Funding available for community projects

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Groups can apply for money raised through local development

Community groups, charities and organisations can now apply for the funding they need to provide valuable community projects. 

The money has been accumulated from Section 106 contributions made by developers of large sites in the district.

This means more money for local infrastructure is available to the community by applying for developer contributions.

Find out more about Section 106

Last year money was distributed across the district to fund projects that support local residents. 

In the southern parishes a total of £106,000 was allocated to various projects. This included £22,605 to Rowlands Castle towards the renewal and enlargement of a play area, while the history of Horndean is being celebrated with funding towards the initial phase of their heritage trail. A further £45,000 has been allocated to projects supporting sport in Clanfield  

£323,000 has been awarded in Bramshott & Liphook, with more than £140,000 being spent on dredging and restoring the much-loved Radford Pond in the centre of Liphook. 

Over £80,000 was allocated towards various projects in parishes in the north-west of the district. Binsted Parish Council has used £7,280 to support the wildlife and natural habitats in the Blacknest Fields, and Bentworth Primary School has spent £2,000 on a shelter and e-bike charger. 

While in Whitehill & Bordon the local football club has been given funding for the provision of spectator walkways and barriers. 

Cllr Robert Mocatta, EHDC’s Portfolio Holder for Regeneration and Prosperity, said: “The developer contributions we collect, through schemes like Section 106, can make a huge difference to community projects up and down the district. 

“Parish councils, schools sports clubs – all kinds of community groups can apply to the fund and a huge variety of schemes can be supported. 

“Some grants are for more than £100,000 and some are for just a couple of thousand pounds. The amount of money available in each area varies according to the amount of development that area has seen, but it is always worth contacting the council and finding out if you can apply for a grant that might make all the difference to your community.”