County Council gives £80,000 in grant funding to community projects

A festival, an outdoor gym, refurbishments of local halls and community art projects are just some of the ventures getting underway in Hampshire’s local communities this year; thanks to nearly £82,700 in grant funding from Hampshire County Council

Jul 11 2019

The funding has been awarded today (11 July) by the County Council’s Executive Member for Recreation and Heritage, Councillor Seán Woodward, from the Recreation and Heritage Community Fund 2019/20.

Councillor Woodward said: “Our investment supports local organisations to provide community benefit and help local communities thrive. When working with these organisations, our aim is to help them become financially self-supporting, so that they no longer have to rely on public sector funding – which is why we prioritise schemes that can develop a self-sufficient model over time. We also recognise how much individual events and activities can mean to local people -so we give small one-off grants to pump-prime community events and activities.

“The County Council’s contributions also enable important improvements to be made to community buildings, equipment and facilities, which helps to ensure that the activities can take place in modern, fit for purpose and financially efficient buildings.”

The Recreation and Heritage Community Fund was introduced in January to simplify the process for community organisations seeking funding; it replaced four funds for different kinds of projects, meaning that local community organisations and projects now only need to apply to one funding scheme.

Culture and Community Activity Grants

The 11 projects to receive support are:


  • Joyful Jams CIC - £2,000 towards an in-house participatory arts and sensory engagement programme for dementia nurses and carers in Hampshire Trust Hospitals.


  • Made for Making - £1,450 towards activities and an exhibition display, as part of a small programme of reminiscence for elders, arts activities for children and a ‘Made for Making’ display to accompany the Ford Transition exhibition at Eastleigh Museum.

Fareham and Gosport

  • Friends of Leesland Park - £7,700 towards the purchase and installation of fitness equipment in the park that would create a permanent, easily accessible and free to use outdoor gym facility.
  • Headway Portsmouth and South East Hampshire - £2,942 towards the delivery of inclusive sports and recreational activities in Gosport for brain injured adults who cannot access the existing provision in Portsmouth.
  • Y Services for Young People - £2,750 to provide free 2-hour play sessions to children and families in the Fareham and Gosport districts during school holidays in various community locations, including parks and open community spaces.

New Forest

  • 1st Sandleheath Sea Scouts - £1000 towards canoes so that the canoeing activities can be opened up to younger and smaller members
  • Marchwood Scout and Guide Building Management Committee£20,000 towards internal fitting of a new building to replace a demolished scout hut, to increase facilities in a growing community.


  • TwoTime Theatre - £1,342 towards the production of a new play about a Hampshire Heroine, Tilly Shilling, who was an engineer who tried to save the Spitfire.
  • The Winchester Pavilion Project - £30,000 towards providing an improved pavilion for multi-sport and community use.
  • Waltham Chase Village Hall - £13,000 towards refurbishment of the toilets and installation of modern lighting that would lead to better energy efficiency and reduced running costs.
  • The Worthy Festival - £1,000 to support a festival with performance opportunities and displays from local groups and services, to encourage participation.

Total: £82,684

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