East Hampshire District Council has set aside a £1 million pot of money gathered from developers working in Whitehill & Bordon to fund community projects in the town.
Organisations with a plan to improve the area’s community facilities can apply for the money they need to help make their project a reality.
The £1 million has been collected from developers who pay a contribution for every property built in the town.
Groups have until September to submit their bid in this year’s bidding round. More money may be available again next year.
Community bids must fall in to one of three main categories and each has its own share of the £1 million allocated to it.
The three categories are:
- Community Facilities - community and leisure facilities including new cultural, community arts or heritage facilities
- Sport and Leisure – new or enhanced sports facilities in the town
- Open Space and Play Areas – Improvements to public open space in the Whitehill & Bordon area
Councillor Ferris Cowper, EHDC’s Portfolio Holder for Whitehill & Bordon, said: “One of the key successes of this regeneration is that it invests in all aspects of our community.
“This new source of cash invests in the vital areas of sport and leisure, open spaces and community facilities which shows just how far-reaching the project has become.
“Every aspect of daily life is being enhanced through the regeneration and the town is day by day becoming an exciting and sought-after place to work, live and play.”
Cllr Angela Glass, EHDC’s Portfolio Holder for Planning, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for clubs and groups in Whitehill & Bordon to make their mark on the town.
“Thanks to our legal agreement with our developers each new home built here draws with it a financial contribution for use on community facilities.
“There are so many groups who work to make the town a better place to live. If they have a plan but need funding to see it through, we want to hear from them. Get that application to us by September!”
For more information about bidding for funding go to www.easthants.gov.uk/s106.