Projects across Lindford and Whitehill & Bordon have been given a crucial cash boost thanks to one local councillor.
Scout groups, charities, theatres and parish councils have received grant funding from Cllr Yvonne Parker-Smith, East Hampshire District Councillor for Lindford.
Each year every councillor is given £4,500 to distribute among local causes through the Councillor Grant Scheme. Grants can range between £250-£1,000 for projects that provide that benefits the community.
In total, Cllr Parker-Smith gave out grants to 12 local groups working for the benefit of a huge number of local people.
She said: “The Councillor Community Grants scheme gives local councillors the power to support the local groups and organisations that are working for the benefit of our communities.
“Councillors are in a great position to know what’s going on in their local area and they can make sure the money is put to the best use.
“If you have a project you need financial support for, get in touch with your local councillor and apply for a Councillor Community Grant.”
On receiving applications councillors will make an initial assessment of the merits of the scheme and, subject to the application meeting certain criteria, will then decide whether to approve funding.
Over the last 12 months Councillor Parker-Smith has approved the following grants:
£250: 1st Bordon (Garrison) Scout Group, new equipment
£500: Badgerswood Surgery, a FENO machine
£250: Artscape, arts and music workshop
£350: Lindford Ladies, new materials and guest speakers
£500: Furniture Helpline, servicing heating system
£200: Lindford Parish Council, event to thank volunteers
£500: Lindford Parish Council, promote Lindford Village Hall
£500: Lindford Parish Council, 12 solar-powered Christmas trees
£500: Phoenix Theatre, arts for all
£300: Lindford Pop In, games and a raffle
£300: Lindford Parish Council, CCTV
£374: Lindford Parish Council, maple tree
Find out more about Councillor Community Grants at www.easthants.gov.uk/community-grants