At his Decision Day meeting (6 December), Councillor Andrew Gibson approved Culture and Recreation Investment Fund grants to 16 venues worth a total of £586,440. Councillor Gibson also approved Community Investment Fund grants to six community groups worth £50,805.
Councillor Gibson said: “These grants make a big difference to Hampshire’s much valued cultural, recreational and community groups. Many people of all ages and walks of life enjoy the activities and events on offer at these local theatres, museums and art venues. These grants also support community groups who play such a vital role in local life, often in deprived areas. This complements our work supporting the wider economic, cultural and social wellbeing for Hampshire residents and all the benefits that brings.”
The awarded grants listed by district include:
Basingstoke and Deane
- The Anvil - £73,550 for the flagship music venue which attracts around 173,000 people to the Anvil, the Haymarket and The Forge, with a further 13,021 people attending workshops.
- Proteus Theatre Company - £40,335 to support touring works, five youth theatres, an artists hub, and specialist workshops for adults and children with physical and/or learning difficulties in Basingstoke.
- Whitchurch Silk Mill – £19,265 for the living industrial museum at the oldest working silk mill in Britain, which attracts around 24,000 visitors a year.
- Buckskin and Worting Community Association - £6,290 for the Basingstoke-based association to develop healthy lifestyle and wellbeing programmes for children, older people, those at risk of social isolation and people with mental health issues.
- Hampshire Playing Fields Association - £52,375 to promote children’s play and sports opportunities, including providing technical and legal advice to parish councils, sports clubs and member organisations.
- Hampshire Athletics - £4,000 to support the role of the Athletics Coaching and Performance Officer to increase athletics development in schools and clubs.
- Oates Memorial Library and Gilbert White Museum - £20,000 to support the museum’s collections and activities at Selborne near Alton.
- Oates Memorial Library and Gilbert White Museum (Field Studies Centre) - £12,975 for the centre which focuses on ecology and out of classroom learning.
- Phoenix Theatre and Arts Centre - £13,600 to the only full-time arts and cultural centre in East Hampshire. The Bordon-based centre attracts an annual footfall of 12,500 people.
- Privett Centre – £8,030 to help children from schools in towns and cities to experience the countryside near Petersfield.
- Horndean Community Association - £7,700 to support projects and activities for vulnerable groups including children, older people, the unemployed and those on low incomes.
- The Point - £51,600 for the theatre and dance studios which engages with 60,000 participants and 25,000 audience members a year.
- The Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Activity Centre - £10,230 for the outdoor centre which provides activities such as climbing, archery and ropes course for people with learning disabilities, autism and physical disabilities.
- The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre - £107,610 for the centre which offers heritage experiences to over 160,000 visitors and a further 10,000 people through community outreach.
- Making Space - £33,320 for the Leigh Park-based crafts centre which provides high quality studios and development opportunities for designers and artists.
- Wecock Community Association - £12,360 for projects in Waterlooville for children, older people and volunteers including job club, healthy lifestyle programmes, food banks and laundrette.
- Springwood Community Partnership - £9,435 to support projects in Waterloovile for vulnerable groups including older people those at risk of social isolation, low income families, children and young people.
- Forest Forge Theatre Company - £43,370 for the Ringwood-based theatre company which provides opportunities for around 30,000 Hampshire residents.
- Alamein Community Association - £6,290 for the Andover-based organisation which provides drop in advice groups, job club, food banks, IT skills and activities for vulnerable groups.
- Theatre Royal Winchester - £90,830 to support live theatre events such as the Hat Fair, Woolly Hat Fair and Hat Fair Out There.
- Winnall Community Association - £8,730 for educational and community projects in Winchester including a cinema club, holiday play scheme, older people’s lunches and community garden group.
- Westgate Badminton Centre - £5,350 for the flagship sport centre, which local badminton players can also access.
The Culture and Recreation Investment Fund is an annual programme with one round per year, and contributes towards service/programme costs and/or core running costs, including salaries. The Community Investment Fund is also an annual programme, which gives priority to organisations serving communities with high levels of multiple deprivation.
Further details on the grants funded can be found in the report to the Executive Member for Culture, Recreation and Countryside Decision Day.