Applications sought for community grants of £500

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GRANTS of up to £500 are being awarded to community groups voted for by residents.

The Approved by You initiative, funded by Hampshire County Council, is heading to Petersfield and Horndean next month.

Local voluntary organisations and community groups have until Wednesday, June 25, to get their bids in for grants that will be awarded by the public at a series of votes.

An audience of members of the public, voluntary groups and councillors will get a chance to find out more about the groups applying for grants in a market-style event.

Then visitors will hear a short presentation from each applicant, before scoring each of them to decide who should receive funding.

The aim is to attract those groups which may not normally apply for funding by offering a very simple application process and to put the decision making into the hands of local people.

The Petersfield vote takes place at Penns Place on July 1 at 6pm. The Horndean event is July 8 at Merchistoun Hall, at 6pm.

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