Grant Aid for voluntary sector organisations for 2012/13 is announced11:36, 05 Mar 2012
Allocations for voluntary sector
Up to £2.14m in grant aid support for voluntary sector organisations across Nottinghamshire for 2012/13 has been agreed by the County Council.
This means that grant aid has not only been maintained at 2011/12 levels but has been increased by a further £50,000 for the next two years.
An advisory panel made up of County Councillors from all political parties considered each grant aid application on its own merits, taking into account whether they meet the Council’s current priorities.
For the first time the majority of the grants have been awarded over a three-year period, giving organisations greater security.
Of those organisations who applied for grant aid, 58 have had their funding maintained at 2011/12 levels, 31 organisations, have had their funding increased and 13 have their funding reduced. In addition, 28 new groups are being allocated a grant.
Councillor Martin Suthers, the Deputy Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, said: "We have reviewed our grant aid allocations to ensure they meet the Council’s current priorities.
"Our new three-year grants give voluntary groups greater security and the ability to plan their future budgets, which addresses a concern that the sector has raised with us.
"The grant aid picture for 2012/13 is similar to this year as most groups who currently receive a grant will receive the same or more and we have awarded grants to 28 new groups.
"Our overall grant aid pot has increased by £50,000 this year and we also provide around £25m a year through other funding to the voluntary sector to carry out work on our behalf.
"Although there is a small reduction in the third year of the three-year grants that we are awarding, this gives us plenty of time to work with these groups to help them find efficiency savings and ensure their grant is directed at the frontline.”