Burnham-on-Sea & Highbridge Town Council

21st September 2020 Finance & Resources Report 7.

Purpose of Report

To review the rapid Covid grant and agree any amendments


On the 27th April the F& R committee agreed the rapid Covid grants process under delegated authority 17/20/F&R.

The amounts awarded up until the 7th September 2020:

£500.00           –           Highbridge and Burnham Covid 19 Group

£632.50           –           Morland Hall

£500.00           –           Marie Curie

£2,000.00        –           Somewhere House

£3,362.50        –           Total

The total amount set aside for the winter rapid Covid grant is £3,000. The previous rapid Covid grant did not have a set limit and was reviewed regularly to ensure that the grants budget was not exceeded. The application process had two options to apply up to £500 or up to £2,000.

The use of online application forms allowed a rapid completion and response, but still successfully covered the information we are required to request.  

There were two options to apply, either a small grant of less than £500, or larger grants to £2,000. It was agreed that we must set values to both spread the benefit and still make the value significantly useful.

There are currently two application forms; one requiring more detailed than the other to reflect the increased amounts. The application for small grants is less involved than that for larger grants.

All applications received are initially assessed (by RFO), to ensure they meet the criteria, then they are sent to the Town Clerk so that she can seek all councillors’ input. As speed of response has been important, comments that aren’t forthcoming have not been chased and we have used the delegation authority agreed under 48/20/TC to make payments.

Financial implications

£3,000.00 winter rapid grants budget


  • As the amount set for the winter Rapid Covid Grants is a total of £3,000, the Council might want to reduce the options and only invite applications for the lower amount of £500. This will enable the relatively small rapid grant pot of £3,000 to be spread across more groups, with the aim of bringing a wider benefit. It is proposed that only one application per group within a 2-month period is permitted, unless expressly agreed otherwise by the council (through the existing delegated process).
  • It is suggested that this grant scheme is in place from 1st October – 15th March (or earlier if the budget is all allocated prior to the end date).  
  • Any funds remaining from the usual grants process, as agreed on 21st September, might be added to the winter Rapid COVID Grants.

Report author:          Sally Jones

Report Date:               9th September 2020

Records Retention Schedule

Financial Risk Management Policy - March 2023

Grant Application Kings Coronation Form

The Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III will take place on Saturday 6th May 2023, with an additional bank holiday on Monday 8th May 2023.

We are keen to hear from groups/organisations in Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge that are looking to celebrate the Coronation. The Town Council has £1500 available to allocate to events being organised to celebrate the Kings Coronation. The maximum grant to be allocated per event will be £500.

You must meet the following criteria for your application to be considered:

– The event will be open to all members of the public

– The event will be free of charge

– The event will take place within the Coronation weekend

– The event will take place within Burnham on Sea or Highbridge


Applications will close on Monday 6th March at midday. 

Your organisation and contact details

What happens next....
Applications will be considered at the Finance and Resources Committee Meeting on Monday 13th March 2023. You will be notified after this date whether your application has been successful.
Burnham & Highbridge Town Council takes your privacy seriously and will only use your personal information for the purposes of contacting you about this grant. The Council’s privacy notice can be found here.

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