Councillor Roy Perry explained: “We’ve set up the Parish and Town Council Investment Fund to encourage innovation at a local level by supporting local councils to get the knowledge and equipment they need to help them look at fresh ways in which they might run a greater number of community based projects themselves.
The new fund is being set up in partnership with the Hampshire Association of Local Councils (HALC). The County Council will be inviting local Parish and Town Councils as well as community groups to apply for a share of a new £500,000 pot to kick start improvements in their local area.
Councillor Perry continued: “Parish and Town Councils work closely with their communities. Crucially, they have the local knowledge and expertise to know what their neighbourhoods need and how best to drive initiatives forward - we want to support them to do this by providing targeted funding where it is needed most.”
There will be three areas in which Parish and Town Councils can apply for funding, all of which look to support new, innovative and sustainable options, these include:
* enhancing existing or provide new infrastructure which supports their communities, such as community centres
* supporting local communities to be more resilient, for example, tackling social isolation and in the management of their green open spaces
* funding training to support local community members to deliver services in the area, such as maintaining rights of way
Councillor Perry continued: “This fund reinforces our commitment to continuing to develop our strong partnership with HALC and Parish and Town Councils – a reflection of the invaluable role they play in supporting the wellbeing of local people and communities across our entire county.”
Applicants will be able to apply to the fund from November. More information about the fund and how to apply will be available on the County Council’s website shortly.
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