Agenda and minutes

Grants Advisory Committee
Friday, 25 January 2019 10.00 a.m.

Venue: Monkfield Room, First Floor. View directions

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No. Item


Apologies for Absence


Councillors Clare Delderfield and Peter McDonald sent Apologies for Absence. Councillor Dr. Martin Cahn substituted for Councillor McDonald.


Declarations of Interest



Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 96 KB

To authorise the Chairman to sign the Minutes of the meeting held on 13 December 2018 as a correct record.


The Committee authorised the Chairman to sign, as a correct record, the Minutes of the meeting held on 13 December 2018.


Community Chest: Funding Applications pdf icon PDF 128 KB

Additional documents:


The Grants Advisory Committee considered a report detailing applications deferred from the meeting held on 13 December 2018 as well as new applications received between 1 December 2018 and 31 December 2018.


Members discussed each application, and recommended as follows to the Lead Cabinet Member for Finance:



Village(s) affected


Total applied for (£)

Total recomm

ended (£)

Additional conditions/ comments

Bethel Baptist Church


Replace disabled  access ramp to church hall




Save Linton Heights Swimming Pool Fund-raising Committee


Repair of Linton Heights’ decommissioned swimming pool



Land is owned by County Council.

Cambourne United Football Club


Provide new equipment for FA’s new ‘Just Play’ project



Incomplete documentation

Quy Village Association


Upgrade toilets which are 25 years old



Parish Council building - 50% grant awarded, matched by PC

1st Whittlesford and Duxford Scout Group

Duxford and Whittlesford

Extension of mobile caving system




1st Over St Mary’s Scout Group


Purchase of new tents for camping events





Incomplete documentation

St Catherine’s Parochial Church Council


Installation of kitchen and toilet facility



Further information requested



Grants to Voluntary Sector: Service Support Grants 2019/20-2021/22 - Awarding of additional funds pdf icon PDF 82 KB


Further to the meeting held on 13 December 2018 (Minute 5 refers), the Grants Advisory Committee considered a report on the proposed award of extra funding to community and voluntary sector organisations for three-year programmes for 2019/20 to 2021/22.


Following a brief discussion,  the Grants Advisory Committee recommended unanimously to the Lead Cabinet Member for Finance that, subject to agreement by Council on budget, and subject to annual funding agreements with the organisations concerned, the following awards be made from the Service Support Grant Fund for 2019/20 to 2021/22:


(a)          £5,000 per year to Disability Cambridgeshire

(b)          £4,110 per year to Reach


Farmland Museum: Proposed Funding Agreement 2019/20-2021/22 pdf icon PDF 86 KB

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The Grants Advisory Committee considered a report proposing a new three-year funding agreement for the Farmland Museum for 2019/20 through to 2021/22.


Representatives of the Farmland Museum attended the meeting and presented to Members their aspirations for the future development of the facility, including its significance for the proposed New Town at Waterbeach. Councillor Anna Bradnam, a local Member for Waterbeach, was in attendance to support the uniqueness of the Farmland Museum and its contribution to, and engagement with, the local community.


During the ensuing discussion, Members explored options for enhanced collaboration with organisations such as English Heritage and the Milton Maize Maze. They also discussed options for greater commercialisation and educational involvement, including comparisons between traditional and modern farming practices.


Councillor John Williams, Lead Cabinet Member for Finance, suggested that any proposal for ongoing funding should be subject to review in two years’ time.


The Grants Advisory Committee recommended to the Lead Cabinet Member for Finance that, subject to agreement by Council annually on budget, he approves a three-year funding agreement providing £8,500 to the Farmland Museum for 2019/20 through to 2021/22.


Elite Athlete Award Scheme: 2018/19 Review pdf icon PDF 103 KB


The Grants Advisory Committee considered a report reviewing the Elite Athlete Award Scheme with the intention of ensuring that it reflects current Council priorities.


Councillor Dr. Claire Daunton pointed out that there were talented musicians (and others) who could be described as elite. The ensuing debate centred on use of the word ‘elite’, and the question of means testing. The majority of Members present felt that further discussion was needed, and that the money available should continue to be allocated by the Lead Cabinet Member for Finance as recommended by the Grants Advisory Committee.


Councillor John Williams (lead Cabinet Member for Finance) expressed the view that the aim should be to help fund a cross-section of the community. Councillor Sue Ellington felt unable to agree. She said that the Scheme had always been about promoting excellence – initially as part of national preparations for the London Olympics in 2012.


The Chairman said that awards scheme should be extended to recognise outstanding achievement by those coping with mental health challenges.


The Grants Advisory Committee deferred making a recommendation to the Lead Cabinet Member for Finance pending further discussion between relevant Members and officers, and informal feedback from Cabinet. The Grants Advisory Committee emphasised the importance of it retaining control of the funds previously forming part of the Elite Athlete Scheme.


Councillor Sue Ellington abstained from voting.


Date of next meeting

Friday 22 February 2019 at 10.00am


The Grants Advisory Committee noted that its next meeting had been scheduled for Friday 22 February 2019, starting at 10.00am.