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Funding for Community Organisations in Test Valley

Volunteer - Unity Test Valley Community Services
Volunteering: Test Valley Community Services

Test Valley Borough Council provides over £1.5m to community organisations and projects through a number of funding schemes which improve the quality of life for residents.

A significant proportion of this funding aids the delivery of important core services that support some of the more vulnerable members of our community.

The current three-year funding programme comes to an end in March 2018 and a report proposing the support for the next three year period was discussed at Cabinet on February 14.

The report recommends funding for 14 organisations in total and in all cases a small increase is proposed to help meet the increasing costs of providing their services. They also represent a broad section of the Council’s work in a number of different areas.

Community and Leisure Portfolio Holder, Councillor Tony Ward said “The reason we have a three-year programme of funding means that these important services get a commitment from us and a degree of financial security which allows them to plan for the future. We must also ensure that our funding is targeted to where it most needed and can be used most effectively.

One of our corporate priorities is “Contribute to and be part of a strong community” promoting the important role that the voluntary sector plays in the everyday life of the Borough.

The 14 organisations applying for grant funding are:

  • Citizens Advice Test Valley
  • Unity (formerly Test Valley Community Services)
  • Unity Community Transport
  • Unity Shopmobility
  • Youth in Romsey
  • King John’s House
  • Andover Mind
  • Relate Solent
  • Age UK Andover
  • Alamein Community Association
  • Tourism South East
  • Hampshire and IoW Wildlife Trust
  • Andover Crisis and Support Centre
  • Two Saints Housing Association

Of the three organisations that were not invited to reapply, they have been supported in exploring other revenue schemes.