Agenda and minutes

Grants Board
Wednesday 13th December 2017 6.30 pm

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To confirm as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting held on 9 October 2017 (previously circulated).



The Minutes of the meeting held on 9 October 2017 were agreed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.



To note declarations of Members’ disclosable pecuniary interests, non-disclosable pecuniary interests and non-pecuniary interests in respect of items on the Agenda.



Councillor J Fitzpatrick declared a non-declared interest and took no part in discussions with regard to The Red Balloon Family Foundation item being considered due to being an employee of the Sir Frederic Osborn School.




Report of the Executive Director (Housing and Communities) which provides details of the applications which have been received for Small Community Grants.


Report of the Executive Director (Housing and Communities) setting out the ten applications that had been received for Small Community Grants.  The report noted that the Small Community Grants were limited to a maximum of £2,000 per application.


There was £39,000 in total available during the financial year 2017/18 to be awarded through the Small Community Grants, of which £8,000 had already been awarded this financial year.


The following applications were considered:


Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Army Cadet Force


An application had been received for £2,000 for purchase of needed equipment and supplies for lessons and activities.


Members felt that this was a really good project for the youth and commented that by contributing they would be helping keep youth active.


AGREED a grant of £2,000


Bushin Mixed Martial Arts


An application had been received for £900 for upgrade of safety – replace gloves and new focus protective pads.


Members commented that health and safety was paramount for everyone and therefore supported the application.


AGREED a grant of £900.


Fairlife Foundation


An application had been received for £2,000 for materials for schools and on living wage payments.


Members felt that the application was not something that is part of the school curriculum and therefore it would be best if the Charity approached the County Council as the Educational Authority for such funding.


After further consideration it was agreed that the Board could not support this application.


REFUSED the application.


Friends of Countess Ann School


An application had been received for £3,000 for building a wooden structure/outdoor classroom for teachers as outdoor learning, selling refreshments at events and to be used by children at lunch-times and could also be used during any public events.


Members commented that the application was more fitting for County Council and/or Awards for All.  There was also the Herts Community Fund, which the organisation could consider.


REFUSED the application.


Interfaith Group


An application had been received for £2,000 for estimated project administration, publicity and transport costs.


Members supported the application as it contributed to the teaching of different faiths to gain an understanding of the various beliefs and their spiritual identifications.


AGREED a grant of £2,000


Lemsford Football Club


An application had been received for £800 for courses, outdoor equipment and various items for training.


Members were supportive of the Club.


AGREED a grant of £800


Panshanger PTA


An application had been received for £2,000 towards the cost of running the swimming pool, including lifeguards, chemicals, heating, water, fees, insurance and related paperwork.


Members commented that the swimming pool was open to the community and provided a sporting facility for the public.


AGREED a grant of £2,000


Paradign Housing The Foyer


An application had been received for £2,000 for new furniture, paint carpets and general decorating.  Also wiring in accordance with the new plans designed by the University students.


Members were keen to support this application as it provided exceptional support for the youth and especially the disadvantaged youngsters.


AGREED a grant of £2,000


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