Councillor Mans said: “I am delighted to award this funding to these very worthy projects and organisations. The purpose of this grant stream is to fund projects which provide community benefit and help local communities to thrive, as well as helping them to become more financially self-supporting.
“As we head towards the close of 2021 and the ongoing impacts of the COVID crisis continue to be acutely felt by many, this financial support will serve an important role in helping to secure a brighter future for the ongoing good work carried out across these Hampshire communities, to the benefit of local and particularly vulnerable residents.”
Details for the grants awarded are as follows:
RM Garden Memorial Stones Appeal Committee (Countywide) – grant of £1,200 awarded
The application is to erect granite stone memorials to Royal Marines and other service men and women in the Afghanistan and Iraq Conflicts in the Royal Marines memorial garden in Eastney, Portsmouth. The erection of two memorials will acknowledge the sacrifice of those who gave their lives during these conflicts. The garden is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and fully accessible to all. It is run by a team of volunteers. Persons of all ethnicities and religions visit the Garden for quiet contemplation and prayer.
Springwood Community Partnership (Havant / Waterloo and Stakes North) – grant of £16,000 awarded
Serving an area of significant multiple deprivation, this is a small community association developing and delivering projects and activities particularly targeted to local vulnerable groups including older people, those at risk of social isolation, children and young people and low-income families.
King Arthur’s Way Community Association (Test Valley / Andover West) – grant of £5,000 awarded
This is a small community association serving a community which develops and delivers a range of activities and projects to address local needs including drop-in advice groups, job club, food bank, IT skills and activities for vulnerable groups including children and young people and older people.
Wecock Community Association (Havant / Cowplain and Hart Plain) – grant of £12,000 awarded
A large community association, this organisation delivers a wide range of activities and services to address the social and economic needs of the area. There is a strong volunteering ethos in the centre with over 60 volunteers of all ages. It provides activities for children and young people, older people, skills development and work experience for volunteers, job club, adult and community learning, charity shop, community café, along with IT access.