Helping organisation with my The Councillor’s Community Chest

Each year every Cornwall Councillor has a small pot off money to help local organisations with small grants. This grant can either be for individual projects or just for matched-funded.

Last year my pot of money helped these organisations and projects:

Applicant Project Amount
The Mike Edwards Fund Defibrillator £400
Helston Business Improvement Partnership Helston Christmas Town Centre Events £250
Porthleven Food & Music Festival Porthleven Food & Music Festival £500
Porthleven Town Council Preacher Steps Safety £277.16
Porthleven & Sithney Guisseny Twinning Assoc Breton Twinning Visit £300
Porthleven Community Group Skate Park Project £467.84
Total £2195

This fund has now been replenished and there is a total amount of £2000 available. This can be applied for between £100 and £1,000. Project costs of up to £500 are 100% fundable, but projects over £500 you can only apply for a maximum of 75% of the total project costs. The closing date for applications is Feb 2016.

Grants are not normally offered retrospectively to fill unexpected funding gaps i.e. the project should not begin before a community chest application has been approved. Repeat funding for supporting established public events and newsletters is permitted but the provision of funding does not indicate that future funding will be given Furthermore, grants are intended to support specific project costs only and not to be used for an organisation’s running costs.

The grant can be used for most things, but the grant cannot be used for include; retrospective funding to fill funding gaps not identified before project commencement; salary or routine administration costs; Political activities, lobbying or campaigning; Exclusively religious activities (although faith groups may receive funding for community development or self-help activities. In this case the application must show that the project will bring wider community benefit and that the primary purpose of the activity is not religious). Projects which in the assessment of Cornwall Council show actual or potential unlawful discrimination within the terms of the Equality Act 2010; Statutory activities/requirements; hospitality (catering and refreshment costs) and applications from individual commercial organisations.

So if your project has a connection to my electorial division please fell free to get in touch. Remember every Cornwall Councillor has this pot of funding.

 

12 comments

  • Fred

    You gave money to the Helston Business Improvement partnership while they still have funds they haven’t spent from Helston and while Helston TC can’t even seem to pay for basics and have spending out of control. Even the poorest on means tested benefits have to pay Cornwall Council tax and you give money like that away.

  • Gill Zella Martin

    I think they were all very worthwhile projects that money was given for.
    I think it is just a shame that it is not a statutory obligation for all Cornwall Councillors to widely publicise the availability of the grants and information to whom the grants were allocated. With the majority of councillors one has to request the information.

  • Gill Zella Martin

    Fred, just for the record, I believe you will find that any unspent monies the HBIP had last Christmas were ring-fenced, and could not be transferred to the Christmas projects. I think Councillor Andrew Wallis was right to support Helston and Porthleven projects as his electoral division covers both Porthleven and Helston West.

  • Fred

    Gill, The Cllr is a member of the BIP so he’s given money away to a group he belongs to. the BIP isn’t Helston West anyway its based in the town.
    Who went on the Breton twinning visit, the cllr?

  • Fred

    Gill the Cllr belongs to the BIP so he’s given money to a group he belongs to so wouldn’t you say he has an interest in that?

  • Fred

    Who went on the twinning visit? The Cllr?

  • Andrew Wallis

    I am a member of the BIP as the make up of the board has two Cornwall Councillors on it. I am one of the two. I quite happily gave to the Helston Christmas Lights appeal, as the work they do it fantastic – though I am not part of this group.

    As for the twinning, this is important to Portleven and their Breton friends. I have never been on a twinning trip. Furthermore, no-one went on the trip, as the Bretons came to Porthleven. Again, like the lights, I am more than happy to support this group in their aims.

  • Andrew Wallis

    Ask the twinning committee (which I am not a member of)

  • Andrew Wallis

    It is not a personal interest, or a precurnary interest. Furthermore, when I approved the grant, I declared I was part of the HBIP.

  • Gill Zella Martin

    Fred, In answer to your question directed to me, no, I would not say Councillor Andrew Wallis has a prejudicial interest in the HBIP. He is only a member of it as representation and in a capacity as a councillor, he has nothing whatsoever to gain personally from awarding them funding. On your theory, it would mean he had an interest in anything any of his constituents belong to or are involved with, because as a councillor he represents everyone in Porthleven and Helston West!

  • Fred

    Gill, don’t you notice the councilor gives the most money to something that benefits children and he’s the cabinet member for children.

  • Gill Zella Martin

    Fred, I know my maths are not up to much, but I would have said the largest allocation of money was the £500 given to the Porthleven food and music festival. This not only benefitted all ages but also in turn benefitted other good causes by money raised. Furthermore, out of all the money allocated, only the skate park could be considered basically for young people. If you live in Helston West or Porthleven there is nothing preventing you applying for something that meets the criteria!

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