Agenda and draft minutes

Grants Advisory Committee - Friday, 26 March 2021 10.00 a.m.

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Apologies for Absence


There were apologies for absence from Cllr Jose Hales & Cllr John Williams (Lead Cabinet Member for Finance).


Declarations of Interest


There were no declarations of interest.


Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 151 KB

To authorise the Chair to sign the Minutes of the meeting held on Friday 26 February 2021 as a correct record.


The Grants Advisory Committee authorised the Chair to sign, as a correct record, the minutes of the meeting held Friday 26 February 2021.


Community Chest: Funding Applications pdf icon PDF 250 KB

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The Grants Advisory Committee reviewed all Community Chest applications received between 13 February 2021 and 13 March 2021. There was one deferral to be considered from the previous month.


After consideration of these applications, the Committee recommended to the Lead Cabinet Member for Finance that:

  • Bassingbourn Nature Rangers (CNDMQGMT), previously deferred from February committee, be approved and funded at the full amount requested of £1000 pending receipt of DBS check completion evidence.
  • PCC of All Saints Church Cottenham (BCNHZCDJ) to be approved and funded at the full amount requested of £1,000.


Mobile Warden Scheme Grants 2021 - 24 pdf icon PDF 149 KB

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The amount available to the Mobile Warden Schemes had been increased due to some leftover capital from the procurement scheme which had run in 2020, it was noted that the length of the contract was to be increased from 1 year to 3 years.


The Committee noted that all incremental increases in funding for the schemes were based on cost increases, inflationary and otherwise.


It was remarked that Haslingfield Parish Council had indicated that they did not wish to sign-up for a 3-year agreement, a meeting was going to be taking place to decide whether or not to take up the agreement. If not, it was noted that it may be possible for other schemes to include this area in their patch. It was agreed that Lesley McFarlane would email out additional information to Members of the Committee.


It was requested that officers review changing the name of the scheme to Community Wardens to remove negative perceptions around Mobile Warden Schemes and align with the Age UK schemes, which refer to the schemes as a Community Wardens.


It was also suggested that officers consider running an article in the South Cambs magazine to advertise the service to younger residents.


The Grants Advisory Committee agree to fund the amounts set out below:

  • 2021-2022 £33,800
  • 2022-2023 £53,202
  • 2023-2024 £71,708


Update on the Covid Community Grant


The Chair varied the order of business to allow this to be taken as the fifth item of the agenda.


Rolled over the existing budget for the Community Chest into a community grant scheme, it was noted that all applications would be brought to the Grants Advisory Committee meeting in May.


Each application will need to be taken on its individual merits as there are few restrictions, applications are encouraged to be brought in as they stand. The decisions will be left to the Committee to be made.


The information on the Covid recovery grant scheme had been distributed to Members, Parish Councils and Community Groups.


Date of next meeting

Friday 30 April 2021 at 10:00am.


Friday 30 April 2021 at 2:00pm.