Four Bedford Borough charitable and voluntary organisations are to share £47,000 in grants.
The Trustees of the House of Industry Estate Management Committee rapidly approved the grants yesterday (June 15) without comments or questions
LibDem councillor Henry Vann (De Parys Ward), said: “Obviously we’re going through these very quickly. But just to say that I find that the briefing and the information on what each organisation does, and their interaction with areas within the council, can attest to the work that they do.
“So I just wanted to make that comment so that it’s noted,” he added.
Committee chair, councillor Christine McHugh (LibDems, Goldington Ward) said: “Thank you, absolutely we’re going through them quickly.
“But the paperwork is thorough, and I’ve been assured everyone’s read the paperwork, so we are giving it due consideration.”
The committee agreed to grant £20,000 to Fun 4 young People (F4YP), £1,428 to Families United Network (FUN), £8,500 to Progressability.org and £17,075 to Family Groups (Bedford).
The total awarded was £47,003.
The committee also noted that an award of £5,000 was made to FACES from the 2022/23 budget under delegated authority.
It also noted an award of £15,000 made to the Beyond Detention (formerly Yarl’s Wood Befrienders} was not claimed within the normal two-year period.
A spokesperson for Beyond Detention told the Bedford Independent that a substantial part of the grant had been claimed in line with the terms.
“The remainder of the grant was claimed last week,” said the spokesperson.
by John Guinn
Local Democracy Reporter with
additional reporting by Erica Roffe