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17 May 2005
Minutes of the Community Initiatives Committee
Tuesday 17th May 2005
Malone Lodge Hotel, Belfast
Present: Mr Michael Wardlow (Chair); Ms Libby Keyes; Mr Barney Devine; Ms Maura Muldoon.
Apologies: Ms Jane Leonard; Dr David Stevens
In Attendance: Dr Duncan Morrow (CEO); Ms Jacqueline Irwin (DCEO); Ms Michaela Mackin (Director, Funding and Development); Mr Paul Jordan (Assistant Director, Funding and Development); Ms Alison Montgomery (Core Funding Officer)
Observer: Ms Jane Corderoy (CRU)
Minutes of the previous meeting were agreed
No Matters arising were noted
CR/CD Grant Scheme
Mr Jordan spoke to this paper which was followed by a discussion by committee members.
Members had a number of questions regarding the running of the CR/CD Grants Scheme, these were;
1. What percentage of grants goes to organisations outside of Belfast?
2. To what extent do groups plan?
3. What role or input is there of CRO's.
Staff confirmed that approx 45% of small grants go to organisations outside Belfast.
It was highlighted that that the small grants programme involves a significant developmental support element in terms of working up applications, but that the work of groups is no longer as ad hoc as might previously have been the case.
There was discussion on the role and/or input of CRO's. Mr Jordan confirmed that CRC takes on funding of projects which CRO's find difficult to have passed through council structures; he also advised that CRC is able to look at projects on a regional basis. Ms Mackin advised that not all CRO's distribute their available funding through the grant scheme but rather ear mark some for training. There was further discussion on how CRC might better connect with CRO's and members were advised that Derrick Matthews in CRU is taking this forward.
Dr Morrow advised that he considered the CR/CD grant scheme to be a “brilliant grant scheme” which enables things to happen which would not otherwise take place. He stressed that it is a value - rather than politically - led process, noting the difference between the CRC programme and that of Local Council Programmes (which have a more politicised and cliental approach). He stressed the value of the links it provides to grass roots organisations and the importance of its developmental and engaged focus.
He contested that the value of the relationships and development that result from the scheme far outweigh its cost. He reminded members that a history of receipt of grant aid from smaller grants programmes is almost a prerequisite of core funding.
Ms Keyes highlighted that small grants have made an enormous difference in rural areas.
Members agreed that the importance of small granting is an important case which needs to be made using an evidence based approach and measuring against 2.5% efficiency savings and other policies.
ACTION: Ms Mackin and Mr Jordan agreed to prepare a paper which would be used to provide the basis for further clarity on the impact of the small grants scheme. This would be available for the December meeting.
Ms Mackin informed members that the Funding & Development Programme team have been reflecting upon emerging themes, including changes in the type of sectors/projects supported through the Grant scheme over the previous year. Mr Jordan advised of the changing themes for the CR/CD Grant Scheme - with less demand for churches work and training and an increased focus on looking at the issue of racism.
Core Funding Programme
Ms Montgomery spoke to this paper. Ms Corderoy provided an update from CRU as to the progress of the Review of the Core Funding Programme which remains an on-going process.
AOB (paper CIC17/05/05/AOB refers)
Virement and Clawback
Given the time constraints and the fact that a full discussion with Council has still to take place, it was agreed that Shared Future would be addressed at a later date.
Evaluation Process with Funded Groups
Members were joined by Derick Wilson and Karin Eyben of Future Ways to discuss issues arising from their external evaluation of organisations supported by the Core Funding Programme (Paper CIC25/02/05/004A refers)
There was extensive discussion around issues relating to evaluation and to Future Ways' overview report, the points of which are noted below:
There is a need to decide the direction CRC and the CFP are going to take, but whichever the direction there remains a need to be deliberate about core being core.
ACTION: Programme staff and management to look at how these issues might be taken forward and revert to committee.
Self Evaluation Workshop with Future Ways
As part of CRC's pilot process on self evaluation, Future Ways outlined their proposed approach and progress to date with the funded groups involved in the pilot.
The remainder of the meeting was in the form of a workshop with committee members as participants and Future Ways as facilitators looking at themes and possibilities for learning within the CIC.
Date of Next Meeting:
9 September 2005
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