Decision details

Voluntary Sector Core Revenue Grants 2019/20

Decision Maker: Executive Member for Culture, Resources and Public Protection

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Approval for the distribution of the voluntary sector core grants.


1.    Grant funding be awarded for 2019/20 as set out in the table below with a reduction in grant to Shopmobility as shown.




2018/19 Awarded




Citizens Advice

















2.    The Head of Transformation and Engagement be given delegated authority to enter into Conditions of Grant agreements in respect of the grant funding.


Reasons for the decision:

Bracknell Forest Council has historically provided revenue funding to its major local partners within the voluntary sector under the general power of competence created by the Localism Act 2011. These grants subsidise their core overheads to enable them to carry out functions which contribute to the council’s objectives. 


The level of grant to Involve and Citizens Advice is maintained. The grant to Shopmobility is reduced to £9,800 (a reduction of £9,850). This reduction reflects the levels of demand plus the increased opportunity to generate revenue for Shopmobility since the opening of The Lexicon. The total core grants budget stands at £283,950 in 2019/20; Annex A provides a financial analysis.


The level of funding in 2019/20 has been approved by Council as part of the overall budget decision on 27 February 2019.

Alternative options considered:

The council is not under any statutory duty to continue to provide the same level of financial support to its local voluntary sector partners.

Interests and Nature of Interests Declared:


Reason Key: Affects more than 1 ward;

Wards Affected: (All Wards);

Financial Impact: None - detailed in report.

Declarations: None

Subject to Urgent Proceedings: No

Making Representations: In writing to the Director: OD, Transformation and HR

Other reasons / organisations consulted




Contact: Sarah Holman, Transformation Project Manager Email: Tel: 01344 354197.

Publication date: 03/04/2019

Date of decision: 03/04/2019

Effective from: 11/04/2019

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