Community grants of up to £1,000 are being distributed to a range of non-profit making organisations by Eastleigh Borough Council. Recipients include community groups, voluntary organisations, trusts, friendly societies, social enterprises and community interest companies.
Priority is given to groups whose aims reflect the Council’s priorities of promoting health, prosperity, the environment, and community development and involvement. They focus on groups that do more for less – for example projects that help the community to save money or make their money go further.
One of the latest groups to benefit from a Council grant are Itchen South District Scout Canoe Centre. The money will enable the centre to continue to make paddle sport activities available to young people, without a need to increase their fees due to loss of income and continuing fixed costs during the pandemic.
Any group applying for a grant needs to have a set of rules, a bank account in its own name (which requires at least two signatures on each cheque) and a set of accounts. The group will also need to have adequate insurance and ensure that appropriate checks are carried out on staff and volunteers if they work with vulnerable groups.
Another local group that have received the grant is EBS Counselling. Their grant will be used to assist in contributions towards volunteer costs, room hire to enable face-to-face counselling, (they specialise in bereavement counselling) and subsidising those that are unable to pay towards the room hire.
Grants can be used to purchase equipment of materials, to contribute towards running costs, funding specific projects and the development of the organisation. Councillor Tonia Craig, the Council’s Member for Social Policy said:
‘These grants are a great way for the Council to give back to the services that are crucial to the people in our community. We’re pleased that we’ve been able to continue supporting these groups throughout the pandemic and allow them to carry on their great work.’
Applications can be made here www.eastleigh.gov.uk/