Grove Solar Farm Criteria

Fund Overview:

The Grove Solar Farm located in Broadlands near to Romsey in Hampshire has £10,000 available for community use.

This one-off amount is made possible by a voluntary donation from the solar developer, Solarcentury.

The Fund allows groups to apply for grants between £250 and £5,000.

The closing date for applications is 14 June 2017. Late applications cannot be considered.

Successful groups will need to complete their projects and have claimed the grant in full within 6 months of being awarded a grant.

Project locations:

Projects for which grants are requested must be located within Romsey Extra Parish Council

Project Purpose:

Solarcentury is particularly keen to support projects in the community that:

  • promote science to the young (eg, trips to the Science Museum)
  • improve biodiversity (eg, the planting of wildflower areas, support for local beekeepers)
  • reduce dependency on fossil fuels (eg, solar for the local school, car sharing schemes, local vegetable area).

However, the Fund can support any community project that is for the benefit of residents of the local area.

Eligible Organisations:

Eligible Organisations, who can apply for funding include:

  • Voluntary, community groups, charities
  • Parish Councils
  • Schools and educational establishments, PTA’s etc
  • Social enterprises (including credit unions, co-operatives, social firms, community-owned enterprises, community interest companies and development trusts), provided they operate on a not-for-profit basis.

Applicants need to have a written constitution, a set of rules, or a governing document and will need to have a bank or building society account with a minimum of two signatories in place before applying for a grant.


Grants will not be available for:

  • Commercial organisations.
  • Private membership-based sports clubs and facilities, unless membership is open to the general public without undue restriction (e.g. not membership by nomination organisations).
  • Projects that benefit individuals, unless the application is received from an organisation and the project directly benefits individuals (e.g. energy saving measures such as insulation).
  • Projects that are narrowly religious in focus or that support a party political campaign or cause.
  • Funding core costs in organisations, e.g. running costs, administration costs, building rental costs etc.
  • Retrospective funding, i.e. projects that have already been completed, whether or not already paid for.
  • Works considered a statutory responsibility, such as scheduled transport services, works to public highways and public car parks.

Judging Criteria:

The main criteria used when assessing applications received will be:

  • The social, economic and environmental benefits which will result from the project.
  • The level of community support for and involvement in the project.
  • The number of people within the stated area of benefit that will benefit from the project.

Other factors will also be considered, which must be demonstrated in the application:

  • The ability of the applicant to deliver the project.
  • How the work will be continued after the project has been completed, i.e. its sustainability and legacy.
  • Value for money.

After reading the above, if you are confident that your project meets all of the requirements of the Fund, please click below to continue:

If you would like to discuss your project before you apply, then please contact one of the GrantScape team on 01908 247630.