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 dates

Applications will be assessed by a panel which will meet three times in 2014. The closing dates for the submission of applications are:

  • 25 April
  • 25 July
  • 24 October.

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 access.forum@newforestnpa.gov.uk

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.

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