Test Valley's community centres urged to apply for financial help

Test Valley's community centres urged to apply for financial help

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 11:40am 16th April 2020.

2 minute read

The Borough Council's encouraging each centre to come forward for £10,000 of support from the Government.

There are a total of 90 centres across the Test Valley that are eligible for help, with the authority writing to all of them to let them know.

Community centres are now included in the same Government support scheme as businesses affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

The venues has suffered huge drops in bookings, with overheads like energy bills and caretaking still needing to be paid.

Wellow Village Hall
Village halls like the one in Wellow could stand to get some Covid-19 support

Test Valley Borough Council has said the £10,000 grant 'will provide a lifeline' for community centres that have found it tough.
 
Leader of TVBC, Councillor Phil North, said: 

"I am really pleased that the government has confirmed that community centres will also be eligible for the business support grants. 
 
"These halls are integral to their local communities and play a vital role in bringing residents and groups together. Sadly they currently sit empty but these grants should see them through to the time when the restrictions are lifted and they are able to reopen once again. 
 
"Our teams are working hard to get the business support grants out as quickly as possible. To date, we have processed and paid 1,329 grants to the value of £16.35 million. I would encourage all those eligible to apply for the funding."

Advice from Test Valley Borough Council on the business grants available can be found on the authority's website.

There's also been millions of pounds of support paid to businesses from Wiltshire Council and New Forest District Council too.  

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