To consider the provision of financial support to key community organisations.
Note – Councillor Janette Jenkinson declared a non-pecuniary interest in this item of business by virtue of the fact that she was a Director of Ulverston Community Enterprise. She remained in the meeting during the discussion and voting on the item, although with no voting rights as a Member of the Shadow Cabinet.
The Culture and Leisure Portfolio Holder introduced the report. Details of the current and proposed Community Grants budget allocation were presented in Appendix 2. For the purposes of this report, the review was focussing primarily on Strategic Cultural Partners and Strategic Community Arts and Events as the current arrangements for funding expired on 31 March 2019. Previously these arrangements had been for three and two years respectively.
On 15 March 2018, a Delegated Executive Decision (DED) by the Director of Policy and Resources had agreed to a one year extension of the Strategic Community Arts and Events grants payments, for the 2018/19 financial year. The previous funding agreements had been due to expire on 31 March 2018. The DED had also agreed to conduct a review of all Community Grants payments, with recommendations going to Cabinet for implementation commencing the 2019/20 financial year.
The community grants for Strategic Community Arts and Events had originally been awarded on 9 April 2015 by a DED for funding in the 2015/16 and 2016/17 financial years to contribute to the health and wellbeing of the community and to the outcomes of the Council Plan 2014-19.
On 31 March 2016 a DED had awarded funding to Strategic Cultural Partners for three years, from 2016/17 to 2018/19. These organisations were of high importance to the District’s cultural offer, economy and environment, community health and wellbeing, and contribute to the delivery of Council Plan priorities.
Several Strategic Cultural Partners were National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs) with Arts Council England (ACE), currently receiving investment for four years (2018-22) - and were recognised as having significant national importance representing some of the best arts practice in the world.
The following proposals intended to set out a principle of maintaining levels of existing funding for community organisations, whilst making strategic investments in a number of key strategic cultural partners. This would be in place of the current system where cultural organisations were recognised on different tiers - Strategic Cultural Partners, and Strategic Community Arts and Events.
Due to their local, national and, in some cases, international, cultural significance, it was proposed that the following organisations should be included in the list of Strategic Cultural Partners along with those already recognised:-
· Kendal Mountain Festival
· Lakes Arts Festivals Ltd (Lakes Comic Arts Festival), and
· Lakes Alive.
It was proposed that Ulverston Community Enterprise (UCE) become a new Strategic Cultural Partner to assist in the development of a cultural programme at the Coronation Hall. Kendal Torchlight Carnival and The Old Laundry Theatre were recommended to also be included to recognise their importance to the local community.
It was proposed that the following Strategic Cultural Partners, as described in Appendix 2 ... view the full minutes text for item 87