Our council gives grants to community groups, sports groups etc as I'm sure most do. I am aware that we cannot give grants to churches or pay the wages of anyone other than Council employees but are there any other restrictions? We are updating our policy and would like to ensure it's correct.
Secondly, we have just received a grant application and it does not sit well with me. We have a community group called The Grub Club. They meet once a month for lunch, so basically a social/networking meeting. They have decided to do a fundraiser in aid of the local food bank, which is of course very commendable. They have found a caterer who is doing the lunches at cost but they are selling the lunches at that price. They have sent in a grant application for the cost of the lunches. So basically the money raised will be what they get from their raffle. To me, if someone is doing a fundraiser they should take their expenses from the money raised and donate what's left. This group is asking our residents to fund a nice lunch for the people going, who will then say 'look what we raised for charity'. Is there any advice about supporting someone else's fundraiser? To be fair to my council I don't think this application will be supported, but I would like to put something in place to stop such applications if possible.