Grants are up for grabs for projects in the community

PROJECT The Lord Mayor and volunteers at the Paulsgrove adventure playground community vegetable patch funded by �500 Love Your Street grant  Picture: Chloe Ellis
PROJECT The Lord Mayor and volunteers at the Paulsgrove adventure playground community vegetable patch funded by �500 Love Your Street grant Picture: Chloe Ellis

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ANYONE wanting to claim up to £500 in Love Your Street grants better get in quick as applications close at the end of the month.

Portsmouth Together has invited applications from volunteer-led groups within the Portsmouth City Council area.

Some of the projects the Love Your Street grants have supported include a communal mural and a vegetable patch at Paulsgrove adventure playground to teach youngsters about healthy living, growing and 
cooking.

Love Your Street project co-ordinator Sarah Baker said: ‘It has been great to see the impact of Love Your Street grants so far in communities across Portsmouth.

‘The volunteers on each project have been outstanding with huge enthusiasm to make positive change.

‘If you would like to make a change in your area then get in touch.’

Groups applying can be long-standing, newly established or in the process of forming, and are not required to have charity status.

The grants are possible thanks to £20,000 sponsorship from The Southern Co-operative.

Southern Co-operative community engagement manager Jessica Hughes said: ‘The Southern Co-operative has always had a purpose beyond profit.

‘We believe in supporting the community and environment, encouraging people to work together to achieve common goals and in turn help others.

‘Love Your Street is a great initiative that embodies all of this.’

The grants can support projects which seek to improve the look and feel of a neighbourhood, make the best use of green spaces, increase community involvement or address social isolation and loneliness in the area.

Priority will be given to schemes that can show how their project will have a positive impact the community.

Anyone that has a good idea that would benefit the community where they live, or address a local concern can get in touch with Ms Baker by calling (023) 9243 7601 or e-mail Sarah.baker@portsmouthcc.gov.uk.