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Councillor grant scheme to support community projects

News release 10227, published on 22 Jul 2022
Community groups and organisations can now apply for funding for small-scale items to support local groups and projects following this year’s launch of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council’s Councillor 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.

The scheme was launched last year in the borough and gives each ward councillor across Basingstoke and Deane a £2,000 pot to support community and voluntary group projects in their communities. The maximum grant that will be available for each project in a ward is £1,000 and applications must be submitted by the relevant councillors by Friday 27 January 2023.

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 is available for physical items that contribute to the key priorities set out in Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council’s Council Plan - strengthening communities, protecting and enhancing our environment, improving safety and planning for the future.

This could include purchasing tools or equipment for a variety of group activities such as community groups, health and wellbeing activities, lunch clubs or play groups.
Examples of last year’s projects include materials for a community garden in Tadley, defibrillators in various locations throughout the borough including sports clubs and schools, a parasol and bench for outdoor play at a play group in Overton and tents for a scout group in Brighton Hill.

Cabinet Member for Partnerships Cllr Jenny Vaux said: “We have a wonderful sense of community spirit in our borough and there are so many activities and opportunities for people to explore in their areas.

“Our Councillor Community Grant Scheme is an important part of the council’s funding for voluntary and community groups. It is about giving our councillors who work at the heart of these communities the chance to support them 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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