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East Dorset District Council to consider grants to community organisations

By mbarber  |  Posted: January 14, 2014

East Dorset District Council.

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COMMUNITY groups will soon find out if they have been lucky enough to secure funds from East Dorset District Council.

The authority’s community committee will decide on grants amounting to more than £255,000 to community groups and organisations working in partnership with the council at their meeting on 21 January.

The grants are recommendations from a Task and Finish Group which has looked at all of the grants previously awarded under three-year service levels agreements with the organisations. Those grants are now up for renewal and the Task and Finish Group has considered each of them.

Criteria used include whether the group runs a service or building on behalf of the council; whether the group provides a service complementary to the council’s corporate objectives and which otherwise the council would have to provide itself; how critical the funding is to the delivery of the service or building; and how critical the service provided by the group is to the community.

Councillor Barbara Manuel, chairman of the Task and Finish Group, said: “These are very difficult times for local authorities and we have to be very careful about how our reduced funds are spent. However, we are aware that many community groups do excellent work for our residents with limited resources.

“By applying our criteria we believe we have come up with a fair way of assessing the level of grant we are prepared to commit to each of the community groups. We understand that there will be some groups who may be disappointed to learn that we are recommending reduced funding, but all of the organisations will be able to apply for small grants for specific projects.”

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