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The Vale of Glamorgan Council

Cabinet Meeting: 25 January, 2016

Report of the Leader

Grants to Community/ Voluntary Organisation 2015/16

Purpose of the Report

  1. To seek approval of Cabinet for the award of grants from the 2015/16 corporate revenue budget.

Recommendation

  1. That grants be awarded as set out at Appendix A to this report.

Reason for the Recommendation

  1. To award grants in accordance with the approved scheme.

Background

  1. In previous years, local groups and voluntary organisations have been invited to apply for funding. Previous year's applicants were automatically sent application packs, and the availability of this funding was advertised on the Council's web site and also in local newspapers.
  2. In this financial year the provision of grants is being reviewed as part of the Reshaping Services programme and therefore, only applications and enquiries received before June 2015 were progressed. As a result of the review, the availability of funding has not been advertised in 2015/16.

Relevant Issues and Options

  1. The Authority is currently reviewing the provision of grants under the Reshaping Services Programme.
  2. The report sets out at Appendix A the applications for consideration and the recommended grant in respect of each.
  3. The Appendix also sets out any proposed conditions on the funding awarded, in some cases additional actions are recommended to support the organisation making the application.
  4. The provision of this type of small community grant will need to be considered for future financial years having regard to the Council's Reshaping Services programme. Under this initiative the efficiency of the Council's approach to grant funding is being reviewed.
  5. A report will be brought to a future Cabinet meeting detailing the proposals for the provision and delivery of Corporate grants in future financial years.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

  1. Financial provision has been made within the corporate policy revenue budget 2015/16. The total value of grants recommended in this report amount to £1,830.
  2. In addition to this sum, £4,400 of grants have been paid in the 2015/16 financial year that had been approved by Cabinet in previous financial years as part of multi-year agreements.
  3. The value of small community grants committed in 2015/16 is £6,230. When compared with expenditure of £44,900 in 2014/15 this represents a saving of £38,670 in 2015/16.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

  1. Provision of grant aid to certain organisations will assist in supporting community based activity and as a result, community cohesion.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

  1. There are no direct legal implications arising from this report.

Crime and Disorder Implications

  1. The funding of the voluntary sector should assist in increasing social inclusion and reducing crime.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

  1. The core eligibility criteria provided to all applicants provides that all organisations seeking funding must actively promote equal opportunities in their operations and service delivery.

Corporate/Service Objectives

  1. Applicants are asked to indicate which of the corporate priorities of the Council their application addresses.

Policy Framework and Budget

  1. This is a matter for Executive decision.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

  1. Since the proposals are within the Policy Framework and Budget, no further consultation beyond that indicated in the report has taken place.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

  1. Corporate Resources

Background Papers

Grant application forms.

Contact Officer

Gemma Jones

Principal Accountant

Resources

Officers Consulted

Senior Lawyer

Operational Manager Accountancy

Senior Rural Regeneration Officer

Responsible Officer:

Managing Director