Have you benefitted from grant-in aid?

Mansfield District Council would like to hear from members of the public who have benefited from the work of organisations in receipt of grant-in-aid funding.

The Council has agreed to take fresh decisions about the method it uses to allocate grant-in-aid funding (a decision originally taken in November 2010) and the amount it allocates in its budgets for grant-in-aid (a decision originally taken in January 2011).

Before the decisions are taken, the Council would like to get an understanding of how local residents have benefited from the work of grant-in-aid funded organisations and how a reduction in grants to these organisations has or would affect them.

The Council has already written directly to all grant-in-aid recipients, including organisations and individuals, to seek their views.

Organisations awarded grant-in-aid funding in recent years have include Arts around Mansfield, Homestart Mansfield, Mansfield and District Neighbourhood Watch, Mansfield Arthritis Support Group, Mansfield CAB, Mansfield CVS, Notts Unemployed Workers Centre and Cruse Bereavement Care.

Although it is a non-statutory service, Mansfield District Council has provided financial support to numerous organisations and individuals through grant-in-aid funding over many years.

The amount the Council gave out in grant-in-aid support was reduced from £110,470 in 2009/10 to £60,470 in 2010/11. It was originally proposed to maintain the £60,470 grant-in-aid allocation for the forthcoming financial year.

Anyone who would like to take part in the consultation should visit the website, www.mansfield.gov.uk/giaconsultation to complete the service user impact and equality monitoring form.

A full list of all the organisations to receive grant-in-aid funding in the last two years can also be viewed on the website.

The closing date for the consultation is Monday 28th March and the decisions will be taken in April.