At his Decision Day meeting (21 March), Councillor Andrew Gibson approved Community Buildings Capital Fund grants to ten community groups totalling £129,680 and he also approved Culture and Community Activity Grants to 21 organisations amounting to £52,880.
Councillor Gibson said: “The grants for these organisations will enable them to continue offering projects and much loved interactive arts events and activities at the heart of the communities, which are enjoyed by so many people. At the same time, the capital funding will enable the buildings to be fit for purpose, modern and efficient, long into the future.
“Importantly, the funding will also help organisations reach and engage with harder to access groups, supporting the County Council’s wider work in protecting the economic, cultural and social wellbeing of all Hampshire residents.”
The awarded grants listed by district include:
Basingstoke and Deane
• Buckskin and Worting Community Association - £5,000 towards heating, replacement flooring and general refurbishment of the Ridgeway Community Centre, including the refurbishment of the toilets and redecoration of the youth room to make it more multi-purpose.
• Silchester Village Hall - £25,000 towards replacing the leaking roof and installing felting and insulation.
• Alton Community Association - £25,000 towards the refurbishment and improvement of the community centre’s main entrance, foyer, disabled toilets, garden room, kitchenette and member’s lounge.
• Gilbert White and the Oates Collections - £3,000 to support a weekend festival designed to inspire greater involvement in nature and conservation activities through talks, guided tours, arts, crafts and games.
• Spirit of Music Festival - £1,020 to support the 2017 festival taking place over two weekends in April and May in Petersfield and Liss, including live performances and workshops.
• Whitehill Village Hall - £9,990 towards resurfacing the car park and overflow car park, which have degraded over recent years.
• Elson Junior School - £2,120 for an ecology project involving pupils, parents and local residents to create a new community display and garden, planted with pollinator plants and recycled materials on the school grounds.
• Gosport Community Safety Partnership - £3,000 to support activity sessions for young people in the summer holidays.
• Loud and Proud - £2,390 to deliver intergenerational sessions for older people in residential homes and support the costs of volunteering at civic and community events.
• Motiv8 - £2,990 to run weekly sessions in art, drama and music to help young people discuss and explore sensitive issues and promote their emotional wellbeing.
• The Urban Vocal Group - £3,000 to support its Havant group for young people which provides vocal training and experience of the music industry through performances, professional recording and the opportunity to work towards an Arts Award.
• Waterlooville Events Team - £1,480 to create a monthly pop-up cinema experience in local venues.
• Lymington Community Association - £21,990 to install double glazed windows at the Robert Hole Complex, Lymington Community Centre.
• Youth and Families Matter - £2,750 to support weekly Community Breakfast and Coffee Morning sessions for vulnerable families and socially isolated members of the community. Sessions will also include support in parenting skills, budgeting, cookery and nutrition with an aim of improving mental and physical wellbeing.
• Abbotswood Community Association - £10,000 towards equipment and fittings for a new community centre currently under construction.
• Age UK Mid Hampshire - £3,000 to establish a weekly Wellbeing Lunch Club in Andover, providing hot meals, organised activities including weekly fitness sessions and access to advice.
• Bassline Circus - £3,000 to engage new audiences through theatre, music and costume making workshops.
• Colden Common Community Association - £9,700 towards improving the Colden Common Community Centre’s electricity, heating and overall efficiency.
• Integr8 Movement - £3,000 to support affordable weekly classes in various styles of dance targeted at young people from disadvantaged communities with a lack of access to dance provision.
• South Wonston Village Hall - £2,980 to repair the roof, and to prevent damage and deterioration of the building which otherwise may require more significant remedial works.
• Southwick and Widley D-Day Memorial Hall - £13,520 to replace wooden windows and doors, including fire doors as well as the installation of double glazing to improve insulation and reduce utility bills.
• Waltham Chase Village Hall Committee - £6,500 towards the replacement of two old gas heaters with more modern and efficient units as well as replacing fluorescent strip lights with LED lights.
• Winchester Chamber Music Festival - £2,500 to support a four day festival in April 2017, in celebration of its tenth anniversary. The festival will include a series of concerts and music workshops.
• Blue Apple Theatre Company - £3,000 to work with people with learning disabilities to increase learning, confidence and being active.
• Golden Oldies - £2,220 to expand free monthly singing sessions for older people to help reduce loneliness and boost overall wellbeing in Ringwood and Romsey.
• Joyful Jams - £3,000 to run a pilot programme of sessions of clowning within selected Hampshire County Council care homes to engage residents with dementia, improving their mental and emotional wellbeing and reducing isolation.
• Kala the Arts - £2,910 for a production of South Asian dance involving local communities and schools. A choreographed piece will be delivered through workshops and performed at cultural and outdoor locations.
• Nuffield Theatre - £3,000 to expand their youth theatre offer at additional venues including The Ashcroft Arts Centre (Fareham), The Forest Arts Centre (New Milton) and the West End Centre (Aldershot).
• The Conservation Volunteers - £1,900 to deliver 35 community-based conservation sessions focussed on improving local green spaces as well as reducing isolation and improving wellbeing amongst volunteers.
• The Rude Mechanical Theatre Company - £1,000 towards a tour of their latest work, increasing access to high quality arts in rural communities including Ropley; Conford; Hook; Hambledon; Selborne; Droxford and Sheet.
• Y Services for Young People - £2,600 to support the delivery of 50 two-hour outdoor play sessions for 0-12 year olds and their families across Fareham and Gosport with a focus on supporting families with multiple and complex needs.