Last chance to apply for YOUdecide funding...


£10,000 worth of Hampshire County Council funds is now available for the last time through YOUdecide.   Applications are being invited from groups or individuals with projects that help to make Gosport a safer, better place to live.

The application deadline is fast approaching and will close on Friday 11th September 2015.  Projects or ideas must demonstrate they are helping to make their communities safer, better places to live.  Projects that meet the criteria will be invited to present at the Decision Day, which will be held on Saturday 17th October 2015 at Thorngate Halls.  This will be the 10th Decision Day and will be a celebration of all of the projects the scheme has helped over the past six years as well as Gosport citizens' chance to vote for the last time. 

Applications are welcome from new projects or existing ones, from community groups or individuals alike. Application forms and the criteria are available to download below, along with the frequently asked question and project prompt sheet to help you complete the application form. For more information or to discuss a potential project or idea, please contact Sam Mitchell on 023 9254 5232 or e-mail:

Ballot Bridgemary   2015 application form word             Faith   Criteria pdf

Twirlers   FAQs pdf                                         Kickz    Project prompt q's pdf

To give you an idea of some of the successful projects, visit the YOUdecide history page - this contains details of which types of projects won funding, along with videos from the YOUdecide Decision Days so you can see some of the presentations and get an idea of what a Decision Day involves. Winning projects ranged from a few hundred pounds for a children's gardening club run by a volunteer to several thousand pounds for a football project delivered by a community group. All the projects are so different but all of them share the passion and committment to help people and areas of Gosport, to help make it a safer better place to live in some way.

Through YOUdecide, local residents will have awarded £100,000 worth of public funds to projects that mean the most to them and their local communities, with £74,000 of this being provided by Hampshire County Council.

Decision Day winners 2014


Voters audience

The final was held at Gosport Town Hall on Saturday 11th October at Gosport Town Hall. One hundred and seventy three Gosport residents took part in the pre-event voting and just over seventy people took part on the day. They were joined by the District Commander Chief Inspector Peglar, The Worshipful The Mayor of Gosport Councillor Gill, County Councillor Carter and Councillor Beavis, the Chair of Gosport Community Safety Partnership.

The market place of displays was a great success again, being a hive of activity before the start of the event and after the presentations as voters decided how many points to award each project. The votes were incredibly close again, reflecting the incredible work of all of the bidders and what they are trying to achieve for Gosport. Out of the thirteen finalists, six projects received funding (Refurbishment of Elson Church Hall received part-funding of their original bid of £3,800): 

Vote place





Young, Hungry & Homeless project

Provision of hot meal vouchers for homeless young people & basic food provision for those in accommodation with no income, & travel assistance to reach accommodation/appointments.

Money will pay for food vouchers and travel costs.




Positive Family Development Initiative

Expansion of the service provided at GosConCen which hosts families in crisis, designed to change the way contact is maintained between parents following a breakdown of relationship.

Money will pay for venue, administration and advisor costs.





A not-for-profit organisation providing home help service to help people maintain independence by carrying out tasks (such as food shopping) & increasing safety for vulnerable residents.

Funding will contribute to administration & staff costs.





Heart for the Homeless

To promote & support existing provision for homeless people/those at risk of homelessness, and to provide additional support/activities such as music/literacy groups & soup kitchens.

Funds are sought to pay for equipment & severe weather emergency provision.





Leesland Park Soundseat

Replacement of dilapidated community seat in the orchard area of Leesland Park, which will be implemented and maintained by Friends of Leesland Park.

Funding will pay for materials to replace bench.





Refurbishment of Church Hall

Redecoration and repair of St Thomas’ Church Hall used by a variety of local community groups such as pre-school, karate club and youth group.

Funds are sought to pay for essential repairs to the roof.







































The remaining five project finalists were assisted where possible in identifying alternative sources of funding. These were (in no particular order); Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful, Gosport Marine Scene Festival 2015, Young Artists, Gosport School and Street Pastors, Family Fun Day and Focus Youth Club. As a result of participating in the Decision Day, the remaining finalist Mobility Scooter Training, has secured funding from County Councillor Carter and Solent Mobility.

Tesco fruit tasting       Voters boxes

A link to clips of the presentations made by bidders and some interviews with the projects can be found here:

Decision Day 2014

The monies available for this round of YOUdecide have been awarded to Gosport Community Safety Partnership by Hampshire County Council through their Have Your Say Grant.  The purpose is to allow local people to have a say and determine which local projects receive funding from the County Council in order to help improve their local environment, to support local groups or strengthen their community. You can find out more about the scheme on their webpage here.

YOUdecide Bridgemary vote

The scheme was started in 2010 following a Home Office initiative and you can find out about the history of YOUdecide here.  You can also watch the video below, which includes interviews with winning YOUdecide projects from 2010.

For further information about the scheme, please contact Sam Mitchell by e-mail: or telephone: 023 9254 5232 / 07985 234367