • No capital build or refurbishment
  • Other Notes

    The Fund will give priority to projects that are aimed at the most disadvantaged young people in the specified geographical areas

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