Test Valley Organisations to Benefit From Hampshire County Council FundingTest Valley village halls, arts and heritage projects and the Nepalese community are set to benefit from the latest round of funding from Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Culture, Recreation and Countryside.

At his Decision Day meeting (11 July), Councillor Andrew Gibson approved grants collectively worth more than £240,000 for 21 community organisations and village halls across the county.

Councillor Gibson said: “We’re delighted to support village halls and community organisations, which are valuable assets and provide an activity hub that brings together local people of all ages. The County Council’s capital funding will help village halls reduce their capital costs and attract more business, whilst our community grants support important local activities.”

Details of the Community Buildings Capital Fund grants include:

£25,000 for Chilworth Village Hall Management Committee towards a new accessible entrance, refurbishment of toilets, improvements to heating and electrics and replacement of the roof. Work is expected to take place between August and December 2016. The village hall has committed £20,000 of its own funds to the project. It has also secured £25,000 from Test Valley Borough Council and £20,000 from Chilworth Parish Council and £1,000 from donations. 3,000 Hampshire residents are expected to benefit.

£25,000 for Longparish Village Hall to fund an extension for improved storage, replacing the existing shipping container, and making improvements to the car park. The organisation hopes to carry out this work between August and November 2016. The village has committed £13,500 of its own funds to the project, and secured £25,000 from Test Valley Borough Council. 700 Hampshire residents are expected to benefit.

Details of the Culture and Community Activity Grants include:

£1,000 for the Andover Nepalese Community to support community events to celebrate and share the Nepali culture. Funding will also support trips for older Nepali people who cannot afford to attend. The organisation is contributing £550 of its own funds to the project. 140 Hampshire residents are expected to benefit from the project.

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£2,000 for Test Valley Arts Foundation towards a series of arts events from September to November at various venues including the Romsey Show and the Festival of Motoring in Andover. Funding will be used to cover the artists’ fees and the cost of holding a gala event at The Lights. The organisation has committed £750 of its own funds and secured £250 Arts Council England funding.

£2,910 for Test Valley Community Services to support a community heritage project, researching local history, collecting community members’ stories, engaging with community groups through drama workshops and delivering a professionally developed play which will be performed in Romsey market place. The project will run between August and December 2016. The organisation has committed £1,000 of its own funds and secured £630 in-kind support (venue costs).

The County Council’s Community Buildings Capital Fund can award grants of up to £25,000 while grants over £1,000 and up to £3,000 can be applied for from the Council’s Culture and Community Activity Grants.

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