Wednesday, 27 July 2016 15:48

Grants available for rural communities

Written by  Ruralcity Media
Grants available for rural communities

GRANTS of up to £20,000 are being made available for small-scale projects in rural Hampshire.

Two schemes to specifically help rural areas are being run by Hampshire County Council: the Rural Retailers and Community Enterprises Grant, and the Community Challenge Fund.

There are grants of up to £20,000 available under the Rural Retailers and Community Enterprises Grant Scheme.

The scheme has been set up to provide financial support to help rural retailers grow, increase their productivity and provide new services, as well as encourage the development of both new and existing community enterprises which have a retail element.

Groups can also apply for grants of up to £5,000 under the Community Challenge Fund.

This aims to help improve community resilience and support volunteering in rural communities, support access to transport and take full advantage of mobile and broadband availability.

Under this scheme, larger grants are also available to support community-led flood alleviation schemes.

Hampshire rural affairs champion Edward Heron said: "There is some great work being done in Hampshire's rural communities by local retailers and groups making sure their businesses can thrive and their towns and villages remain accessible, vibrant, sustainable places to live."

"We've also invested in rural communities with a range of schemes to benefit residents.

"In recent years, we've been able to help with grants for initiatives such as free IT sessions, advice on how to reduce heat loss at home, establishing a community pub and improving drainage to help prevent future flooding.

"I'm pleased that Hampshire County Council's size and capacity allows for us to make funding available to enable us to support more worthwhile projects this year, across the county as a whole."

Communities interested in the grants should contact Jennie Pell (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Emily Preston (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) on 01962 846571.

Other Hampshire County Council grant schemes of interest to rural communities include: the Small Grants Scheme Countryside Access; the Community Buildings Fund and the Community Transport Grant and the Valuing Hampshire Communities Grant.


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