The person in charge of giving out grants to non-profit-making organisations and charities is Tory Councillor Simon Smith – however decisions on grants isn’t normally a party political process. In fact Simon had a? small advisory group of councillors from various parties and it was one of the very few meetings where the Tories were not in the majority. As it happens it was a very amicable meeting and you can download the results here.
The Citizens Advice Bureau used to get a large grant but now instead receives funding from the District as part of an advice services contract. The Rayleigh , Rochford and District? Association for? Voluntary Service who act as an umbrella organisation receives a? figure of? ?15000, and another ?20,000? was shared among? 20 other groups, who received between ?476? and ?1500. Some organisations applied and did not receive anything.
To apply for a grant, there is quite a bit of form-filling to do. The proposed use for the money has to be specified, and the organisations’ financial accounts have to be sent to RDC. The use must benefit residents in our district.
Out of the overall 20 groups, 4 groups received ?1500 (the maximum figure you can apply for):
- 4th? Rochford? Scout Group – towards cost of scout hall extension
- Old People’s? Welfare? Committee for Rochford and? District – towards purchasing new chairs for day centre.
- Rochford Bowling Club – towards maintenance of bowling green.
- Rayleigh Age Concern – to replace the existing toilets at? the Todman Centre.
4 groups applied for slightly less than ?1500, but received the full amount they asked for:
- Carers Choices – ?1414 – dementia training sessions
- Southend Achievement Through Football – ?1350 – project in Rochford
- Rochford District Schools Partnership -?1300 – towards cost of supplying an educational psychologist and a support worker.
- Equal People Performing Arts (formerly the Mushroom Centre) – ?1460 – for 6 conference tables and a projector.