New ways of managing Uckfield Town Council’s grants process for community and charity groups are under consideration.
The possibility of introducing new rules was mentioned by town clerk, Holy Goring, at a meeting of the council’s general purposes committee.
The annual grants process, which is now open (see details of how to apply at the end of this story), distributes many thousands of pounds each year.
Applications are made to the council and considered by the finance sub-committee, which makes recommendations to the general purposes committee, which are normally accepted.
It is part of the council’s budget-setting process and takes place in early autumn with the grants payable the following financial year.
Currently there is no limit on what can be applied for and the finance sub committee tries to juggle competing demands on a fixed budget
More and more groups have come forward asking for support and the town council agreed in April that it would accept applications for grants from groups outside of the town, as long as they supported Uckfield people.
The town clerk told councillors: “I have had a suggestion from a member [councillor] regarding the grants process. Last year, we saw quite an increase in applications and it is how we manage and handle that going forward.
“Obviously, it makes it a lot tougher for the finance sub-committee to consider these applications.”
She said one idea put forward was to set a limit on the amount applied for.
It was probably too late for this year, the town clerk added, but she wondered whether the process should be reviewed.
Chairman of the committee, Cllr Diane Ward, said she looked forward to see a report at the next general purposes committee meeting.
Here’s how to apply for a grant [town council website]. Closing date is August 31. The weblink also shows how the money for 2018/19 was distributed.
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