To consider the Annual Community Grants Report for 2023/24
The Committee considered a report from the Strategic Lead for Leisure and Community Development that sought approval for the Grants Awards for 2023/24. The report outlined funding recommendations for applications received following consideration by the Grants Panel. Following final determination of the annual budget by Council, the grants awards would be allocated to charities and voluntary sector organisations operating in the borough. The Committee were also asked to consider transferring their unallocated Better Neighbourhood Grant monies to the Grants budget for distribution.
Councillor Sider raised concern that the Shepperton Village Fair had not received Grant funding for 2023/24 as the Fair was an important community event which gave opportunity for charities to raise funds. Any Grant funding would help with building of infrastructure, safety, and security. It was proposed by Councillor Sider and seconded by Councillor C Barratt and resolved that the Shepperton Village Fair be awarded a grant of £1000.
The Committee requested that newly elected Councillors be reminded of their Better Neighbourhood Grants during training in May 2023.
1. Approve the grants awards for 2023/24,
2. To note all other support Spelthorne Borough Council provides to the voluntary/charity sector and;
3. To transfer unallocated Councillors Better Neighbourhood Grant monies for 2023/24 are transferred to the Grants budget for allocation.