The Area Council Manager updated Members regarding the North Area Council Stronger Communities Grant, including the application and allocation process; the outcome of the grant panel meeting and projects approved for funding; unallocated funding for 2016/17 (£29,766) and the performance management and monitoring arrangements for successful projects. It was felt that there is a need to ensure tight criteria and a robust scoring process for funding future projects. Panel Members were thanked for their involvement in the process.
(i) Members note the NAC Stronger Communities Grant Update together with the outcome and learning from the evaluation and approval process (as amended), projects approved for funding and performance and monitoring arrangements.
(ii) The remainder of the funding (£29,766) will be rolled over into the grant allocation for 2016/17.
(iii) A workshop will be organised to refine the guidance notes and approval process. This will need to provide clear instruction to applicants with regard to year-on-year applications from the same organisation.