Testway Transform - a charity set up by local Housing Association Testway - launched a Money Box Fund at their Headquarters in Andover.
"Testway is putting £25,000 into Transform this year, and Transform has plans to raise further funds themselves. This year's initiative is the Money Box Fund, set up to help community groups help the community."
Speaking at the launch, the Managing Director of Testway - Steve Benson - said that Testway was more than just a landlord; Testway wanted to help the community to become more self-sufficient and he hoped that local groups would apply for funds.
Paula Deverill, the Charity Co-ordinator, said that form filling would be kept to a minimum, and grants would be allocated three times a year. The first applications would need to be in by the end of September, for consideration in October. Priority will be given to groups who have been able to raise some of the funds they need themselves. Grants will be between £250 and £2500.
Sir George applauded the work Transform had already done, supporting Twice as Nice - a furniture recycling project - and Andover CAB. "Many small groups are deterred from applying for grants by the paperwork - I was delighted to hear that this will be kept simple."
The Mayor of Test Valley, Cllr Pam Mutton, was also present. She will launch the appeal in Romsey later in the day.
Many community groups have benefitted from the support of Transform and the Andover Young Carers Project has been saved from closure.
Transform, the charity arm of Testway Housing was launched in February 2005. The charity focuses on people and aims to promote strong communities through supporting various Test Valley groups and organisations.
Testway Housing has over 5000 properties in the Test Valley, providing social housing to some 15,000 people.