The small grants scheme

A cycle path sign

This grant scheme will help improve local countryside access and information in the New Forest National Park area.

The Small Grants Scheme is available to parish councils and landowners with ideas for projects that will improve access to, or information about, the local countryside. In addition, any organisation or group may apply to produce publicity materials. Grants are available for up to 75% of the total project cost, typically up to a total grant of £5,000.

Within the National Park area, projects in Hampshire are joint-funded by Hampshire County Council and the National Park Authority. Outside Hampshire, all the funding is provided by the National Park Authority.

Closing and decision dates

Applications will be assessed by a panel which will meet three times in 2015.

Deadline for applications    
Decision date   Period of activity
27 April 2015 12 May 2015 May 2015 - March 2016
27 July 2015
11 August 2015 August 2015 – March 2016
26 October 2015 10 November 2015 November 2015 - March 2016

Eligible projects

Projects that are eligible for funding include, but are not limited to:

  • path resurfacing and drainage
  • replacement of stiles with kissing gates
  • installation of benches
  • provision of a countryside access map board
  • production of countryside access leaflets.

The scheme was originally developed and managed across Hampshire by the Hampshire Countryside Access Forum and Hampshire County Council. The New Forest Access Forum supports the scheme and helps to manage it.

Further information

For more information about the scheme, please contact the Countryside Access Officer on 0845 345 4979 or email

Detailed information about the scheme, and application forms, are available from the Hampshire County Council website – but please note that for projects outside Hampshire all enquiries and applications must be made to the Countryside Access Officer at the New Forest National Park Authority.


Hampshire County Council

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