Cash for countryside projects up for grabs

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THE county council is inviting bids for a share of £200,000 to help rural projects.

Hampshire County Council has recently awarded grants totalling more than £400,000 for rural projects in a bid to boost economic prosperity, encourage more people to visit the countryside and ensure that rural communities have the opportunity to thrive.

Previous grants have been awarded for anything from upgrading village halls, to teaching pensioners about IT or improving countryside access.

Councillor Ray Ellis, in charge of economic development and rural affairs said: ‘These projects are testing new and innovative ways to deliver rural services and helping communities develop and thrive.

‘The feedback from organisations working in rural communities has been very positive and future progress will depend on developing new ideas to support our rural communities.’

The community challenge fund is now open, more details are at