Projects in Test Valley to benefit from a share of Hampshire County Council’s Have Your Say grant have been announced.
More than 1,000 people across the borough voted to decide which projects would receive a slice of £17,000. The money was split between the north and south of Test Valley and residents were asked to vote for their top 5 project choices.
In the north of the borough the public voted for funding to be shared between:
- Breakers Community Project
- Augusta Park Community Association – Community Café
- Andover Trees United – Woodland for All
- The Princess Royal Trust for Carers in Hampshire – Carer Support
- Andover and District Mencap – Family Fun, Stay and Play
Councillor Ian Carr, Leader of Test Valley Borough Council and Chairman of Test Valley Partnership, which is the organisation responsible for allocating the funds locally, said: “This year a record number of people took the time to vote to decide which projects should receive funding. This is really positive and means that decisions were made by the local community for the benefit of the local community.”
“I would like to thank all those who took time to submit a bid for funding as well as everyone who took part in the public vote. This cash will provide a welcome boost to all those projects lucky enough to receive funding.”
Councillor Andrew Joy, Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Communities and Partnerships, said: “The core principles of the ‘Have Your Say’ scheme are to identify and respond to community needs by enabling residents to select and evaluate funding opportunities. It gives people a real voice in how money is spent in their local area and provides an opportunity for local grass roots community projects to be supported. ”
“Districts across Hampshire have already benefited from this scheme through grants awarded last year, and these latest awards will also really help to build and strengthen these local communities by drawing people together and giving ownership through the decision-making process.”