The Area Manager presented a report giving an update on activity of the Working Together Fund and seeking consideration of options for the future of the approach. The meeting noted that only two applications had been received, which seemed to be more suited to funding support from Section 106 money or the Ward Alliance Fund and so were being progressed accordingly. Members expressed disappointment that initial expressions of interest had not resulted in formal applications and that Members needed to work through their networks to promote the Fund more vigorously. The need for greater promotion of the Fund, through Facebook and the community magazine was also discussed.
(i) that the Penistone Working Together Fund continue in 2016/17 with a total allocation of £120,000 and on similar criteria, as set out at section 3 of the report;
(ii) that the need for more active promotion of the Fund, including through Facebook and the community magazine, be agreed, with Members making contact with appropriate community organisations to promote the fund; and
(iii) that the Area Manager convene the grants panel to consider the outstanding application in order that this might then subsequently progress to be considered for Ward Alliance funding, if appropriate.