£2.6 million available for community projects

Wednesday, 12 February, 2020

More than £2.6 million is available to help fund local projects that will benefit the community.

East Hampshire District Council is calling on community groups to come forward and stake their claim for funding that could make a huge difference to residents in their area.

The £2.6 million pot has been gathered through developer contributions. Every time a new home is sold its developer pays into the fund. The scheme only covers areas of East Hampshire outside the South Downs National Park.

The money raised by new homes is retained for use in that area and is often earmarked for a particular type of project.

Charities, community groups and local councils can apply to use the money for community facilities, sport and leisure facilities, open spaces, play areas, environmental improvements or transport projects.

Cllr Robert Mocatta, EHDC Portfolio Holder for Community Development, Placemaking and Infrastructure, said: “As part of the planning process developers are obliged to put some money towards local facilities.

“Each home built in the district grows the pot of developer contributions. Now is the time for local groups with a great community project to come forward and apply for this money. We don’t want this money sitting on our books, we want to use it to improve the community.

“Developer contributions are spent in the area where the new houses were built, so some places have more than others, but if you have a project that you think would make a difference to your community get in touch with us and see if we can help.”

When the council opened up applications last summer 48 local organisations shared £730,000 for their various projects.

To apply for developer contributions go to www.easthants.gov.uk/developer-contributions