Prudhoe Town Council launched Grant Aid 2020-21 in January, with the expectation that awards would be agreed at the Ordinary Meeting in March.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, decisions on Grant Aid were put on hold, with the exception of those groups directly supporting in the community as a result of COVID-19.
The Town Council agreed to delegate decisions on this interim Grant Aid to a small group of Councillors, to aid speedy support.
The following awards were made:
Following an application from Friends of Eastwood Park, in relation to the Miners Lamp Café and Community Hub, it was AGREED to award a grant of £3,000 to support the continued, increased demand of their Food Bank. (Please note Cllr Russ Greig declared an interest and therefore was not part of the delegated decision consultation).
Following an application from Tynedale Hospice at Home, it was AGREED to award a grant of £3,000 to help them continue to keep services running to support local people and families during this crisis. Demand has increased for home-based palliative care and pre- and post-bereavement and emotional support.
Other awards were made from the Youth Provision budget, but as a direct response to COVID-19:
Following an application from Mortal Fools Theatre Company, it was AGREED to award a grant of £750 to help towards core funding so they could continue to support young people during the current crisis, including redesigning activities for online delivery.
Further Grants were awarded to Prudhoe East Youth Centre (not at East) to help encourage young people to create time capsules – £250 and later £330 for virtual craft sessions.
Stomping Grounds Forest School received £320 to run a weekly, (virtual) stories, songs and camp fire crafts, the later £2,414 to run an outreach summer programme for 12 funded young people.
Friends of Eastwood Park, in relation to the Miners Lamp Café and Community Hub, received a contribution of £1,500 towards feeding families over the summer.
In July, Prudhoe Town Council reopened Grant Aid. Applications were received at the September meeting. It was AGREED that unspent funding in the Youth Provision budget (£14,438) be made available for live Grant Aid decisions for 2020/21, increasing the total budget available for Grant Aid.
The following awards were agreed: