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Contact: Michael Flowers Democratic Services Officer
Apologies for absence
To receive any declarations of disclosable pecuniary interests and any conflicts of interest in respect of items on the agenda for this meeting.
Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Axel Macdonald, Jo Robb, and Ian Snowdon.
To adopt and sign as a correct record the Community Grants Panel minutes of the meeting held on Tuesday 18th February 2020.
RESOLVED: to approve the minutes of the meeting held on Tuesday 18th February 2020 as a correct record and agree that the chair signs them as such.
Declarations of interest
To receive any declarations of disclosable pecuniary interests in respect of items on the agenda for this meeting.
There were no declarations of interest.
Urgent business and chair's announcements
To receive notification of any matters which the chair determines should be considered as urgent business and the special circumstances which have made the matters urgent, and to receive any announcements from the chair.
The chair ran through housekeeping arrangements appropriate to an in-person meeting and explained the structure the meeting would use to operate.
To receive any questions or statements from members of the public that have registered to speak.
A list showing members of the public who had registered to speak had been sent to the committee prior to the meeting.
A. To review the report and recommendations of scoring made by officers.
B. To finalise award recommendations for the submitted applications.
The panel considered the applications for the South Oxfordshire District Council Revenue Grant Scheme 2022-2024 and the scoring recommendations detailed in the report. The panel agreed to first note all applications which had a speaker in attendance, and then note all remaining applications afterwards. Following the conclusion of all applications, the panel would then work, with the support of officers, to agree a final scoring and award amount recommendation.
Nomad Youth and Community Project
Sarah Lane and Tim Prior spoke in support of the application.
RESOLVED: to note the application of Nomad Youth and Community Project.
Oxfordshire South and Vale Citizens Advice Bureau
RESOLVED: to note the application of Oxfordshire South and Vale Citizens Advice Bureau.
Millstream Day Centre
RESOLVED: to note the application of Millstream Day Centre.
Oxfordshire Play Association
Martin Gillett spoke in support of the application.
RESOLVED: to note the application of Oxfordshire Play Association.
Chris Ingram spoke in support of the application.
The panel asked the speaker how many staff Style Acre employed and whether they were paid or voluntary. The speaker explained that the organisation employed three hundred and fifty staff across Oxfordshire. The speaker also confirmed that they were contracted by Oxfordshire County Council and most of their staff were support workers who supported registered services.
An additional question followed, seeking information on what activities were funded in Chinnor and Thame. Mr Ingram clarified that support services were currently provided in Thame and there was an outreach service which supported people depending on their differing needs. The speaker also confirmed that the supported living service was funded through both direct payment and from Oxfordshire County Council.
RESOLVED: to note the application of Style Acre.
South Oxfordshire Food and Education Alliance
James Plunket spoke in support of the application.
As part of the speaker’s presentation, the panel received an update to the application in which the applicant informed members that they were seeking a new requested grant of £150,000 in order to deliver their services without the video training programme and link to the cookery school. Their new requested funding amount therefore sought to take the programme through the schools, community larders, and other partners across the district but without the video and cookery school elements.
The panel noted that the organisation had made an application for both the revenue and capital grant schemes and asked the speaker if one project could go ahead without the other. The speaker explained that they could, and that funding from both schemes would enable them to deliver a greater and more versatile service with funding from both schemes. The speaker however explained that if only one source of funding was secured, that they could provide services but would have less flexibility in achieving their aims.
In response to a second question on the value for money from using an ex-cookery school director as a chef, the speaker explained that they were employing the chef on a reduced rate due to the employee willing to take ... view the full minutes text for item 6.