Public invited to decide on Gosport cash grants

MONEY Gosport Street Pastors are bidding for cash. Inset, the council's Sam Mitchell
MONEY Gosport Street Pastors are bidding for cash. Inset, the council's Sam Mitchell
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PEOPLE are being asked to help spend £10,000 from Gosport Community Safety Partnership coffers on community projects.

It has put the money up for grabs as part of a project called YouDecide.

Sam Mitchell

Sam Mitchell

Individuals and groups were asked to put forward their ideas on how to make the town a better place and bid for a slice of the funds.

The council has so far received requests for more than £34,000 in the form of 16 bids.

And it will be down to people who live in the town to decide which bidders get the funding they have asked for.

Sam Mitchell, the council’s community engagement and projects officer, said: ‘By involving the public in the decision making, it ensures we’re sending our resources where it is needed most.

‘It’s a good way of encouraging people to come up with solutions to problems in their area. It’s not just organisations that apply, it’s individuals with ideas.’

The various projects have to demonstrate how they will make the town a safer and better place to live.

The bidders will then make their case in front of members of the public at Gosport’s Town Hall on May 19.

Anyone who lives in Gosport can attend the decision day and is invited to score each bid from one to 10 after watching a three-minute presentation on each project.

There are expected to be more entrants by the decision day.

Among those to bid for cash are the Gosport Street Pastors which wants £2,600 to help with its night-time presence in the town.

There are also thousands of pounds of bids from youth groups and music projects.

Miss Mitchell added: ‘It is actually emotional seeing all the bids.

‘It’s moving that people are trying to come up with ways to make their area better.

‘For such a small amount of money it can make quite a big difference.’

To take part in the decision day, visit safergosport.co.uk or call (023) 9254 5232.

FUNDING BIDS

· Gosport Street Pastors want £2,600 to help provide a presence on the streets every week.

· The Power to Change Programme wants £4,469 for a venue and funding to run three 14-week programmes to combat domestic abuse.

· The Saturday Shift wants £3,800 to start a group for fathers and male carers in the Grange area of Gosport to help with parenting skills.

· Loud and Proud wants £4,130 to run a group for 16 to 25-year-olds to promote volunteering

· Rowner Music Night wants £1,500 for a free music project for young people in Rowner

· Gosport and Lee-on-the-Solent Litteraction wants £995 to purchase litterpicking equipment

· The Two Saints Accommodation Resource Centre wants £900 to buy hot food vouchers and travel subsidies to homeless young people

· Summer Family Fun and Games Day wants £600 to host a fun day in the summer at Alver Park.

· Gosport Borough Ladies Football Club wants £2,000 to start a new reserves team.

· Transformer Drug and Alcohol Support Service wants £1,170 to cover costs of hiring a venue.

· A group wants £1,762 to design, plan and install a remembrance garden at the Submarine Museum.

· Time 4 Me wants £2,340 for free mental health sessions for 11 to 16-year-olds during the holidays

· Dance Motiv8ation Break Out wants £4,049 to spend on 12 young people who have got involved in anti-social behaviour

· Breakthrough Youth Group wants £750 to start up a new youth group at the Alverstoke Parish Centre.

· Youth Choices want £2,941 to run a 12-week training programme for teenagers who aren’t in work or education to improve their behaviour.

· Forton Footy Project wants £1,000 to run sports-related coaching courses for young people.