Decision Maker: Cabinet
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
1. Cabinet approves the changes to the SK Community Fund relating to eligibility, maximum grant allowed and the capping of the claiming period for awards to one year as per the amended grant criteria appended at Appendix A to the report of the Cabinet Member for Communities subject to parish and town councils being included within the eligibility criteria.
2. Cabinet approves the proposals to update the approach for future grant awards from 2021/22 onwards as outlined at 1.26 of the Cabinet Member for Communities report.
3. Cabinet delegates authority to the Strategic Director, Commercial and Operations, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Communities, to finalise arrangements with the Lincolnshire Community Foundation/similar groups and, if appropriate, to enter into an agreement on behalf of the Council for a proportion of the budget allocated to the SK Community Fund to be utilised to enable greater pound-for-pound matching of grant funding.
Considerations/reason for decision:
· Report from the Cabinet Member for Communities on Voluntary and Community Group Funding, including the criteria, application process and conditions of funding set out at Appendix A to the report.
· The Council currently had three funding streams; SK Community Fund, Ward Member Scheme and Foodbank Support Fund. LotterySK also provided a platform for groups to raise money through lottery ticket sales.
· Feedback from the Rural and Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee at a workshop on 27 July 2020 and its meeting on 10 September 2020.
· Arrangements for the operation of the Community Fund from its inception in 2015 until March 2020.
· The role played by the Community and Voluntary Sector throughout the Covid-19 response period.
· The introduction of a new category in relation to the areas of priority in relation to mental wellbeing, loneliness and social and rural isolation.
· Collaboration with the Lincolnshire Community Foundation to raise funds via a Total Giving crowd fund initiative.
· The establishment of a single grant register to reduce the risk of double funding of groups applying for more than one funding pot for the same project.
· That Parish and Town Councils should not be excluded from the eligibility criteria.
Other options considered and rejected:
1) The Fund to continue in its current format but with the introduction of the new category in relation to the areas of priority.
2) The Fund to be more focused on areas of priority through the ringfencing of funding to support priority projects. This option would not be actioned until the next financial year (2021/22). Under this option it was further proposed that the percentage split was increased to a 30/70% allocation in 2022/23 and 40/60% split in 2023/24 in favour of the areas of priority as the voluntary and community sector develops and adapts and evidence of need is identified. Apportioning the fund in this way would create a concentrated focus for how we want to distribute grant funding across the district however, demand on each allocation could cause imbalance if the funding is ringfenced in this way and had the potential to result in an over-subscription to one part of the pot and under-subscription in the other.
Publication date: 14/10/2020
Date of decision: 13/10/2020
Decided at meeting: 13/10/2020 - Cabinet