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Communities can decide how to spend £78,000 grant money from Hampshire County Council

Tuesday, 01 April 2014

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:

  • Rushmoor Borough Council, £12,500, to deliver a Have Your Say initiative which will award grants for small grass roots community projects. Grants will be determined via the Rushmoor Citizens Panel and the Gaming Zone, a social enterprise that runs term time and holiday projects, which work with nearly 600 children and young people.
  • Fareham Borough Council, £20,000, to support the development of activities for young people.
  • Test Valley Partnership, £17,500, to provide resources that local communities can use to take forward local projects.
  • Winchester Area Community Action (WACA), £17,500, which is seeking to run a community grant scheme for voluntary organisations in the Winchester district. WACA will use its networks to invite community groups to apply for small grants to fund capital projects and other new initiatives.
  • Gosport Community Safety Partnership, £10,500, to run the YOUdecide scheme which ensures local people bid for money to help improve their communities.

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.

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