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More cash for community groups

9 September 2019



Community groups in Gosport can apply to a new source of grants from next week.

 

A new fund, from Gosport Borough Council, will be giving grants of £1,500 to £50,000 to projects and good causes in the area.

 

Called the CIL Neighbourhood Fund, its goal is to provide cash for improvements to community, sports and leisure facilities, including facilities for cycling, walking and people with disabilities.

 

Its money comes from the community infrastructure levy (CIL) – a contribution developers must pay when they build shopping centres or housing.

 

The new fund is available alongside the Gosport Community Fund, which gives grants of £50 to £1,500. Its money comes from the Gosport Community Lottery, launched last year. In its first round of grants, it gave about £6,360 to local groups.

 

Cllr Mark Hook, Leader of the Council, said: "Gosport is fortunate to have a lot of local groups and projects, with people working really hard for the community. This new fund will help many of them achieve their goals, for the benefit of the borough. Now's the time to get your applications in."

 

Gosport Voluntary Action is handling applications to both funds. The next application round is open from 16 September to 31 October.

 

Ian Reeves, chair of GVA, said: “We're looking forward to receiving applications from community groups in Gosport to take advantage of this great opportunity to gain funding for major projects and to benefit directly from the developments in the borough.”

 

For more information on the funds and how to apply, residents can: