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Vital funding to strengthen communities across the borough

News release 10127, published on 16 Mar 2022
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council’s Cabinet has agreed almost £1.4 million of funding to support local community and voluntary sector organisations during 2022/23.

At a meeting last Tuesday (8 March), £1.1 million in strategic grants to help with the running of organisations that provide specialist services which help meet the council’s priorities was agreed.

These include Citizens Advice Basingstoke and Tadley, Anvil Arts, Basingstoke Consortium, Basingstoke Voluntary Action, Basingstoke Gym Club, Hampshire Cultural Trust, Proteus Theatre Company, Shopmobility, Whitchurch Silk Mill and Young People’s Independent Counselling.

To support organisations and groups across the borough to be more resilient, a new £214,000 strengthening communities grant scheme will be piloted during 2022/23 and delivered by Basingstoke Voluntary Action.

This will replace the former programme grants scheme which provided grants for small-scale community projects and programmes.

The new pilot scheme, which is due to launch in April 2022, will enable organisations to apply for grants of up to £10,000, or up to £15,000 for joint applications, to support them to become more resilient and drive innovation to better meet community needs. This includes funding to improve their business model, enhance their income generation, develop marketing plans and increase their volunteer base.

As part of the scheme, BVA will provide targeted advice and support for applicants and will also help groups to access other sources of funding available locally and nationally.

Cabinet Member for Community Development Cllr Jenny Vaux said: “We value the contribution of the borough’s community and voluntary sector and we are extremely lucky to have so many individuals and groups who strive to do so much for their communities.

“We have a strong track record of supporting communities to deliver services and activities for local residents and I am delighted that organisations will benefit from almost £1.4 million of funding this year. We are committed to working closely with communities to understand how we can continue to ensure our collective work makes the biggest difference to residents’ lives.

“As strong local groups and organisations are central to helping our communities to thrive, I am pleased that we are also piloting a new scheme which will support them to become more resilient and ensure they continue to meet their community’s needs in the future.”

A full list of all the strategic and programme grants the council has awarded is available at <span>www.basingstoke.gov.uk/funding

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