Hampshire County Council has made a £330,000 cut in grant funding available to voluntary organisations from its children’s services department.
The freeze is part of £24.8m of savings across the department as a result of in-year reductions in government funding and anticipated further reductions in 2011/12.
So far in 2010/11, the council has allocated £1.4m in children’s services integrated grants and £254,000 through the Youth Opportunities Fund. It will honour its commitments to projects already funded, but there will be no further funding in grants or through the YOF for the remainder of the financial year.
David Kirk, executive lead member for children’s services, said: "Although there will not now be the opportunity for voluntary sector organisations to bid for further grant funding this year, the bulk of applications always fall in the early part of the financial year, and therefore the majority of priority funding has already been awarded this year."
Christine Pattison, policy and information officer at county-wide voluntary sector support body Community Action Hampshire, said voluntary and community organisations were expected to meet the council in the near future to discuss the impact of the cuts.
"We accept that in the real world there is a need for cuts," she said. "It’s best that we collaborate to achieve results together. We think that’s the way forward."