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Cash rich parish council on the hunt for grant bids

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 22, 2014

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A PARISH council in Burton is on the lookout for groups keen to accept funding after it was found to have stockpiled too much money.

Brizlincote Parish Council has amassed three times its precept – the money collected from taxpayers – over the years, and has been advised that it should distribute grants if it does not want to miss out on this funding in future.

It has left the authority wondering how to attract suitable candidates for donations, which councillors said had always been a problem in the past.

Council chairman Canon Geoffrey Willett said at the latest meeting: "Considering the history of our grant making we have great aspirations, but seldom find the right opportunity.

"Do we wish to encourage more people to appeal for grants?"

The authority received £14,800 for this financial year, according to papers from East Staffordshire Borough Council.

The area covered by Brizlincote does not include any public buildings, so grants are considered on the basis of how many people from the area would benefit from the service which is making the grant.

A recent bid from Holy Rosary Church, in Stapenhill, was turned down as councillors did not believe it would benefit a large enough number of people in the area.

Successful grants have included a youth project called Extreme, and Brizfest.

Councillor Graham Lomas said he was concerned people were put off making applications because the bid suggests that only groups or organisations can apply. However, the parish clerk explained this could not be altered. Grants can only go to groups which have a committee and a bank account in the name of the organisation.

Councillor Arthur Goldstraw said he thought that was right, adding: "We raise a precept which is paid by the residents of Brizlincote and it's important any of that money paid out complies with the rules."

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