At his Decision Day meeting (15 June), Councillor Andrew Gibson approved Community Buildings Capital Fund grants to nine community groups totalling £136,210 and Culture and Community Activity Grants to six organisations amounting to £15,980.
Councillor Gibson said: “These groups offer a wide range of activities and events to everyone within their communities. The additional capital funding will help these organisations modernise their facilities and improve their offer to residents.”
The awarded grants listed by district include:
• Asian Welfare and Cultural Association - £3,000 towards a multicultural festival including music, dance and cultural activities to be held in July 2017.
• Grayshott Concerts - £2,980 towards a project in February 2018 for 40 young brass musicians aged 8 to 18, involving a one day workshop and rehearsal with members of the London Mozart Players, culminating in a public performance.
• Liss Community Association - £9,140 towards the remodelling and refurbishment of its coffee bar and meeting room - to increase flexible space and capacity.
• Parish of the Resurrection, Alton - £9,600 to make the church space more flexible, moving the font and installing toilets and a kitchen.
• St John’s Church Hall - £24,670 towards renovation and refurbishment of the kitchen and the main hall ceiling, as well as lighting and flooring.
• Brodrick Hall - £5,000 towards kitchen refurbishment, with work planned to take place in August 2017. The venue is used for a daily preschool, several guiding and scouting groups, dance, table tennis and craft groups.
• Eversley Village Hall - £17,850 towards the replacement of outdated and inefficient heating, and the installation of double-glazing.
• The Cross Barn Odiham - £14,950 to remodel and refurbish the toilets and realign the stairs.
• Hampshire Art for Recreation and Therapy - £2,000 towards two 12 week art programmes for adults with mental health issues to be delivered in Lymington. The project will also include peer support and opportunities for aspiring art therapists.
• Mottisfont, National Trust - £2,000 towards an artist in residence project, including five community/schools workshops and the installation of an architectural structure to enable visitors to encounter the River Test in a new way.
• Winchester Festival - £3,000 towards a nine-day festival of music, talks, drama and visual arts to be held in July 2017. The festival will include performance opportunities for the Hampshire County Youth Orchestra and Hampshire Youth Dance Company, as well as talks from high-profile individuals from a range of backgrounds, and the world premiere of Meeting Miss Austen by local author Cecily O-Neill.
• Integr8 Community CIC - £25,000 towards the remodelling of the King Alfred Youth Activity Centre (KAYAC) to increase flexible hire space, improve flooring and toilets, and install ventilation to internal spaces.
• Sparsholt Memorial Hall - £5,000 towards the replacement of rotting fire doors.
• The Hospital of St Cross and Almshouse of Noble Poverty - £25,000 towards the construction of new toilets with office space above.
• Wet Picnic Theatre Group – £3,000 to work with college students in partnership with the Hampshire Cultural Trust and Jane Austen’s House Museum to lead and curate a project culminating in a grand opening and outdoor performance at the museum in October 2017.
Further details on the grants funded can be found in the report to the Executive Member for Culture, Recreation and Countryside Decision Day