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Community grants of £459,500 to be considered

Awards to 12 local not-for-profit community and voluntary groups of almost half a million pounds will be considered by New Forest District Council next month (February). 
Between them, the groups set to receive the grants provide services including support to people facing difficulty and hardship, giving advice and information, community development and outreach work, and cultural, arts, and sporting activities.
All grant applicants were asked to give a presentation to a group of councillors (Task and Finish Group) to show how funding requests would most benefit residents in the District. Applicants were also asked to explain how their funding request linked to the priorities set out in the Council's Corporate Plan.
Those able to show how their projects would directly support local people in need have been recommended for a grant and the organisations set to benefit from the community grants for 2017-18 (listed below) will be considered by councillors at their meeting of Cabinet on 1 February 2017. 
If the recommendations are approved, first-time applicant Lymington Amateur Rowing Club could receive a capital grant up to £35,000, in match-funding to support their project to provide facilities for their new clubhouse.

Rowing Club Chairman, Mark Viner said, "Without this our club will be unable to encourage young people into the sport, we are the only rowing club situated in the New Forest area and the move to a new boathouse will ensure our club will have a secure future, replacing ageing buildings and providing a long term asset for the New Forest community as well as ourselves".
The  report to Cabinet also recommends a grant of £7,500 to Community First New Forest so that their 25years+ Nightstop project can continue. 

Among the other organisations in line to receive grant funding is the Citizen Advice Service.  

Andy Clapper, CEO of Citizens Advice New Forest said, "Through the hard work and commitment of our volunteers we support people who are in the greatest need by giving them advice to help with their problems.. We are delighted that this is recognised by the District Council.  In these difficult times their continuing support is essential to us being able to continue to offer our service."

Cllr James Binns, Portfolio Holder for Health and Leisure commented. "The total Community Grants allocation is not an insignificant investment in our local community. At a time when budgets are increasingly strained and funding streams diminishing, we acknowledge the tremendous contributions that civic organisations play within the New Forest. We will continue to nurture our community and third sector organisations where we can, and we recognise the many volunteers and community workers who help to invigorate and support our communities."  

Updated: 10 May 2017
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