Councillors and committees

Agenda item

Community Grants Programme

To note the grant funding streams available for 2019/20 and to agree the working arrangements for the allocation of the Committee’s Councillor Ward Funding.

Decision:

Resolved  that–

 

1.    the Neighbourhood Community Grants budget, as set out in Key Point B is noted, and that the Committee will be asked to review applications and agree allocations for these grants throughout the year until the fund has been exhausted;

 

2.    the Borough-wide Community Grants budget as set out in Key Point C is noted;

 

3.    the budget for Councillor Ward Funding will be allocated at £2,000 per Councillor and the current system of Councillor Ward Funding is retained for the time being;

 

4.    the opportunities available for further grant funding and Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) receipts, as set out in paragraphs 10-21 of the report are noted, and that the Committee will be asked to consider any future bids that are made for these funds; and

 

5.    with reference to paragraph 14, a cap will not be applied to the amount of CIL funding that can be allocated to individual projects each year

Minutes:

The Neighbourhood Committee considered a report which provided information about  grant funding streams available for 2019/20 and he allocation of the Committee’s Councillor Ward Funding.  The purpose of grant funding was to encourage local voluntary and community sector organisations, faith groups, charities and not-for-profit organisations to access funding and expand their capacity.

There are four different funding sources under the new Community Grants Programme available for Neighbourhood Committees and Ward Members to support and encourage local voluntary and community activity in their neighbourhoods, as follows:

·         Neighbourhood Community Grants (previously known as Your Kingston Grants and New Initiatives Grants), of up to £3,000 per application, are available to fund projects/ activities/ services to benefit communities in each of the four neighbourhood areas.  Each Neighbourhood is awarded £20,000 per annum, which is reduced as Neighbourhood Community Grants are awarded throughout the financial year.  Guidelines for Neighbourhood Community Grants were appended at Annex 1 to the report

·         Borough-wide Community Grants of up to £3,000, per application, are available to fund projects/ activities/ services to benefit of communities across the Borough.  There is a £20,000 allocation per annum, which is reduced as the Borough-wide grants are awarded throughout the year. Guidelines for Borough-wide Community Grants were appended as Annex 2 to the report

·         Councillor Ward Funding, at £2,000 per Councillor per financial year, which would remain at the discretion of individual Ward Councillors unless the Neighbourhood Committee decided to pool all or part of the Councillor Ward Funding budget.  Guidelines for Councillor Ward Funding were appended at Annex 2 to the report.

·         Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) must be spent on infrastructure needed to support development in the Borough. The upper limit of funding to apply for will be the amount allocated to each Neighbourhood Area - allocation will vary by Neighbourhood and is not time limited. Guidelines for ‘the Neighbourhood portion’ of the CIL were appended at Annex 3 to the report.

 

Resolved  that–

 

1.    the Neighbourhood Community Grants budget, as set out in Key Point B is noted, and that the Committee will be asked to review applications and agree allocations for these grants throughout the year until the fund has been exhausted;

 

2.    the Borough-wide Community Grants budget as set out in Key Point C is noted;

 

3.    the budget for Councillor Ward Funding will be allocated at £2,000 per Councillor and the current system of Councillor Ward Funding is retained for the time being;

 

4.    the opportunities available for further grant funding and Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) receipts, as set out in paragraphs 10-21 of the report are noted, and that the Committee will be asked to consider any future bids that are made for these funds; and

 

5.    with reference to paragraph 14, a cap will not be applied to the amount of CIL funding that can be allocated to individual projects each year.

 

Voting –

For: 7 Members of the Committee  (Councillors Stephanie Archer, Patricia Bamford, Lorraine Dunstone, Dennis Goodship, Andreas Kirsch, Thay Thayalan and Sharon Young)

Abstaining: 1 Member (Councillor Margaret Thompson)

 

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