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Arts and community organisations awarded one off grant funding of more than £20,000

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Groups and organisations that promote culture, community and recreation across Hampshire are set to benefit from a total of £24,880 in one off grants from Hampshire County Council.

At his decision day on Thursday 6 March, Councillor Keith Chapman, Hampshire County Council's Executive Member for Culture, Recreation and Countryside, awarded grants to four groups from The Organisational Change Fund.

The Organisational Change Fund supports specific, time limited projects for organisations to achieve efficiencies and reduce on-going dependency on grant funding.

Cllr Chapman said: "These groups provide opportunities for people to participate and enjoy a range of community focused, cultural and recreational activities. This complements our work in many ways and the investment we make that supports the wider economic, cultural and social wellbeing for Hampshire residents and all the benefits that brings. It is important in the current economic climate that organisations are helped to become self sustaining and less dependent on the County Council for funding, particularly as financial pressures continue and the County Council needs to make £93million, or 12 per cent, savings from in its budget by 2015 to meet significant cuts in Government grant."

The beneficiaries were:

  • Space Place making and Urban Design, (SPUD), based in Chandler's Ford which has a countywide reach - £1,000. SPUD groups are for young people with a real interest in the built environment, and offers them the opportunity to influence change in their local areas. The funding will be used towards an organisational review and development project to establish a five year business plan to make the organisation more sustainable for the future and so it would not need to seek further funding from the County Council.
  • The Hampshire Dance Trust (Dance Up), based in Havant with a countywide reach - £7,000. This money will go towards helping the organisation work with consultants to establish as sustainable commercial dance class programme that will reduce its dependency on grant aid. Hampshire Dance works with individuals and organisations to enable and promote the experience and understanding of dance. It works in partnership with a range of people from individual professional and community dancers through to local authorities, arts funders, schools, higher education and national dance organisations. Hampshire Dance focuses particularly on professional development and youth dance.
  • The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre, based in Havant - £9,980. The organisation will use this resource to develop a new marketing strategy to increase audiences and ticket sales. This way it aims to be less reliant on County Council funding. The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre programme theatre, music, cinema, visual arts and workshops for all ages. The Centre also has a museum, cafe / shop and craft cabinet.
  • Making Space, based in Havant - £6,900. Making Space offers affordable studio spaces to crafts people, and offers creative classes in its jewellery and ceramics studios, which are open to the public. They will use the grant funding to develop a new five year business plan and find new ways to increase income. These measures will reduce the reliance on County Council funding.

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