As part of the Kent and Medway 100% Business Rates Retention Pilot, a Financial Sustainability Fund (FSF) has been created to support individual local authorities with meeting the costs of growth. As the funding from the pilot is likely to be available for one year only, Members have agreed that the funding will be used for projects where a one-off investment will support the Council’s corporate priorities in the longer term.
Within the overall FSF, a Members’ Community Grant fund has been created to assist with community development and cultural cohesion. The rationale is that local councillors, as ward representatives, know their communities and their local (micro) needs. The fund comprises a series of ward funds based on £1,000 for each councillor to support local community groups and organisations with one off pump priming money.
The Community Fund will support local initiatives which:
Preference will be given to projects where funding is matched from other sources.
Members will have the right of appeal should their application be refused by the responsible officer. Any appeal against the decision of the responsible officer will be considered by the Director of Finance and Business Improvement. If the Member making the application is still unhappy, an appeal against the decision of the Director of Finance and Business Improvement will be considered by the Chief Executive, whose decision will be final.
Each Member’s budget is £1,000. The Council’s financial system will maintain a record for each Councillor of payments made against his or her budget. No payment will be made if the effect is that the budget would be exceeded. At the end of each quarter during 2018/19 a full report on all expenditure made will be submitted to Policy and Resources Committee.
The size and timing of funding projects or schemes is entirely at the discretion of the Member concerned, however once their budget is spent there will be no further funding available. All funds must be committed during the financial year 2018/19, but expenditure need not take place within the financial year.
There is nothing to stop Members in multi-member wards combining their budgets either in total or for individual applications. Where joint applications are made, only one form needs completing and a lead member should be noted as the main contact. All applicants should be named on the form with the amount of contribution from each member noted.
Applications will not be approved for expenditure that is:
If you would like to apply for a community grant please complete the application form below.
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