Agenda item

Grant Panel and Funding Recommendations (Agenda item 13)

Report of the Executive Member for the Communities and Benefits Portfolio (Teresa Hewett).

Minutes:

At the Cabinet meeting held on 4th August 2009 it had been agreed that a more strategic approach be taken to grant funding across all Council departments, including the administration of the Green Grants Scheme, the creation of a Pride in Breckland Grants Scheme, the establishment of a Grant Funding Panel and the introduction of competitive bidding rounds for all grant funding.

 

The first Grant Funding Panel meeting had been held on 27 August 2009.

 

The Community and Customer Services Manager presented the report and summarised the funding decisions that had been made by the Panel.

 

Two applications for Match Funding had been submitted to the Council prior to the first Grant Funding Panel.  Old Buckenham Village Hall Committee had requested £10,000 from the Capital Match Funding pot to extend and refurbish the Village Hall kitchen area.  The total cost of the project was £34,979.

 

NEET Tricks had requested £20,000 for the Kick-Start project from Revenue Match Funding to run a project aimed at providing direct employment opportunities for up to 40 young people.

 

Both recommendations would be subject to the criteria listed on the Proforma Bs as appended to the report.

 

Adrian Joel, the Ward Member for Old Buckenham advised that the Village Hall was regularly used by all age groups and the kitchen refurbishment was key to many of the organisations who used it particularly the luncheon club.

 

He pointed out that the Hall was a lifeline to many senior citizens in the village, particularly to the ones that did not have any transport.  He mentioned the various society events that were held in the Hall and the amount of organisations that had to be turned away due to the lack of kitchen facilities.

 

Breckland Council’s Food Safety Team had been involved in the project right from the start regarding the kitchen refurbishment.

 

It was announced that the Match Funding grants had now been received from the Big Lottery and Norfolk Community Foundation.  A third of the total cost would be provided by the Parish Council.

 

Mr Bartlett, the Vice-Chairman of the Village Hall Management Committee, was in attendance.  He reported that 89% of parishioners had agreed that the kitchen should be refurbished.

 

The Cabinet was informed that the Village Hall Committee had also approached Norfolk County Council to resurface the car park but to no avail. 

 

The Grant Funding Panel had also recommended that for the remainder of the financial year 2009/10, the arts allocation for Gifted & Talented funding of £5,000 be utilised to provide an Access Arts fund that offered financial support of up to £500 for an extensive and/or enrichment of art activities that an individual or group already took part in.

 

Members were informed of the grants awarded under the Pride in Breckland and Gifted & Talented Grant schemes.

 

The Executive Member for Communities and Benefits whole heartedly supported the recommendations and was absolutely delighted that she was now responsible of such a worthy portfolio.   She asked Members to support all three recommendations.

 

Option 1

 

1)           To approve individual match funding applications for the full amount requested. 

2)           To award individual match funding applications a lesser amount

3)           To reject individual match funding applications. 

Option 2

1)           To approve change from Gifted & Talented Arts to Access Arts Fund for 2009/10

2)           To reject change from Gifted & Talented Arts to Access Arts Fund for 2009/10 and continue with Gifted and Talented process.

 

Reasons

 

See report.

 

Old Buckenham Village Hall

 

RESOLVED that the Capital Match Funding application of £10,000 to refurbish Old Buckenham Village Hall be approved, subject to:

 

1)           a maximum sum of £10,000 or 29% of the cost of the project whichever is the lower;

 

2)           confirmation of the total cost of the project; and

 

3)           the balance of all other funding being confirmed.

 

NEET Trick Project

 

RESOLVED that the Capital Match Funding sum of £20,000 towards the NEET Trick project be approved, subject to:

 

1)           a maximum of £20,000, or 21.6% of the cost of the project whichever is the lower;

 

2)           confirmation of the total cost of the project; and

 

3)           the balance of all other funding being confirmed.

 

Gifted and Talented Arts Fund

 

RESOLVED that the proposed changes to the Gifted and Talented Arts fund be endorsed.

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