On 29 July 2022 Grants Advisory Committee met to consider amendments to the Service Support Grant 2023-26, proposed as follows:
1. A recommendation of an adjustment to the funds available that reflects average inflation rates over the last five years. This results in an increase in funds available from £151,610 to £167,400.
2. To revise the number of themes within the scheme from eight to six with indicative funding amounts as per the list below:
Mental Health and Wellbeing £24,000
Advice Services £100,000
Independent Living £22,000
Support for the VCS £11,400
Arts, Culture and Heritage £10,000
3. That the guidance notes and criteria have been updated to reflect these thematic changes, the key updates to note are:
a. Mental Health and Wellbeing - applications from children and young people’s organisations are welcome, based on outcomes and learning from the Children & Young People’s grant funding pilot that is running from January-December 2022.
b. Independent Living – applications are welcome from those whose objective it is to promote the independence, and reduce the isolation, of the District’s vulnerable residents. This theme includes community transport.
c. Arts, Culture and Heritage is a new theme.
d. A new requirement that all funded organisations endeavour to join Cambridgeshire Council for Voluntary Service – a support organisation for the VCS in Cambridgeshire.
Decision type: Key
Decision status: Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)
Wards affected: (All Wards);
Notice of proposed decision first published: 05/08/2022
Decision due: 5 September 2022 by Lead Cabinet member for Resources
Lead member: Cllr John Williams, Lead Cabinet member for Resources firstname.lastname@example.org
Department: (All Services)
Contact: Cecilia Murphy-Roads, Project Officer Email: email@example.com.
Lead Cabinet Member for Resources, Lead Cabinet Member for Communities and the Chair of Grants Advisory Committee were consulted in preliminary meetings and all members of the committee were invited to comment at a workshop prior to the consideration of the report by Grants Advisory Committee.
Leadership Team have also been briefed and are in support.
Purpose of Report: Officers should ensure the applications show a percentage of the funding pot applied for when presenting the grant applications scores to Grants Advisory Committee for decision. All changes to take effect for the new 2023-2026 scheme, whose bidding round opens on 5 September 2022. September bidding provides voluntary and community sector organisations 12 weeks notice as per the good practice guidance.