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Grants to Voluntary Organisations: Emerging Needs & New Initiatives Grants 2015/16

Meeting: 02/07/2015 - Policy and Finance Committee (Item 7)

7 Grants to Voluntary Organisations: Emerging Needs and New Initiatives Grants 2015/16 and Community Investment Fund Update pdf icon PDF 61 KB

 

To set out proposals for the allocation of grant support to voluntary organisations under the Emerging Needs and New Initiatives Grant strand for 2015/16 and to regularise a previous year’s grant award from the Community Investment Fund

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The Committee considered proposals for the allocation for grant support to voluntary organisations under the Emerging Need and New Initiatives Grant programme for 2015/16. The grants were intended for one off projects or pump-priming/development activity and could include a contribution to overheads.

 

Members noted that £50,000  was available for Emerging Needs grants and Small grants, of which £10,000 was usually set aside for Small grants awarded under Directors delegated authority. Some 44 applications had been received for Emerging Needs grants totalling £118,983. 18 applications had been received for Small grants totalling £13,772. The extent of over subscription made decision making difficult and reduced awards or no awards were to be made in some cases.

 

This was the final year of the Emerging Needs and New Initiatives Grant strand in its present form. In the light of proposals due to be considered later in the meeting relating to the Grants to Commissioning initiative work would need to be undertaken to identify what grant strands might be appropriate for the future against this potentially changing background.

 

The Committee also took the opportunity to rectify a misunderstanding with the Surrey Tamil School which had believed that it had been awarded a Community Investment Fund grant of £4,000pa for three years from 2013/14 whereas the award had been for one year only. In the light of the School planning its three year programme based on its understanding of the commitment it was agreed that the position should be regularised so that the School was not disadvantaged. Having been awarded  a lesser sum of £2,500 in 2014/15 it would therefore now receive a sum of £5,500 in 2015/16 in order to fulfil the full £12,000 over the three years.

 

RESOLVED that –

 

1.    Emerging Needs and New Initiatives Grant aid be offered to the voluntary organisations for 2015/16 as set out in Annexes 1 and 2 of the agenda report.

2.    The award to Surrey Tamil School set out above be agreed; and

3.    The arrangements for the allocation of small grants be noted.

 

Voting – Unanimous