Hear about the short-listed causes on Katie Martin's show
BBC Radio Solent is supporting a campaign to give cash to not-for-profit projects in Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight - helping to hand out £1,000 a week.
Many people across the South are making a difference to their communities - volunteering their time and skills, staging events, and improving facilities at a grass-roots level.
Sometimes the best laid plans can struggle because of a lack of a cash.
We can help - with The Community Chest on Katie Martin's Afternoon Show.
If you are involved with a group which could use some extra cash, let us know what difference the money could make by downloading and completing the form below.
The Grand Judge - an independent adjudicator - will consider all the applications and reveal the three projects she has shortlisted on-air on
Katie Martin's Afternoon Show
every Monday between 1300 - 1600 GMT.
Katie will hear first-hand how the money could help each project during the week before the Grand Judge returns with her final decision every Friday.
Please make sure you read the terms and conditions below carefully before applying.
Grants awarded so far
Seeds Homeschooling group in Southampton get £300 to set up curriculum texts.
June Richens Waterside Cancer Support Centre - £400 to set up a drop-in facility to give support to the family members and carers get advice, support, etc.
Southampton Opportunity Group is a preschool for kids with special needs. They wanted funding to bring a travelling farm to visit the school. They get £300.
Pony Driving for the Disabled on the Isle of Wight needed carriage covers and received £300.
Neighbourcare New Milton have successfully bid for £400 to pay mileage to drivers who take elderly people to medical related appointments.
Hedgehogs Afterschool sports group in Hedge End get £300 for funding to make their afterschool football league free of charge.
Ringwood Carers - received £387 for a rolling sign advert in the Post Office.
First Titchfield sea scouts received £350 to buy more bouyancy aids.
Fareham Gymnastics Club got £263 for a new springboard.
Broadstone Age Concern would like to provide an outing for those that attend their daycare centre, received £375.
I*Eat who support people with eating disorders, need money to provide support services, received £325.
South Hampshire Dear Children's Society who are hoping for some funds to support their 50th Anniversary party received £300.
The Gold Hill Museum Project, Shaftesbury, received £300 to create new educational areas.
Petersfield and Liss Girlguiding UK, received £325 to help celebrate 100 years of Guiding.
The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in the New Forest received £375 towards providing a free helpline for counselling and advice for 12-25 year olds.
Woodside Lodge, Southampton received £400 to create a sensory garden for their residents.
Fratton Live at Home Scheme, Portsmouth received £250 to arrange an Easter Party.
Dorset Prosthetic Centre, Bournemouth received £350 to help people who cannot afford to attend their meetings received £350
Community Angels in Weymouth received £400 to start a befriending project.
Solent Early Onset Support Group for Parkinson's Disease in Southampton has been granted £250 to enable more singing sessions.
Members of Shirley Quilters in Southampton have received £350 to help stage a Textile Art Fair for Southampton refuges for women suffering from domestic violence.
Owslebury Parish Council received £250 to buy play equipment for their playground, particularly for use by disabled children.
Dance Divas, a dance group for young people in Gosport will have £350 to enable them to extend their hours and their wardrobe.
Hampshire Search and Rescue's £400 will buy technical equipment to help prepare and record vital information.
The Footprints Project received £300 to provide mentors for ex-offenders in Dorchester.
The Hexagon Hawks Cricket Club was given £300 to provide opportunities for people with disabilities to play and watch cricket.
The Waterside Food Bank in Southampton was awarded £400 to provide food boxes for individual and families struggling to make ends meet.
Groundlings Theatre Company, Portsmouth received £300 to make a DVD about the local history of Portsea with old and young members of the community.
The Triangle Pre-school, Winchester received £300 to buy large toys for outside play and learning.
Fishbourne Sailability Club, Isle of Wight received £400 towards a new RIB safety boat to support disabled sailors.
Cowes Operatic and Dramatic Society was given £300 for repairs to their theatre.
Stompin on the Quomps Jazz Festival received £250 to put on workshops for young people in the Christchurch area of Dorset.
Shearwater Care Group, Portsmouth was granted £450 towards their bimonthly meetings and outings for elderly people who are blind or are losing their sight.
Please make sure you read the terms and conditions below carefully before applying.
The Community Chest - Terms and Conditions
About the project
The 'Community Chest' is the name for a series of radio items that focus on, and assist, a campaign by some charitable trusts to give grants to support community activities. In these Terms and Conditions the radio series and the process of grant application, award and monitoring are referred to under the overall name "the Project".
Who can apply
We accept applications from voluntary and community groups, organisations and societies. Registered charities and schools are also eligible to apply, but it's not essential to be a formally constituted group .
Where The Community Chest funds
Activities will be funded across the BBC Radio Solent region (the southern parts of Hampshire and Dorset plus the whole of the Isle of Wight). The Project is very keen to support grass-roots activity especially in areas which often miss out on funding of this nature.
What The Community Chest funds
The money available through the Community Chest aims to help people build stronger and more active communities.
Examples might include;
• The purchase of equipment e.g. computers, furniture or sports equipment
• The cost of putting on a local event or workshop
• Additional activities to develop an existing project
What The Community Chest does not fund
There are certain types of work and organisations that the Project doesn't fund. If your proposal falls into one of these categories, please do not apply to us:
• Grants for the benefit of one individual
• Medical research or hospitals
• Churches or other religious bodies where the monies will be used for religious purposes
• Work where there is statutory responsibility to provide funding
• Profit-making organisations
Applicants can apply for a sum up to £1,000. All decisions on applications are made at the sole discretion of an independent adjudicator, known on air as the 'Grand Judge', who represents the charitable trusts and does not work for the BBC. Their decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Three applicants will be shortlisted each week with each group receiving a share of the £1000. The three shortlisted applicants will be announced every Monday on BBC Radio Solent's Afternoon Show, and subsequently featured on-air that week. The announcement of the sum each applicant has been awarded will be made every Friday afternoon on BBC Radio Solent.
The adjudicator is given absolute discretion in shortlisting and awarding grants, and is simply encouraged where possible to support:
• A variety of different activities
• Activities from a variety of eligible locations
• Activities that may offer inspiration to others, showing for example how obstacles can be overcome or how community spirit can be enhanced.
Applicants warrant that they have truthfully and accurately completed the application form and acknowledge and agree that the adjudicator may disqualify an applicant from any part of the selection process if information supplied is in breach of any of these terms and conditions of entry. In addition, in consenting to the taking up of a reference which is outlined in the application form, applicants are deemed to have consented to the adjudicator undertaking further checks in order to verify the truth and accuracy of anything contained within the form.
The number of applications you can make
£1,000 will be made available each week for the duration of the Project, starting on 25 January 2009. Once submitted the application will remain live and eligible for three months. If you haven't heard anything regarding your application within those three months it will mean your bid has not succeeded this time around but are able to apply again after the three months have elapsed.
Broadcasting, press/publicity and data
The BBC does not control the application process but does provide on-air coverage of it. Applicants must be prepared to co-operate in this. The BBC reserves the right to seek and issue publicity related to the Project and its Applicants
Applicants must provide contact details and the BBC and the Project will only ever use personal data and any sensitive data for the purpose of administering the Project, will not publish them or provide them without permission to anyone not involved in the administration of the Project and will administer and hold any data applicants give o r which is collected during the application and grant process according to applicable privacy policies.
Acceptance of these Terms and Conditions is a condition of application to the Project. By submitting an application for a grant under the Project, an applicant communicates its acceptance of these Terms and Conditions