Grants for community projects

By Surrey and Hants News in Charity

Grants worth £82,928 have been awarded by East Hampshire District Council’s cabinet to community projects in East Hampshire.

East Hampshire District Council’s Cabinet Approved Community Grant scheme is open to community groups and sports clubs across the district to apply for funding between £1,000 and £25,000.

The grants are available to all not-for-profit organisations for capital projects that will benefit the local community.

Alton Scouts received £10,000 towards the extension of its cabin in Anstey Lane. The cabin needs extending due to the growing demand and increase in population.

The group has grown 15 per cent over the last two years and has reached its capacity, with 230 members and a waiting list of 70. New developments within the town are expected to increase demand; a cabin extension will allow the group to add a project room and some storage.

John Lewis, chairman of the 8th Alton Scout Group, said: “For the past 60 years, 8th Alton Scout Group has provided tremendous support and development opportunities to the young people of Alton.

“Currently at full capacity, providing educational, leadership, team building and outward-bound development opportunities to over 230 young people in Alton and the surrounds, this much-needed and generous grant from East Hampshire District Council will enable us to complete our much-needed building extension, and kit out our new project room, providing our members with the opportunity to develop new skills in the fields of engineering and construction.”

Alton Community Association received a grant of £16,500 to improve the appearance and performance of its ageing centre.

The improvements will be made to the toilet for people with disabilities, foyer, garden room, kitchenette, courtyard corridor, bar and entrance.

Alton Community Centre manager Maria Elliott said: “We are delighted to be successful in our bid for a cabinet grant. This grant will mean that we can continue to make improvements to our building to ensure that the valuable services that we offer our community take place in comfortable, pleasant and, above all, safe surroundings.”

The Church of Holy Rood, Holybourne, saw its application for £10,000 approved, allowing it to be used by more of the community.

The money will go towards the church being a more useable, modern facility for a range of community events and activities. This will be achieved by installing toilets and a kitchen, moving the font and investing in moveable pews and chairs.

The church has also committed to holding a permanent exhibition that will feature its cultural history and be supported by trained volunteers.

A new playground will open in Froyle at the village hall thanks to £15,000 granted to Froyle Parish Council.

Froyle parish councillor Nick Whines said: “The children of Froyle are eagerly looking forward to their new playground, which Froyle Parish Council hopes to reopen in July with lots of exciting new equipment, including some challenging climbing apparatus for older children. Froyle Village Hall is a popular location for children’s parties and the new playground will certainly become an added attraction. Froyle Parish Council is grateful for the support of East Hampshire District Council.”

Liss Parish Council received the highest grant, £25,000, which will to go towards a new community facility, replacing a pavilion and Scout hut that are more than 30 years old and beyond economic repair.

Liss Parish Council chairman Roger Hargreaves said: “We are very grateful for the support from East Hampshire District Council for our pavilion project. Liss urgently needs a building to replace the pavilion at West Liss, which has come to the end of its life. A new pavilion will provide facilities that will benefit many groups and organisations in Liss, particularly the Scouts. With the other funding we have raised, the cabinet grant should allow the project to go ahead.”

East Hampshire District Council’s customer services portfolio holder Cllr Julie Butler said: “It really is great that East Hampshire District Council offers this grant and supports community organisations and projects that are really important to the residents of East Hampshire.

“As a district council, we want to help anyone that is making East Hampshire a better place to live through their community work, and we have definitely done that through this round of funding.”