Winchester City Council - Project Grants ‘hit the spot’ in times of need

Ten local not-for-profit organisations are set to benefit from Active Community Project Grants from Winchester City Council. Groups set to benefit from cash awards this winter include Sparsholt Memorial Hall, Winnall Rock School and Winchester Action on Climate Change.

Winchester City Council launched its redesigned Project Grant Programme in July 2011. This scheme aims to provide 'one off' awards for community buildings and refurbishment projects, including accessibility adaptations. It also provides 'pump priming' money for projects led by community groups, designed to enhance the quality of life of people living in the Winchester District.

Competition for the 2011/2012 Programme was fierce, with many other traditional sources of funding coming to an end as a result of the national squeeze on public spending.

Among other recipients across the length and breadth of the Winchester District, the Council’s Project Grants have offered a lifeline to Sparsholt Memorial Hall, where there was a desperate need to replace the oil tank to comply with current health & safety regulations.  The Council is providing £1,627 for the works.

Stanmore Community Association was also among the groups receiving good news with their grant of £7000. They said,

We are delighted and grateful to receive this grant. It will mean a much-needed improvement to the Community Centre making it warmer, more secure and better-presented. The Centre is a valuable resource for Stanmore residents and we want to get a great deal more use out of it for the benefit of everyone. This grant will enable us to attract people to use the Centre and help to make it a hub of Stanmore, situated as we are, slightly out of view at the end of Somers Close, opposite the Wavell Way shops and next to the Carroll Centre.”

Cllr John Cooper, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Communities, Safety and Public Health, said:

This Council is committed to supporting the voluntary sector, which does such amazing work in the Winchester District. At a time when other councils are cutting grants budget, we have fought to retain all our grants programmes.  I am sure that these grants will be well used, and I look forward to seeing some of the projects when they are completed.”

The Council is planning to run the Project Grants Programme again in 2012/13, subject to final confirmation of the budget in March.  Because of the number of enquiries received already, the Council has already opened the Programme for applications with the closing date of 29th February 2012. However, no decisions will be made until after the Council’s budget meeting in March.

If you require further information on Winchester City Council grants programmes please contact Eloise Appleby, Assistant Director Commissioning on 01962 848 181 or email