Decision details

Community Match Funding

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes

Purpose:

To consider the decision to offer a new Community Match Funding

Decision:

1.     That approval be granted for a new Community Match Funding programme of £100,000 per year from council reserves, with a maximum grant of £5,000 per applicant, per year.

2.     That the proposed Community Match Funding programme be administered by the Norfolk Community Foundation (NCF).

3.     That determination of the funding criteria be delegated to the Executive Director of Place in consultation with the Executive Member for Community, Leisure and Culture.

Reasons for the decision:

1.     To continue to offer a Community Match Funding programme that facilitates and empowers the community to address locally identified need.

2.     The NCF are experts in grant management and administration and would provide a better service to the community, and better value for money through their ability to signpost groups to a wider number of available grant schemes.

3.     The decision would allow current council resources to be better focussed on more proactive and preventative work with local communities and partner agencies, in particular around the health and social care agenda, rather than administration of the grants scheme.

Alternative options considered:

1.     Approve the recommended Community Match Funding programme outlined in the above proposal and commission the NCF to manage and administrate the scheme on behalf of the Council.

2.     Approve the recommended Community Match Funding programme outlined in the above proposal and recruit a 0.5 Communities Officer resource to manage and administrate the scheme internally at a cost of £19,618 per year for a 0.5 Grade 8 post.

3.     Do nothing (discontinue the Community Match Funding Programme)

Report author: Stefan Clifford

Publication date: 14/10/2019

Date of decision: 14/10/2019

Decided at meeting: 14/10/2019 - Cabinet

Effective from: 22/10/2019

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