Matter which the Chairman has decided is urgent to enable the Welsh Church Act Financial Assistance Awards 2016/17 to be allocated within the financial year.


Agenda Item No 7(i)

The Vale of Glamorgan Council


Welsh Church Act Estate Committee 23rd January 2017


Report of the Managing Director


Applications for Financial Assistance 2016/17


Purpose of the Report

  1. To consider the proposal to amend the schemes for the grant award made to Bethany Baptist Church at the committee meeting on the 4th July 2016 (minute 126)


That committee considers and approves the applications for the amended grant award to Bethany Baptist Church as set out in paragraph 5 in this report.

Reason for the Recommendation

In furtherance of the objectives of the trust.


  1. The Welsh Church Act Estate Committee has delegated authority to manage in accordance with "The Scheme" the Welsh Church Act Estate as vested in the Council.
  2. An application was received from Bethany Baptist Church to upgrade, extend and improve toilet facilities at the Bethany Community Halls, endorsed by Cardiff Council.
  3. The application was awarded £5,000 at the Welsh Church Act Committee held on the 4th July 2016 (minute 125) subject to approval of the other sources of grant funding listed in the application.

Relevant Issues and Options

  1. Bethany Baptist Church has since contacted the Welsh Church Act to advise that they are now unable to proceed with the original scheme and propose to carry out works to install additional meters to serve the smaller side halls and a new gas boiler to run from the installation. The total quoted costs for these works are £6,607.
  2. The completion of these works would supply new kitchen facilities in the two side halls enabling their greater use by the local community.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

  1. The sum of £49,450 has been provided for grants in the Trust's revenue estimates for 2016/17, the grant award of £5,000 to Bethany Baptist Church has been included as part of this sum.

Sustainability and Climate Change implications

  1. There are no sustainability and climate change implications.

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 charitable purposes for which the fund may be applied are set out in the "scheme for the administration of the trust". Applicants are asked to indicate how they will address equal opportunities and how they will demonstrate this.

Corporate/Service Objectives

  1. The sole concern of the committee is to act in the best interest of the Trust

Policy Framework and Budget

  1. Not applicable

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

  1. Not applicable

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

  1. None

Background Papers

Letters of application and grant application forms

Contact Officer

Gemma Jones

Principal Accountant


Directorate of Resources

Tel: 01446 709152

Officers Consulted

Mike Walsh, Lawyer

Responsible Officer:

Rob Thomas

Managing Director.