Agenda item

Breckland Community Funding Applications (Standing Item) (Agenda item 7)

Report of Lynda Turner, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Community and Environmental Services.

 

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

Minutes:

The Vice-Chairman and Executive Member for Community & Environmental Services presented the report and summarised the funding recommendations that had been made by both the Match Funding and Pride Funding Grant Panels between March and May 2014.  She also drew attention to the two recommendations to Cabinet on the allocation of Match Funding for two new funding applications. Both applications stood very strongly against the Corporate Plan.

 

Referring to the North Elmham application, the Executive Member for Assets & Strategic Development stated that the local communities had aspired to build a village hall and he fully supported the application and wished them all the best.

 

Councillor North was in attendance for the Attleborough Boxing Club application.  She said that the boxing club was an excellent facility that was open to all across the District.  The club itself opened 4 years ago and had a very good reputation.  It attracted Boxers from not just for Norfolk but from all over the country.  The application was for a fitness room extension which would be built alongside the existing building and she hoped that Cabinet would support it.

 

The Executive Member for Corporate Services and Quality Assurance said that he would certainly be voting for the Attleborough application.  He had had dealings with this club in some respect as the coach lived in his village. He felt that the club was very worthwhile as it taught youngsters discipline, self respect and self reliance and challenged youthful aggression.

 

The Executive Member for Communications, Organisation Performance, Development & Public Protection supported the applications as both had been well researched and informed.  He could foresee the good work and help these facilities would provide.  He drew attention to section 1.5 of the report where the smaller grants awarded had been listed and felt that the grants system should be further advertised as he knew that some groups would be unaware of the funding available.  He thanked the Executive Member for her support.

 

Mr Labouchere was in attendance and was allowed to speak in relation to the North Elmham application.  He had been delighted and very grateful to hear that Cabinet would be supporting these applications particularly in relation to North Elmham.  The three separate halls in the village currently provided meeting points for 54 working clubs and societies and the hope of one brand new village hall being built on village land would be a fabulous opportunity.

 

The Vice-Chairman pointed out that the Council had received new applications amounting to £30k and the Council had given out over £4.5k grant funding in support of the WW1 centenary celebrations.  She said that the remit for grant funding was far and wide and she encouraged all to use up her available pot of money.

 

The Executive Support Member for Planning, Building Control & Housing said that no grants would have been given if it was not for the support of the Ward Representatives who supported their communities.

 

The Executive Member for Corporate Services and Quality Assurance reminded Members that there were also other ways that the Council supported community groups and he mentioned the recent Garboldisham Post Office application.

 

Options

 

  1. Fully fund one or both of the funding applications as set out in the report.

 

  1. Part fund one or both of the funding applications as set out in the report.

 

  1. Do nothing.

 

Reasons

 

  • The applications meet Breckland Council’s corporate objectives.

 

  • There is secured match funding or the ability to raise funds towards both projects.

 

  • The projects will create valuable community facilities.

 

RESOLVED that:

 

1)     The Capital Match Funding application of £20,000 towards a £72,000 project for the development of a Strength and Conditioning Room extension for Attleborough Boxing Club be approved, subject to:

 

a)     a maximum sum of £20,000 or 27.8% of the cost of the project, whichever is the lower;

 

b)     confirmation that all other funding is in place; and

 

c)      any other conditions arising from Member comment on Sharepoint.

 

2)     The Capital Match Funding application of £20,000 towards a £895,906 project for building a replacement community hall in North Elmham be approved, subject to:

 

a)     a maximum sum of £20,000 or 2.2% of the cost of the project, whichever is the lower;

 

b)     confirmation that all other funding is in place; and

 

c)      any other conditions arising from Member comment on Sharepoint.

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