Agenda and draft minutes

Exeter Grants Programme Panel - Friday 24th January 2020 10.00 am

Venue: Yaroslavl Room, Civic Centre, Paris Street, Exeter. View directions

Contact: Dawn Rivers, Programme Manager - Communities  Tel: 01392 265531 or email

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Overview of progress since the launch of Grants website November 2019 pdf icon PDF 71 KB

Dashboard to be available at meeting.


The new digital grants programme had been well received, with positive feedback from many groups who have used the platform.  We have received record numbers of application for grants since the launch of the platform in November.


Dashboard attached giving information on all grant applications and grants awarded to date.



Recommendations and decision making for Community Buildings Fund

To support running costs of community centres run by community organisations.  Maximum £5,000 per year, £15,000 over a three year period

9x applications

Total request £42,000


Nine applications were submitted.  The following grants were agreed by the Panel.  No applications were turned down.


Community Building Fund Annual Total £150,000

Maximum Grant: £5,000 payable up-to 3 years. (50% match required)

Total requested £42,000: If all approved balance = £108,000


Applied For


Wonford Community & Learning Centre Limited



Exeter Communities Together - Exwick Community Centre



Alphington Community Association- Community Centre

 £ 5,000


Sylvania Play & Community Facility Association – Sylvania Hall



Topsham Community Association- Matthews Hall

 £ 5,000


Newcourt Community Association- Community Centre

 £  5,000


The Club- Friends Place

 £ 5,000


St Sidwell's Community Centre

 £ 5,000


Age UK Exeter – Cowick Street Centre








Recommendations and decision making for Large Grants Fund

2x applications

Total request £80,000


Four applications were received.  Two applications were rejected by officers as they did not meet the minimum criteria.


More information was requested from two applicants that were assessed by the Panel.  Community Officers to follow up to give more information and advice.




Ward Grants


The Panel were informed that the maximum grant amount was £500 with a total of £65,000 available in 2019/20.  £23,444 had been granted out so far.


Strategic Fund


Two applications were received with a total request of £160,000

Total awarded £150,000 as follows:


Exeter Community Centre – awarded £80,000 towards refurbishment of top floor.


Park Life Heavitree - awarded £70,000 towards community hub and café in Heavitree Pleasure Ground.



Small Grants fund


The Panel were informed that 12 applications had been received and would be considered at the Small Grants Panel to be held on 30 January 2020.


Move More Grants


Not open as yet and waiting for sign off from Sport England and the Sport England Local Delivery Pilot Board.


Any Other Business


There was no other business.


Dates of Meetings 2020:

·         Friday 27 March

·         Thursday 21 May

·         Thursday 23 July

·         Thursday 24 September

·         Wednesday 25 November

·         Thursday 28 January 2021


The dates of future meetings were noted.