Hampshire County Council's 'Have Your Say' scheme, which involves local people in community decisions, is gaining momentum with the latest grants awarded to groups in Rushmoor, Fareham, Test Valley, Winchester and Gosport .
'Have Your Say' provides funding for local projects that have been chosen and then voted for by local people. Organisations are able to apply for a share of £200,000 each year in order to run their own local 'Have Your Say' events.
At his Decision Day on 31 March, Councillor Andrew Joy, Executive Member for Communities and Partnerships, approved £78,000 to help community projects including:
Councillor Joy welcomed these latest grant applications saying: "The core principles of the 'Have Your Say' scheme are to identify and respond to community needs by enabling residents to select and evaluate funding opportunities. It gives people a real voice in how money is spent in their local area and provides an opportunity for local grass roots community projects to be supported.
"Districts across Hampshire have already benefited from this scheme through grants awarded last year, and these latest awards will also really help to build and strengthen these local communities by drawing people together and giving ownership through the decision-making process."
Applications to the 'Have Your Say' scheme are welcomed from local organisations including district/borough councils, town or parish councils, councils for voluntary service, community groups and community safety or other relevant partnerships. These organisations must be capable of operating the scheme locally, potentially linking this with other resources for the community to make decisions about the funding of local projects.