Community groups supported to safely restart face-to-face activity

Hart District Council has so far awarded £2,340 in grants to eight local community groups under a grant scheme set up to support face-to-face community activity restarting safely.

The scheme enables voluntary and community groups to apply for grants of up to £300 each to meet additional costs incurred due to social distancing and other safety requirements. 

Two groups which have already benefited from grants are Mustard Seed Autism Trust and LivingStones Christian Centre in Fleet.

Mustard Seed Autism Trust was allocated a grant to provide items such as gloves, masks and cleaning equipment to support its face-to-face work with autistic children and their families.

LivingStones Christian Centre was awarded funds to help it welcome people back into its community rooms for various social and wellbeing activities. The Centre will use the grant to purchase items such as new easy-to-clean chairs and artist easels to allow for socially distanced painting.

Stuart Bailey, Cabinet Member for Community said:

“We are delighted to be able to offer financial assistance to local voluntary and community groups which are providing valuable opportunities for people to reconnect with each other and support in the community. I would encourage any voluntary groups which are running activities or services for Hart residents and which may be eligible for a grant to get in touch to see what financial assistance may be available.”

Further information on the eligibility criteria and how to apply for the grants is available on our website.

Groups can also find guidance on managing the additional risk due to Coronavirus on the Hart Voluntary Action website.

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