Exeter City Council: Review of Community and Arts Grants
We launched a review of the current grants programme in April 2018 to help us to develop future policy. Red Quadrant were contracted to undertake the initial engagement and consultation exercises with elected members, community groups and organisations as well as other key stakeholders to find out about what works well now and what we could improve in future.
The review started in July 2018 with an engagement and listening exercise which informed a draft policy for discussion with members later in the year. Thank you to everyone who has taken part in this process so far.
We are proposing to change the way that grants are administered and funded in Exeter. The draft policy brings together proposals for the council’s future grant investment in the city to ensure we focus our resource on what matters most - working together on the key challenges faced by our city. It represents an exciting and bold step forward in how we can work with our voluntary and community sector colleagues to co-design and co-create a shared view of how to address the needs of development in our city.
In the last decade we have seen a 60% reduction in our grant from central government. During this time we have continued to offer community and arts grants from General Fund sources. We are now facing further reductions, including a £3.9million revenue budget reduction for 2019/20.
To protect essential front line services, there is a need to reduce the General Fund budget for community and arts grants of £500,000 by end of 20/21. It is clear we need a long term sustainable funding that makes better use of other funding streams such as the New Homes Bonus and Neighbourhood portion of the Community Infrastructure Levy.
The draft policy is now available and will go through a period of formal public consultation from 20 March to 1 May 2019.
A final report and recommendations on future policy will go through the democratic process in July 2019.
How can you take part in the formal consultation?
There are lots of ways to get involved and we will promote these through our website, press releases, social media and the local community networks.
- We will be running an online survey and encouraging as many people as possible to complete it (see link below). Please promote the survey link to your networks
- If your organisation or group has received any kind of grant from us in the last 2 to 3 years, you will be invited to participate in focus groups and on-line surveys
- If your organisation is one of our key strategic partners we will arrange a follow up meeting or telephone interview to understand your views on future opportunities to join up our work in the future
- If you are an Elected Member of the Council you will be invited by Red Quadrant to take part in a discussion group
For further information or to register your interest in participating in the review please contact Communities@exeter.gov.uk or call us on 01392 265531