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Community grant scheme launched for North Hampshire organisations

NORTH Hampshire community groups and organisations have the chance to apply for funding support following the launch of a council community grant scheme.

Grants of between £250 and £1,000 are available to help groups and not-for-profit organisations purchase equipment which will make a difference to people’s lives and help bring communities together following the coronavirus pandemic.

Each councillor across Basingstoke and Deane will have a £2,000 pot to support projects in their communities until March 31, 2022.

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council. (51566788)
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council. (51566788)

The maximum grant that will be available for each project in a ward is £1,000.

Funding is available for voluntary groups, charities, schools, faith groups and town and parish councils for projects which meet the scheme criteria.

The grant funding can be used for items that contribute to key priorities set out in Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council’s plan – strengthening communities, protecting and enhancing the environment, improving safety and planning for the future.

This could include purchasing tools or equipment for a variety of group activities such as health and wellbeing activities, lunch clubs or play groups.

Cabinet member for communities, infrastructure and planning Simon Bound said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has shone a light on the amazing community spirit we have in our borough and has given people more opportunities to explore the facilities and activities on offer in their local communities.

“Our new councillor community grant scheme will give councillors the chance to support their local communities with grant funding for projects and activities which will make a big difference to residents’ lives and foster thriving communities across the borough."

For more information about the scheme and eligibility criteria, visit www.basingstoke.gov.uk/cllr-community-grants

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