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£27,673 awarded to Gosport groups from the CIL Neighbourhood Fund

24/02/2021

Four community groups in Gosport, including two new volunteer-run libraries, are celebrating being awarded grants worth thousands of pounds.

A total of £27,673 has been distributed from Gosport Borough Council’s CIL Neighbourhood Fund. This consists of money from the community infrastructure levy (CIL) – a contribution developers must pay when they build shopping centres, housing or offices.

Every year, groups can apply to GVA for grants for improvements to community, sports and leisure facilities, including facilities for cycling, walking and people with disabilities.

This year the funds have been awarded as follows:

  • £7,850 for Elson’s new community library, to help cover start-up costs such as broadband and other utilities, CCTV, Covid-secure measures, facilities for the refreshments area and cleaning equipment. As well as taking over the library from Hampshire County Council, the group aims to provide a venue for local people. Local campaigner Jan Almond said: “Incorporating a hub into the library will open an enormous opportunity for the community.”
  • £5,095 for the Lee Hub, which is taking over Lee-on-the-Solent library. It will be used for  equipment to create a café area and meeting room, including tables and chairs, a servery counter, tea and coffee making machines, an urn, flasks, crockery, cutlery, Covid-secure hygiene materials, a dishwasher and a commercial fridge. Trustee secretary Paul Twine said: “The grant funding will enable the trustees to purchase vital equipment to support accessibility and establish the community café and meeting room.”
  • £7,120 for the Henry Cook Centre, to improve access for people with disabilities, including a ramp. Trustees Phil and Dee Chester said: “We are delighted. The funding will enable works to go ahead which will give better access, front and rear, to wheelchair users and those with walking disabilities.”
  • £7,608 to Marvels and Meltdowns, which helps families with children affected by attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autistic spectrum conditions and sensory processing disorder. It will be used for new double-glazed lockable windows, which will improve safety and dampen sound. Founder Shandrika Day said: “We’re really excited to have received this funding towards the windows for our new building, making it much more energy-efficient. And as part of our big refurbishment, they will give the building a great new look.”

Cllr Mark Hook, Leader of the Council, said: “Gosport’s charities, voluntary groups and clubs do such a fantastic job for the people of the borough. This fund is a great way of helping them achieve their goals.

GVA chair Ian Reeves said: “It’s great that through this fund, local groups can find a way of making the improvements they need so they can continue to serve the community.”

Applications for the next round of grants will open in October.

The CIL fund is available alongside the Gosport Community Fund, which receives money from the Gosport Community Lottery. GVA handles applications to both funds.

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

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