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WCAC Area Committee Grants 2019-20

Meeting: 14/03/2019 - West Central Area Committee (Item 7)

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Minutes:

The Committee received a report from the Senior Grants Officer regarding West Central Community Grants.

 

Members considered applications for grants as set out in the Officer’s report. The Senior Grants Officer responded to Member’s questions about individual projects and what funding aimed to achieve.

 

The amount available for each area is as follows:

 

Committee

Community Grants

%

Total Available

£

North

34.62

24,235

East

30.42

21,295

South

25.15

17,605

West Central

9.81

6,865

Total

100

70,000

 

In response to Members’ questions the Senior Grants Officer said the following:

  i.  There was a rolling program of funding that bids could be made for.

  ii.  Undertook to share with the formula for agreeing how the Area Committee Grants were shared across the four Committees as some members suggested that the current allocations were unfair.

  iii.  The application from ‘A Toy’s Life and Beyond’, had been refused as it did not meet the grant criteria, had not provided robust accounts and had been assessed as poor value for money.

  iv.  Confirmed that grants officers would assist any group that found the application process difficult. Stated that as the Committee was allocating public funds and needed to be accountable and transparent.

 

A member of the Public stated that the report lacked details and suggested that members should be provided with more information on the projects requested grants.

 

Members considered the grant applications received, officer comments and proposed awards, detailed in Appendix 1 of the Officer’s report, in line with the Area Committee Community Grants criteria.

 

Some members suggested that the ‘A Toy’s Life and Beyond’ appeared to be a good project in principle. Members proposed a conditional offer of £400, subject to the group satisfying the grants criteria and the Sustainable City Grant team agreeing that their application was robust and grant funding them.

 

Following discussion, Members unanimously resolved to agree the proposed awards detailed in Appendix 1 of the Officer’s report and summarised in the table below and an additional, conditional offer as above.

 

Ref

Organisation

Purpose

Award

WC1

A Toy’s Life and Beyond CIC

Toy swop and recycling project

£0

£400 subject to the group satisfying the grants criteria and the Sustainable City Grant team agreeing that their application was robust and grant funding them

WC2

Christ's Pieces Residents’ Association

Talk for local residents

£200

WC3

Empty Common Community Garden

Opening event, landscaping, insurance

£300

WC4

Friends of Histon Road Cemetery

Information and activities 

£750

WC5

Histon Road Area Residents’ Association

“A Community Remembers “ community project

£1,000

WC6

Friends of Midsummer Common

Community activities and maintenance of community orchard

£700

WC7

Mayfield Seniors Group

Transport for three trips

£500

WC8

New Life Church, Cambridge

"Eddies" - weekly community café at Storey's Field Centre

£750

WC9

Oblique Arts

Six creative workshops with exhibition for elderly people 

£1,500

TOTAL

£5,700

£6,100