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£1 million available to community organisations for building projects

Friday, 19 July 2013

An extra £1million is being made available by Hampshire County Council for the refurbishment and improvement of community centres and village halls to help local communities thrive.

The money from the Council's capital reserves has been set aside for improvements and modernisation projects. It comes on top of the £125,000 a year which is already in the budget for this purpose.

Hampshire County Council will offer to fund up to a maximum grant of £25,000 for projects that meet certain criteria. Normally match funding of 50% of the total project costs would be expected.

The County council will also be awarding two or three grants of up to £200,000 for larger projects. Organisations would need to prove that their project would substantially improve the building to increase usage or enable the joint use of a building by the merger of two or more groups. There is a different application process for these larger proposals.

Final decisions on applications will be made by the Executive Member for Culture, Recreation and Countryside, who is Councillor Keith Chapman.

Councillor Chapman said: "I am thrilled that this year there is more money available for these grants which are so important for community cohesion. Village halls and community associations are a valuable asset in every local area and vital in providing an activity hub that brings together local people of all ages.

"The County Council's contributions enable improvements to be made to their buildings, which helps to ensure that they continue their valuable work within the community."

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