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Breckland Community Funding Applications (Standing Item)

Meeting: 09/09/2014 - Cabinet (Item 74)

74 Breckland Community Funding Applications (Standing Item) (Agenda item 7) pdf icon PDF 82 KB

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

 

To consider the grants put forward from the Share Point on-line grant process.

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Minutes:

The Vice-Chairman and Executive Member for Community & Environmental Services summarised the funding recommendations that had been made for both Match Funding and Pride Funding grants since the last meeting.

 

She emphasised the benefits that these three grants would bring to the applicants.  All had met the Council’s corporate objectives and all could generate a vast amount of match funding particularly in relation to the Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse.   The smaller grant for Mundford Bowls Club would strengthen the community.

 

Members’ attention was drawn to the various grants that had been awarded to other organisations for various activities (see section 1.21 of the report) as well as the applications that had been rejected which included the very first submission from Mundford Bowls Club (see section 1.22 of the report).

 

There were a further 19 applications in the pipeline all of which were taking the opportunity to enhance their own communities. 

 

The Executive Member for Assets & Strategic Development declared an interest as a Member of the Area Museums Committee and as a Member of the Friends of Gressenhall.  He said that he had reminded Dr Robin Hanley, the manager of Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse about these grant schemes and had pointed him in the right direction.  Gressenhall Museum was the second largest attraction in Norfolk and this project would enhance the display in main building and Gressenhall, in his opinion, would become a national leading light in terms of museums.

 

Councillor Duigan, an Executive Support Member stated that Breckland Council could take a great deal of credit for the success of the Museum as it was the first project that Breckland outsourced.  He felt that Gressenhall would become a Museum of national importance and was glad to support the recommendation.

 

Councillor Borrett thanked the Cabinet for giving this money to Gressenhall.  He felt that the Museum was a beacon in Norfolk and there was nothing else quite like it and it showed that Breckland Council had faith in what museums were trying to do.  This grant was a very important gesture and set the tone for other funding bodies and he felt that it was a very efficient use of the Council’s money.

 

The Chairman said that it was also an indication that the Council supported tourism and other elements of business in the Breckland District.

 

Councillor Joel mentioned the grant awarded to Old Buckenham Church Rooms.  He said that the cinema, which had now opened, would totally enhance the village.

 

Options

 

  1. Fully fund one, two or all of the funding applications as set out in the report.
  2. Part fund one, two or all of the funding applications as set out in the report; or
  3. Do nothing.

 

Reasons

 

  1. All three applications met Breckland Council’s corporate objectives.
  2. Two of the projects will increase tourism, boost the local economy and create civic pride.
  3. One of the projects will enhance a local community facility.

 

RESOLVED that:

 

1)     the Pride Funding application of £19,974 towards a programme of WW1 Commemorative Season in Breckland for Creative Arts East be  ...  view the full minutes text for item 74