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Community Grants Review

To note the changes to the Community Grants programme proposed in Phase 1 of the Community Grants Review. To note the broader review work required in Phase 2 which will be developed alongside the ‘Our Cambridge’ transformation programme.

Decision type: Non-key

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Notice of proposed decision first published: 23/05/2022

Decision due: 30 Jun 2022 by Executive Councillor for Communities

Lead member: Executive Councillor for Communities

Department: Community Services

Contact: Julie Cornwell, Community Funding and Voluntary Sector Manager Email: Julie.Cornwell@cambridge.gov.uk.

Additional Information: Requested for pre-scrutiny by Cllrs Payne & Hauk.

Background Information: The Community Grant priorities are reviewed periodically to ensure they are relevant and align with the Councils corporate Plan and wider objectives. Similarly, the Grants procedures are reviewed annually as part of a continuous improvement process, taking into account feedback from applicants and the experience of the Grants Team. There are immediate modifications which can be made to the 2023-34 grant round, which do not require Executive Councillor approval. These will be Phase 1 of the Grants Review. Phase 2 requires a broader review of key themes, mapping funding to the voluntary sector across the council, researching what other councils are doing around grant funding, data analysis of current grant allocations, an assessment of the value of Area Committee Grants and other funding opportunities. This work will be intrinsically linked to the wider discussion on community investment and wealth building that will be part of the ‘Our Cambridge’ transformation programme.


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