Agenda item

Community Grant Applications

To consider applications for Neighbourhood Community Grant (NCG) and Community Infrastructure (CIL) funding. To also agree the Committee’s Councillor Ward funding arrangements for the 2021/22 municipal year.

Decision:

RESOLVED that:

 

1.    The application for a £168 Neighbourhood Community Grant from Kingston Tour Guides and the Kingston Heritage Service be approved.

2.    The application for £1250 to support the work of the Hook 2 Minute Litter pick be approved.

3.    The application for £3000 to support the Sharing Lives (‘Men’s Shed) project be approved

4.    The application for £3000 to support funding for a floodlight generator for the Corinthian Casuals Youth Football Section be approved.

5.    An application for £2739.30 to support funding for the development of the Chessington Unity Running Club be approved.

6.    The existing allocation of £2,000 per Councillor as set out in the Neighbourhood’s Councillor Ward Funding Scheme, be retained.

Minutes:

The Committee considered the Community Grant funding application for the Chessington Unity Running Club which would go towards a storage shed, high visibility tabards, an AED external defibrillator and various courses for the current members. In response to a question from members, the grant applicant explained that there are 3 sessions per week with an aim to expand this provision when greater funds are available.

 

The Committee considered the Community Grant funding application for the Sharing Lives (‘Men’s Shed) project which would go towards paying 50% of the portacabin rental on the site as well as various tools and ironmongery. The project helps address mental and physical issues among its participants through enabling a space to carry out projects such as the restoration of wooden seats and raised beds in the community garden. The applicant clarified that they are open to approach for any requests for projects from local residents/organisations if it is judged to be within the capacity of the participants of the project to make. The contact details can be found on https://www.sharinglives.co.uk/contact.

 

The applicant expressed their intention to open their project to women at a later date when capacity improves. However, discussions are underway to provide an opportunity to train women to use power tools and undertake DIY projects.

 

The Committee considered the Community Grant funding application for the Corinthian Casuals FC Youth Section to go towards the purchase of a replacement generator for its floodlights. The applicant clarified the cost savings that would be achieved by teams being able to train in the winter. In regards to members querying the possibility of creating a disabled team, the applicant explained that the current facilities are unfortunately not suitable to providing such an opportunity.

 

The Committee considered the Community Grant funding application for the Kingston Tour Guides and Kingston Heritage Service which went to all four neighbourhood committees for a combined total of £673. The grant was to support the inaugural postcard competition for all primary schools within the borough to create a postcard that celebrated Kingston’s heritage.

 

The Committee considered the Community Grant funding application to support the work of the Hook 2 Minute Litter Pick, shared with the Surbiton Neighbourhood Committee. The organisation undertakes a litter pick once every month and the funding would allow for the purchase of additional litter pickers, relevant equipment and to provide for the wider publication of the event.

 

The Committee were asked to consider whether to amend the approach to councillor ward funding working arrangements. Three options were presented:

·         Process to remain the same and allocate £2,000 to each Ward Councillor

·         Put all funds into a South of the Borough Neighbourhood Grant pot.

·         Hybrid process where Ward Councillors retain £1,000 to allocate in line with the current process and £1,000 is allocated to the Neighbourhood Grant pot.

 

The Committee agreed to maintain the current process to retain the flexibility of allocating community grands.

 

RESOLVED that:

 

1.    The application for a £168 Neighbourhood Community Grant from Kingston Tour Guides and the Kingston Heritage Service be approved.

2.    The application for £1250 to support the work of the Hook 2 Minute Litter pick be approved.

3.    The application for £3000 to support the Sharing Lives (‘Men’s Shed) project be approved

4.    The application for £3000 to support funding for a floodlight generator for the Corinthian Casuals Youth Football Section be approved.

5.    An application for £2739.30 to support funding for the development of the Chessington Unity Running Club be approved.

6.    The existing allocation of £2,000 per Councillor as set out in the Neighbourhood’s Councillor Ward Funding Scheme, be retained.

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