Funding scheme open to all groups

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COMMUNITY groups in Portsmouth are being urged to get involved in a scheme that could see them get money for their projects.

Arise – the Alliance to Reward Initiatives and Social Enterprise – is designed to provide up to £1,000 for any local community group, organisation or individual.

The initiative is a collaboration between Land Securities, which owns the Gunwharf Quays retail complex, Wightlink, and Vail Williams commercial property agents.

Gunwharf Quays Centre Manager Séan Sweeney MBE, who chairs the Arise board, said: ‘Our aim is to provide a means of funding for initiatives that will go some way towards improving the quality of life for people living in Portsmouth.’

All requests for funding will be considered by an independent awards selection committee comprising of Nickii Humphreys, licensing manager at Portsmouth City Council, Cath Longhurst, chief executive of the Portsmouth and South East Hampshire Education Business Partnership and Paula Riches, former Lord Mayor of Portsmouth.

The committee will meet on a quarterly basis.

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