Town Council presents first Community 'Big Pot' Grants for 2019.
£10,000 awards for the New Forest Disability Information Service and St Mark's Parish Church
Lymington & Pennington's Town Mayor Anne Corbridge has presented Community 'Big Pot' Grants to two very worthwhile local causes, the New Forest Disability Information Service and St Mark's Parish Church Council.
The Community ‘Big Pot’ Awards form part of a grant set up over the course of two financial years. A total of £100,000 has been allocated from monies received by the Town Council from the Buckland Farm development scheme. The Town Council has approved that in each of financial years 2018/19 and 2019/20, a ‘Big Pot’ of £50,000 per annum will be made available to large scale capital projects, normally unable to be funded from its annual grant aid scheme.
St Mark’s PCC and New Forest Disability Information Service have received £10,000 each as part of the 2018/2019 allocation.
Lymington & Pennington Town Council awarded a £10,000 grant to the New Forest Disability Information Service to expand their Head Office and make it more accessible. For all to access the premises, a lift is required, along with fire exits, porch, cabling and much more. The bigger premises will enable the recruitment of and training of new volunteers, provide new interview rooms to ensure more people can be helped and improve the confidentiality of telephone calls and appointments.
Mayor Anne Corbridge presented the cheque to Mrs Jacqui Keable of the New Forest Disability Information Service on Thursday 17 January 2019.
St Mark’s Parish Church Council will use their £10,000 grant to make the community hall more accessible for the older and disabled members of the local community. Development will include an entrance hall and also upgraded toilet facilities to include a disabled toilet. The community hall is used by many members of the community.
Mayor Anne Corbridge presented the cheque for St Mark's PCC to Rev Rachel Noel on Monday 21 January 2019.
The Mayor was accompanied by members of the Town Council’s Buckland Farm Access Fund Sub-Committee – the sub-committee responsible for deciding where funds would be well spent.
For the 2019/2020 financial year, Community ‘Big Pot’ Grant applications will be open again from 1 April 2019 - 31 May 2019 inclusive. Application forms, information on how to apply and contact details will be available on the Lymington & Pennington Town Council website during this time.