King’s Somborne Village Hall Management Committee has been awarded a Councillor Community Grant worth £750 by Test Valley Borough Council, to help fund their constitutional change to become a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO).
Presenting the award, King’s Somborne and Michelmersh Ward Councillor, Tony Ward, said: “Becoming a Charitable Incorporated Organisation will enable more efficient management of King’s Somborne Village Hall, which is a well-used and vital asset to the local community.”
John Vanderpump, Chairman of the Village Hall Management Committee, commented: “Put simply, this constitutional change will further the King’s Somborne Village Hall’s funds, helping the committee to maintain services and facilities in the coming years. It will allow us to fully co-operate with the parish council and to enter into community projects. Additionally, we will be able to enter into contracts in our own name.”
Administered by the Charity Commission, CIOs provide charities with the benefits currently available to companies, without being regulated by both the Charity Commission and Companies House.
Test Valley Borough Council’s Councillor Community Grant Scheme helps to fund community-led initiatives. Local councillors allocate funds to projects that they identify as meeting a need in the community based on feedback and ideas from residents.