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Applications open for community grants from New Forest District Council

15 August 2023

Local community groups and charities can now apply for grants from a combined scheme by us and Rural England Prosperity Fund to help their work in the district.

Applications for community grants are open until 31 October 2023. 

We supported 19 community groups and charities through revenue grants and capital grants totalling £225,600 between 2022-2023. The funding given includes £35,000 towards support service Community First Wessex, £18,500 for New Forest Disability Information Services, and £15,000 towards the Forest Arts Centre. 

Grants between £5,000 - £10,000 were given to Totton based family support charity Youth and Families Matter, youth work at The Handy Trust, St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery in Lymington, Forest Forge Theatre Company, art for recreation and recovery charity 'hArt', creative arts centre 'SPUD', domestic abuse charity Yellow Door, and homelessness support group The Crossings. Capital Grants were also given to support a range of projects including Paultons Cricket Club and a community store at East Boldre.

Cllr Dan Poole, Portfolio Holder for Communities, Safety, and Wellbeing, said: "We're proud to have awarded these grants to our New Forest communities in the past. We are looking to award the upcoming grants to organisations who ensure New Forest residents have access to advice and support, as well as arts, recreation and community facilities." 

"We distribute grants as part of our aim to support communities and do so through the people and organisations who are best placed to do it. We're keen assist the great work of the many wonderful voluntary and community organisations across the district."

"We encourage organisations to visit our website where they will find the grant criteria and make an application."

The application form for the Community Grants can be found on our website at

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