Extra cash for community groups after council grant

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Have your say

PEOPLE in Gosport can choose which good causes receive a funding boost thanks to a cash grant from Hampshire County Council.

The council has given £12,500 to the Gosport Community Safety Partnership, which runs an event called YouDecide in the town.

As part of YouDecide, community groups can apply for a slice of cash to help run events or start new projects.

The bids are then put before a public vote where people can choose the projects they think deserve the money.

Sam Mitchell, from the Gosport Community Safety Partnership, said: ‘Feedback from the previous events has been overwhelmingly positive, both from local people voting and projects bidding.

‘Since 2010, Gosport residents have voted for 32 projects to be funded through the scheme, awarding £64,000 to worthy projects.’

Councillor Keith Mans, the county councillor in charge of communities, approved the £12,500 fund as part of the county council’s Have Your Say scheme.