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Community organisations boosted with NFDC grants

New Forest District Council agrees £422,000 in community grants to local not-for-profit and voluntary groups.

At our recent Cabinet meeting (6 February) Councillors heard how the Community Grants Task and Finish Group assessed grant applications for 2019/2020 on their ability to contribute towards meeting the Council's corporate plan, and for the value for money being offered.  

Councillor Diane Andrews, Portfolio Holder for Community Affairs, said, "Each year, when we review the applications from the groups, clubs and organisations, I am heartened by just how wide-ranging and important the work carried out in our community is.  From arts groups who work with young people on mental health issues, a parenting support group, a disability information and advice service, sporting clubs, and a nature reserve, there really is a valuable community benefit being delivered."

The largest single revenue grant, of £229,500 will go to Citizens Advice New Forest who is an independent charity, giving free, confidential and independent advice on a wide range of issues including family issues, debt, benefits, employment, legal, housing, and consumer matters.   


Revenue grants awarded:

Forest Arts Centre £17,000

Forest Forge £20,000

CODA £3,000

The Handy Trust £4,000

Youth and Families Matter £5,000

Yellow Door £5,000

Compass Counselling £4,000

Families matter £5,000

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust £10,000

hArt £6,000

New Forest Centre £10,000

New Forest Disability Information Service £10,000

Community First New Forest - Healthy Walks £2,500

Community First New Forest - Volunteer Centre £30,000

Total for revenue grants £131,500


Capital grants awarded:

The Garage Youth Club £12,000

King George V Cricket Pitch £5,000

Fordingbridge Skate Park £25,000

Hale Village Hall £14,000

New Forest Disability Information Service £5,000

Total for capital grants £61,000 

Updated: 13 Feb 2019
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