Holme Valley Parish Council makes reasonable budget provision for the award of grants. In the current financial year (2020-21) £10,000 is available through the Council’s Finance & Management Committee towards community projects, events and festivals. Further funds are available through the Council’s Service Provision Committee towards Christmas provision, youth facilities, war memorials, CCTV, defibrillators and activities or projects relating to transport. The Community Assets Committee oversees buildings and services that have been transferred from Kirklees Council, the Civic Hall, The public toilets and soon to include Honley Library. In addition to supporting these buildings the Community Assets Committee also seek to support community groups with funding for building repair as well as some projects. Over the past two years this has been a growing funding stream.
The Council can only award grants using certain legal powers; specific powers allow the Council to provide funding for specific activities or projects which Members feel will be of benefit to the Holme Valley, e.g. grants to a sport club, for a music festival or towards community celebrations of special events (such as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee supported by the Council in 2012 and the Tour de France in 2014) and World War 1 commemorations (2018-19). Where no other power is available, the Council may decide to use its power under Section 137 of the Local Government Act 1972, to award a grant where it feels that to do so will benefit some or all of its residents or some or all of the area. The critical words are some or all – in both cases. This means that grants to individuals are not feasible and grants where the activity would not obviously benefit the Holme Valley are equally problematic – however worthy Members of the Council may feel the project to be.
The Clerk is happy to advise on which category their grant application will fall into but we have simplified the process by having one application form for all and one set of criteria. All grant applications are considered by the appropriate Committee having been assessed by the clerk. The applications and any supporting documentation ( in this current year) must be received at least 10 days before a meeting to allow the Clerk to check that the relevant grants criteria has been met. From next year , April 2021 to April 2022 the grant applications will be considered at two occasions during the year, September and February, so that they can be assessed against each other for relative merit.
In July 2020, the Parish Council introduced a new form for "Expressions of Interest in Future Funding Opportunities" -to give community asset and community service projects a way of highlighting to the Council their projects' future development plans and the associated funding required to deliver those plans. This will allow the Council to have a clearer, longer term picture of its own financial planning needs with regard to support for key community projects.