Community groups can apply for funding to improve area

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THOUSANDS of pounds in funding is available for community and youth groups.

Fareham Borough Council has received £20,000 as part of its Youth and Community Roots scheme which gives money to group wanting to improve the area for residents.

With the money, the council is hoping organisations will provide activities for young people outside of school including making the most of their natural environment as well as starting projects to reduce loneliness and isolation in older people.

But they also want the schemes to help family budgets stretch a little bit further, helping them learn new skills when it comes to budgeting.

Finally, they are encouraging projects which will improve an area for the wider community.

Groups can apply for the funding until October 31 before a shortlist is drawn up.

The shortlisted candidates will then make a video outlining their idea.

Once the videos are made, the public will be able to vote for the projects they feel would benefit their community most.

They can vote online, between November 14 and November 28, or by visiting Asda in Newgate Lane.

For more information on the application or to download an application form visit

Or call Jo Complin, project officer on 01329 824 441 or e-mail