Maria said, ‘I urge Basingstoke’s community projects to see if they are eligible for the borough Councillors’ Community Grant Scheme. Our Borough Council already does so much to support the local community, and the latest scheme can provide a lifeline for many smaller projects, ensuring they have what they need to provide even more for local residents.'
Following this year’s launch of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council’s Councillor Community Grant Scheme, community groups and organisations can now apply for funding for small-scale items to support local groups and projects
Grants of between £250 and £1,000 are available to help groups and not for profit organisations purchase equipment which will make a difference to people’s lives and help bring communities together.
Funding is available for voluntary groups, charities, schools, faith groups and town and parish councils for projects which meet the scheme criteria.
- The scheme was launched last year in the borough and gives each ward councillor across Basingstoke and Deane a £2,000 pot to support community and voluntary group projects in their communities. The maximum grant that will be available for each project in a ward is £1,000 and applications must be submitted by the relevant councillors by Friday 27 January 2023.
- Funding is available for voluntary groups, charities, schools, faith groups and town and parish councils for projects which meet the scheme criteria.
- The grant funding is available for physical items that contribute to the key priorities set out in Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council’s Council Plan - strengthening communities, protecting and enhancing our environment, improving safety and planning for the future.
- This could include purchasing tools or equipment for a variety of group activities such as community groups, health and wellbeing activities, lunch clubs or play groups.
- Examples of last year’s projects include materials for a community garden in Tadley, defibrillators in various locations throughout the borough including sports clubs and schools, a parasol and bench for outdoor play at a play group in Overton and tents for a scout group in Brighton Hill.