Louth Town Councillors met last Tuesday evening to resolve upon grant awards for local groups in next year’s Town Council budget.
As reported, councillors met for a Governance and Finance Committee meeting on November 17, after the matter was deferred from the previous week.
Councillors voted against an early proposal by Coun Watson to hold the discussions in closed session, after which she reiterated her concerns that the council did not have enough ‘spare money’ to justify giving out grants at this moment in time.
Nevertheless, councillors voted to give out grants to the following charities and community groups:
• £250 to the new Louth Croquet Club, based in Charles Street, for the purchase of equipment;
• £200 to Louth Old Boys Football Club for the purchase of match footballs;
• £200 to the Louth Additional Needs Group for equipment and sensory bags (conditional upon production of a constitution);
• £100 to the Nichols Youth Project towards the purchase of seating;
• £500 to Louth Run For Life, for general running costs;
• £100 to Louth Town Football Club, towards the purchase of a strimmer (subject to clarification of future security of grounds);
• £200 to Louth Men’s Shed for the purchase of a computer-programmable woodworking router;
• £500 to Louth and District Help For Homeless, to make loans/grants for tenancy deposits and pay towards court expenses.
Following a recorded vote, a further £800 was granted to LouthXSports towards the creation of a skate park in the town (turn to page seven for more).
The resolutions for a total of £2,850 in grant funding will be adopted by the Town Council in due course.
The Committee decided that late applications from the Louth and District Seniors Forum, Louth and District Concert Society, and Spout Yard Park Management Company were not considered for grant funding.
It was also decided that no awards ought to be made to the Louth and District Fuchsia Society, Louth Navigation Trust, or the Zero Degrees Chorus.
A £1,000 grant request from the Louth Thirteen Plus Project was discussed in closed session , after Coun Leonard told fellow councillors there were “issues which should be brought to light”, adding that it would be “grossly inappropriate” to discuss them in open session due to their confidential nature.
The Town Clerk later confirmed that the Committee had decided not to award any grant money to the Louth Thirteen Plus Project at present.