More than half of Honiton council grant applicants do not meet the criteria

Honiton Town Council will next week consider grant allocations for 2020.

However, of the 14 applications received just six meet the required criteria.

In total, the applicants are seeking grants amounting to £23,430.

Of those that meet the council’s requirements, a total of £11,480 is being sought. The sum does not include an application from the Citizens Advice Bureau, because the council has budgeted an amount of £1,600 to support the service.

In a report circulated to councillors, it is noted that newly formed organisations have made applications. Without a set of accounts, bank details or a constitution, the applicants may not ‘satisfy the auditors that all grants have been provided to properly constituted organisations’.

A further applicant is located outside of the parish boundary.

The council developed a new grants policy last year and has £12,000 set aside for allocation in addition to the cash for Citizens Advice.

Among those seeking grants are TRIP, Honiton Millennium Green, Honiton Health Matters and Hospiscare Day Hospice.

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