To allocate Coronation Fund grants
Decision Maker: Cabinet Member Safety and Communities
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: Yes
To allocate Coronation Fund grants as follows:
1. Vision 21: £1200
Wildlife Shelters and Homes to Maintain and Enhance Cheltenham's Biodiversity
2. Nowans Community Trust (Lives of Colour): £3000
Culture Fest 2023
3. Up Hatherley Parish Council: £2175
Village Hall – creation of communal outside space
4. Leckhampton Rovers Football Club: £2000
Burrows Outdoor Seating Area
5. Cheltenham Paint Festival: £2000
Cheltenham Paint Festival 2023
6. Springbank Community Group CiC: £1250
Springbank Coronation Street Party
7. Friends of Sandford Parks (FOSP): £2000
Fitness in the Park - all-weather fitness equipment.
8. Cheltenham is Growing CIC: £1250
Community Growing project to support the food pantries and food network
9. Benhall Residents' Association: £2250
Little Libraries and Bulbs for Biodiversity - freestanding weatherproof boxes for books, puzzles, tools, and litter picking equipment.
10. 10th Cheltenham Scout Group: £2250
Transforming Scout Hut into Community Hub
11. Gas Green Youth and Community Centre: £1500
Replacement of kitchen appliances.
12. Charlton Kings Parish Council: £550
Lynch Lane Coronation Pond project
13. Cheltenham Midsummer Fiesta: £1775
Midsummer Fiesta 2023
14. Cheltenham Alliance for Race Equity: £2064
My Voice schools competition
15. SPJARA (St Philip & St James Area Residents' Association) : £1000
Bath Road Environmental Improvement
16. The Bottle of Sauce: £2000
Creation of the Bottle of Sauce Canteen Arts & Performance Space
17. Friends of Elmfield: £1750
Living Cheltenham - supply pollinator friendly plants, bird & bat boxes, tub pond kits & wildlife identification to the community.
Reasons for the decision:
The council made available £30,000 to allocate to local good causes to help the town celebrate and commemorate the Coronation. Grants of up to £3,000 were available on a match-funding basis for longer- term projects that helped to deliver these key themes:
- Using the opportunity of the Coronation to bring people together, connecting people to foster new relationships and celebrating our diverse communities.
- Using the opportunity of the Coronation to help improve the bio-diversity of Cheltenham green spaces and natural environment
- Using the opportunity of the Coronation to help make Cheltenham a place where all our children and young people have the opportunity to thrive.
The Coronation Fund was open for applications from 20th March to 27th April 2023. An assessment panel met on 17 May 2023 to assess the 23 Coronation Fund applications received and to make recommendations to the Cabinet Member Safety and Communities. The panel comprised the Cabinet Member Safety and Communities; Angela Gilbert from Gloucestershire Rural Community Council and Richard Gibson, Corey McIntyre and Helen Down from the Communities and Place Division.
Reasons for the recommendations
The Coronation Fund applications received were for a total of over £58,114 from a budget of £30,000. The criteria for assessing the bids were:
- How the project will bring people together, connecting people to foster new relationships and celebrating our diverse communities.
- How the project will help improve the bio-diversity of Cheltenham green spaces and natural environment
- How the project will help make Cheltenham a place where all our children and young people have the opportunity to thrive
- The project’s value for money in terms of its benefits versus the amount of grant requested
The panel identified 17 applications that met the criteria and recommended these for approval. The total sum awarded was £30,014.
Alternative options considered:
Other reasons / organisations consulted
Contact: Helen Down, Team Leader - Participation and Engagement Email: [email protected].
Publication date: 25/05/2023
Date of decision: 25/05/2023
Effective from: 08/06/2023