Groups and organisations that promote culture, community and recreation across Hampshire are set to benefit from £48,690 in grants from Hampshire County Council.
At his Decision Day on 20 January 2014, the County Council's Executive Member for Culture, Recreation and Countryside, Councillor Keith Chapman awarded the funding to 32 organisations for 2014/15.
A full list of grant applications awarded funding, can be found here . They range from a project in Gosport where unemployed young people will work with marine skilled volunteers on boat maintenance and sailing skills; a walking festival in Alton to showcase the town and surrounding countryside, a Winchester-based theatre project for adults with learning disabilities, a music and media training project in New Milton for young people and a song and music writing programme for homeless people in Basingstoke.
Councillor Keith Chapman said: "These groups provide opportunities for people to participate and enjoy a range of community focussed, 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. This is particularly important in the current economic climate 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.
"Having modernised and streamlined the Council's grant application system, this means we can continue to support these groups with financial backing and, by providing a fair and level playing field for all funding applicants, we hope to encourage even more organisations to come forward and apply in future."