We're supporting local not-for-profit and voluntary groups with £207,300 in community grants.
At our recent Cabinet meeting, 3 February, Councillors heard how the Community Grants Task and Finish Group assessed grant applications for 2021/2022 on their ability to contribute towards meeting the Council's corporate plan, and how they are supporting residents' wellbeing through the coronavirus pandemic.
Councillor Diane Andrews, Portfolio Holder for Community Affairs, said,
"This year it has been an unusual process, interviewing applicants virtually. These grants are of even greater importance to our community, as these valued organisations have also had to adapt their services to meet increased need within the constraints of the pandemic.
"I am pleased at the diversity of the grants awarded. They have covered all areas of the New Forest and included the arts, sport, mental health, people with disabilities, young people and families, schools and charities. They provide a wide range of support for our residents' physical and mental wellbeing and in every way support the aims of our Corporate Plan."
The largest, single, revenue grant, of £35,000 will go to Community First Wessex, who provide support across the New Forest to create a thriving voluntary sector. They work with voluntary groups on a range of projects that support our residents, covering issues such as employability, mental health and digital services. Community First have been key to the Coronavirus Local Response Centre and in supporting groups to assist our most vulnerable residents through the pandemic. Twelve further organisations have been awarded grants towards their work which address particular needs of the local community.
Capital grants were agreed for five projects. The largest was £25k to Tottonians Rugby Club towards their project to build changing facilities for children and female players. The project will enable the club to increase participation in sport and physical activity for all members of the community.
The grant awards will be included in the Council's proposed budget for 2021/22 which is subject to agreement at a meeting of Full Council on 25 February 2021.
Details on how to apply for a community grant for 2022/23 will be on newforest.gov.uk from 1 July 2021.
Organisations being supported by NFDC with community grants 2021/22;