At his Decision Day meeting (18 January), Councillor Gibson, approved grants of £88,000 to Live Theatre Winchester; £12,240 to the Phoenix Theatre and Arts Centre in Bordon; and £41,900 to the Hampshire Playing Fields Association.
Councillor Gibson said: “The grants will help these organisations continue to engage with local residents through cultural and community activities, including vulnerable groups. People of all ages and backgrounds can experience a wide range of benefits including learning life-long skills, boosting their mental and physical wellbeing, and help them feel more connected to their communities.”
The approved grants include:
- Live Theatre Winchester (Winchester): £88,105 to help support the running of the Theatre Royal and various outreach programmes. The funding will also support the Hat Fair, a three day outdoors arts festival which involves local, national and international artists. Work will also be done to engage and work with urban and rural youth groups, the Fringe Festival and a Celebrating Age Project
- The Phoenix Theatre and Arts Centre (Bordon, East Hampshire): £12,240 to continue its programme of work engaging with vulnerable groups in the arts through activities including theatre, a music festival, outdoor performances and community events.
- The Hampshire Playing Fields Association (countywide): £41,900 to continue providing technical and legal advice to Parish Councils, Sports Clubs and member organisations which promote and support children’s play and sports opportunities across Hampshire.
The grants were awarded from the Culture and Recreation Investment Fund. The Executive Member for Culture, Recreation and Countryside Decision Day papers are available to read in full online.