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Thanks half a million - NFDC awards latest community grants

We're giving £459,500 in community grants to 12 local not-for-profit community and voluntary groups.

1 February 2017

£459,500 in community grants will go to 12 local not-for-profit community and voluntary groups.

The groups set to receive the grants provide services supporting people facing difficulty and hardship, give advice and information, provide community development and outreach work, and offer 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 were recommended for a grant and the organisations who will benefit from the community grants for 2017-18 (listed below) were considered by councillors at today's Cabinet meeting (1 February 2017). 
First-time applicant Lymington Amateur Rowing Club will 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 would be unable to encourage young people into the sport."
The report to Cabinet also recommended a grant of £7,500 to Community First New Forest so that their 25years+ Nightstop project can continue. 

Among the other organisations 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." 

Link to report

Citizen Advice Service £255,000
Community First New Forest: (Nightstop, Nightstop 25+ healthy walks, management and advice)  £65,000
Lymington Rowing Club £35,000
Forest Forge Theatre Company £32,000
Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust £25,000
Forest Arts Centre £17,000
New Forest Disability Information Service £10,000
Ringwood School of Arts £6,000
hArt £6,000
Yellow Door £5,000
CODA  £2,500
Avon Valley Concerts £1,000


Updated: 10 May 2017
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