Granted to You 2016 - 17
On Monday 7 November 2016 Chandler’s Ford Parish Council hosted another ‘Granted to You’ evening where £5,000 had been put aside by the council for local charities/not-for-profit groups. At this event the public decided who was to get the money, not the Parish Council.
Applicant groups were:
Chandler’s Ford Boys Brigade Band (£500 for training), Chandler’s Ford First Responders (£630 for replacement defibrillator pads), Merdon Junior School (£800 for community woodland science learning resources), Parkview Playgroup (£1,000 for educational play equipment), St Swithin Wells PTA (£310 to help support the school gardening club), Velmore Community Centre (£525 for a pilot dementia and carer friendly weekly café and activity session) and Wessex Cancer Trust (£440 for volunteer training to open their Chandler’s Ford centre an extra 2 days a week).
Opening the evening the Parish Council Chairman, Cllr Margaret Atkinson, informed the applicants and other attendees that as the budget had not been fully or over-subscribed all the applicants would get their requested funding. This was to help create a more relaxed evening. However, it was requested they still do a brief presentation to let others know what they were wanting to do and what their organisations did in the community.
After presentations that were informative and demonstrated different ways the community was supporting itself through voluntary activities, Cllr Atkinson mentioned that only £4,205 of the available budget had been requested through the applications and therefore she proposed that the residual £795 be split equally amongst the applicants to top-up their grant requests. This was seconded and on a show of hands of all present agreed.
Bringing the evening to a close Cllr Atkinson thanked everyone for attending and hoped the Parish Council would be able to undertake another community led grants evening in 2017.
Speaking afterwards Cllr Atkinson said ‘We are very fortunate in Chandler’s Ford to have so many volunteers who are willing to give their time and expertise to local good causes and the Parish Council is delighted to have been able to make these grants to help them with their work.’