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Agenda Item No

 

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Cabinet Meeting 18 April 2012

 

Report of the Leader

 

Grants to Community / Voluntary Organisations

St. Donats Arts Centre

 

Purpose of the Report

1.             To seek the approval of Cabinet on the award of further funding in respect of St. Donats Arts Centre Ltd.

Recommendations

That:

1.             Cabinet approve grant funding to St. Donats Arts Centre Ltd. in the sum of £35,000 per annum, payable annually in advance, for the three years commenced 1 April 2012.

2.             A Deed of Grant for three years from 1st April 2012 be entered into with St. Donats              Arts Centre Ltd.

Reasons for the Recommendations

1.             To demonstrate the Councils commitment to the organisation.

2.             To formalise funding arrangements with the organisation.

Background

2.             The St. Donats Arts Centre Ltd. is a Company Limited by Guarantee and is a registered charity, located at the Tythe Barn Theatre within the grounds of Atlantic College.

3.             The objectives of the organisation are the promotion of the arts through a diverse programme of performances and exhibitions and community education in the arts for both children and adults.

4.             The organisation's current agreement with the Council, providing funding in the sum of £37,000 per annum ended on 31 March 2012.

5.             The organisation has requested ongoing funding from this Council for a further period of three years.

Relevant Issues and Options

6.             Meetings have been held with representatives of the organisation at which the severe financial constraints facing the Council have been explained.

7.             Mindful of the above it has been concluded that further funding could be provided in the sum of £35,000 per annum for three years from 1 April 2012.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment and Climate Change, if appropriate)

8.             Funding will be found from within the corporate policy revenue budget.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

9.             There are no direct legal implications arising from this report. Should grant funding be approved an appropriate agreement will be prepared by the Director of Legal, Public Protection and Housing Services in consultation with the Director of Finance, ICT and Property to ensure formalisation of the terms and conditions to be agreed with the organisation.

Crime and Disorder Implications

10.        Participation in the arts can assist in reducing social exclusion, which is a major contributor to crime and anti-social activity.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

11.        The Deed of Grant includes a clause that the applicants are to comply with the Council's policies relating to equal opportunities, Welsh language, disability and race relations.

Corporate/Service Objectives

12.        The work of the organisation will contribute to the regeneration corporate priority "to work with partners to develop a sustainable community which maximises opportunities for economic growth, social improvement and environmental regeneration and protection". Arts activity is a major contributor to promoting tourism in the Vale and the arts industries make a significant contribution to the local economy.

Policy Framework and Budget

13.        This is a matter for executive decision.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

14.        No consultation has taken place as the subject matter of the report is not ward specific.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

15.        Corporate Resources

Background Papers

None

Contact Officer

Mr AD Williams

Accountant

Finance, ICT & Property

Tel: 01446 709250

 

Officers Consulted

Operational Manager, Corporate policy & communications, Chief Executive's Department.

Operational Manager, Legal, Public Protection & Housing Department.

 

Responsible Officer:

Director of Finance, ICT & Property

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