Over £30,000 to support Hampshire's culture and community organisations
Friday, 08 March 2013
Groups and organisations that promote culture, community and recreational activity across Hampshire are set to benefit from more than £50,000 in grants from Hampshire County Council.
At his Decision Day on 7 March 2013, the County Council's Executive Member for Culture and Recreation, Councillor Keith Chapman awarded £51,300 in grants to six organisations in the New Forest, Test Valley, and Winchester.
For 2013/14 and beyond, an improved application process has now been introduced that complements the work of the County Council in meeting the needs of Hampshire's 1.3million residents and aims to encourage greater numbers of groups to come forward to apply for financial support.
Those to benefit in this latest round are:
Countryside Education Trust (CET), based in Beaulieu, which provides educational experience and field work activities to school children and adults, helping them to connect with the countryside and learn how to preserve their environment (£39,000)
Fawley Parish Council, for their 'Carnival Fun' project (£500)
Parent Link, Fawley, for their Band Camp project (£2,000)
Test Valley Community Services, for a 12 month project that targets young people facing barriers to volunteering (£4,400)
The Carroll Centre, Winchester, to support community use of the new library in the centre and support volunteer training and develop a library cafe (£4,400)
Winchester Writers' Conference, Festival and Bookfair, to support the Lollapalooza: Poetry and Prose Performance Evening (£1,000)
Councillor Keith Chapman said: "These groups play an important role in supporting our work, particularly in the current economic climate as financial pressures continue.
"Having modernised and streamlined the Council's grant application system, this means we can continue to support these groups with financial backing and we hope to encourage even more organisations to come forward and apply in future."