“WORKING WITH THE COMMUNITY” – COMMUNITY GRANTS
Five local groups benefitted on Tuesday 28th June in the biggest set of grant applications yet submitted to the Town Council. A total of £7,490 was awarded by the Finance & Personnel Committee of the Council.
Under the new scheme, applicants have to fill in a form and send in copies of their constitution and accounts, which is standard practice in most grant schemes. More importantly, anyone who wants a grant must send a representative to the meeting to speak in support of their application. In this way Councillors can get to know more about the group, and can discuss their aims and objectives in a friendly and constructive way.
The groups who attended the meeting of the Finance & Personnel Committee were:
• Langport Flower Club (who withdrew their application for support for their event ‘Reminiscence: art in the garden’ on the grounds that they had already reached their target)
• Huish & Langport Cricket Club
• Langport & Huish Senior Citizens’ Club
• Forget-me-not Memory Café
• Langport & Huish Episcopi Memorial Field Management Committee
• Ridgway Group
The Cricket Club were granted £240 to install an external tap to comply with Wessex Water regulations. The Senior Citizens’ Club were granted £500 towards the costs of running coach trips and their Christmas Dinner event. The Forget-me-not Memory Café, which is run under the auspices of the Rotary Club of Langport & Somerton, was awarded £250 to buy more activity products that stimulate memories.
The other two groups applied for more substantial amounts to assist with regular running costs. In these cases grants are made subject to the approval of a Service Level Agreement between the group and the Council, which sets out what services will be provided with the money awarded. The Memorial Field Management Committee were awarded £4,500, an increase of 50% over the amount given by Langport Town Council in previous years. The Ridgway Group, formerly the Ridgway Hall Disability Group, were awarded £2,000 towards the costs of venue hire, transport for members and promoting the group.
Those who attended welcomed the opportunity to talk about their group, and Councillors felt that they could award grants from an informed perspective, instead of it being a paper exercise. All groups were reminded that Huish Episcopi Parish Council, like all parish councils, also has funds available for community grants.
This is the second set of community grant awards made by Langport Town Council since May 2015. In December 2015 the Council awarded £1,000 to the Levels Scout Group, and a regular funding grant of £3,500 to the Langport & Huish Youth Group. Details about how to apply are available on the langport.life website.
For more information please contact David Mears, Town Clerk 01458 259700 or firstname.lastname@example.org