Agenda item

Match Funding Grant Panel Report Round 1 2012/13 (Agenda item 7)

Report of Lynda Turner, Executive Member for Localism, Community & Environmental Services.

Minutes:

The Executive Member for Localism, Community & Environmental Services presented the report and briefly outlined the decisions and recommendations made by the Grant Panel for Breckland Match Funding and other grant schemes within the Council.

 

The Executive Member for Internal Services thought that the Grant Panel was a very good example of how Breckland Council supported its communities.  He asked how the recipients qualified for such grants and how it was scored.  The Community Development Officer stated that each applicant had to score at least 36 to qualify.  She would send a copy of the criteria for Members’ information.

 

The Executive Member for Assets and Strategic Development felt that the Council was being very generous with its main Match Funding applications but asked Members not to ignore or dismiss the smaller ones awarded under the Activity, Arts and Gifted and Talented grant schemes, particularly the £500 that had been awarded to Beeston to assist with the development of its monthly lunch club.  He hoped that the monies awarded would enable the club to be sustainable going forward.

 

The Chairman felt that the report was a great example of Breckland Council’s commitment.

 

Options

Swanton Morley Parish Council

 

·                To approve the match funding for Swanton Morley Kitchen Refurbishment to the value of £9657

·                To approve a lesser amount of match funding towards Swanton Morley Kitchen Refurbishment

·                To decline the match funding application

 

East Harling Parish Council

 

·          To approve the match funding for East Harling Improved Play & Recreation to the value of £8121

·          To approve a lesser amount of match funding towards East Harling Improved Play & Recreation

·          To decline the match funding application

 

North Elmham Parish Council

 

·          To approve the match funding for North Elmham Village Green to the value of £20,000

·          To approve a lesser amount of match funding towards North Elmham Village Green

·          To decline the match funding application

 

Reasons

 

The Grant Panel had recommended approval for Swanton Morley Village Hall Kitchen Improvements based on the following reasons:

 

·                      Complied with Breckland Council Health & Safety inspection and food hygiene recommendation

·                      Improved facilities would accommodate the growing community and the developing community need for the increased usage of the facilities.

·                      To accommodate new projects such as a dedicated breakfast and lunch club

·                      The project met two of the Council’s objectives

·                      The project had good support from the community and   committed individuals.

 

The Grant Panel has recommended approval for East Harling Improved Play & Recreation based on the following reasons:

 

·                      The project met two of the Council’s objectives

·                      It demonstrated robust and in-depth consultation with the local community and therefore demonstrated a need for the equipment.

·                      Strong financial local support for the project

·                      Created improved physical and mental wellbeing for the children in Harling and surrounding parishes by installing a challenging and well catered play area.

 

The Grant Panel had recommended approval for North Elmham Village Green based on the following reasons:

 

·          The project met three of the Council’s objectives

·          The project had good support from the community

·          The Parish Council were contributing a considerable amount of funding towards the project

·          The response from the Parish Council following Grant Panel deferral was robust

 

RESOLVED that the following Match Funding applications be approved:

 

1)           Swanton Morley Parish Council - kitchen refurbishment for the Village Hall for the sum of £9,657.00, subject to:

 

(i)           a maximum of £9,657.00 or 30% whichever is the lower from the Capital match Funding Reserve; and

 

(ii)         the balance of all other funding being confirmed.

 

2)           East Harling Parish Council – improvement to recreation and play facilities for the sum of £8,121.00, subject to

 

(i)           a maximum of £8,121.00 from the Capital Match Funding Reserve or 30% whichever is the lower; and

 

(ii)         the balance of all other funding being confirmed.

 

3)           North Elmham Parish Council – purchase of North Elmham Village Green for the sum of £20,000.00, subject to:

 

(i)           a maximum of £20,000.00 from the Capital Match Funding Reserve or 23% whichever is the lower; and

 

(ii)         the balance of all other funding being confirmed.

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