Dunblane and Bridge of Allan Common Good Funds

Dunblane and Bridge of Allan

Introduction

Stirling Council currently administers 4 Common Good Funds namely:

· Stirling

· Bridge of Allan

· Callander

· Dunblane

Stirling Council currently administer these Common Good funds via the Provost’s Panel which has delegated powers to determine applications for expenditure from the Com the case of each item, so long as it is applied for the benefit of the community and having regard to the interests of the inhabitants of these former burghs. This responsibility was conveyed in The Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973. In the case of the Stirling Common Good Fund the boundary is the Royal Burgh.

A copy of the guidance produced for Stirling Common Good Monies (1998) is contained in Appendix 2, and now applies equally to Bridge of Allan, Callander, and Dunblane.

Application Summary

Applications can be submitted for funds from the Common Good Fund for works/events/projects so long as these are equally accessible to/for the benefit of the local inhabitants. Applications can also be submitted for part funding of works/events/projects.

Funding will not be made available:

To Individuals;

To Organisations which are not property constituted;

To Political or Religious organisations where the purpose of the work/event/project is to develop/promote a particular political or religious viewpoint or party;

For works/events/projects which are not equally accessible to/for the benefit of the inhabitants of the former Royal Burgh of Stirling.

In submitting an application the group/organisation should ensure that the following supporting documents accompany their application:

- A copy of the constitution and rules

- A copy of the latest accounts

- A statement certified by the Group’s Treasurer indicating the current financial standing of the organisation

-Written estimates/quotations

Applications should be submitted to the Chief Officer, Governance, Viewforth, Stirling, well in advance of the start date of any works/projects/events.

Address is:

Chief Governance Officer
Stirling Council
Old Viewforth
Stirling
FK8 2ET

Appendix 2 — Or full Application process

(Note this refers to the Stirling Common Good Fund, but the process applies equally to both the Dunblane and also the Bridge of Allan Common Good Funds)

GUIDELINES AGAINST WHICH APPLICATIONS TO THE STIRLING COMMON GOOD FUND PANEL WILL BE DETERMINED

(1) Applications can be submitted for funds from the Common Good Fund for works/events/projects so long as these are equally accessible to/for the benefit of the inhabitants of the former Royal Burgh of Stirling*. Applications can also be submitted for part funding of works/events/projects.

*NOTE: Section 85 of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 states that the use of fund monies should be “in the interest of the Inhabitants” of the former Royal Burgh of Stirling.

(2) Funding will not be made available:

To Individuals;

To Organisations which are not property constituted;

To Political or Religious organisations where the purpose of the work/event/project is to develop/promote a particular political or religious viewpoint or party;

For works/events/projects which are not equally accessible to/for the benefit of the inhabitants of the former Royal Burgh of Stirling.

(3) Organisations can make more than one application in any one financial year for different activities. However, it must be stressed that, as demand increases, careful consideration will require to be given to individual applications and no guarantees can be given that any specific application will be approved.

(4) In considering applications it will be necessary to take into account the extent to which organisations/groups are prepared and able to make a financial contribution towards the proposed works/projects/event.

(5) The group/organisation must be able to demonstrate and have adequate expertise or have access to reputable resources to effectively carry out the proposed works/event/project.

(6) If funding is awarded, the organisation may be asked to acknowledge the support provided by the Stirling Common Good Fund in any promotional literature and/or publicity.

(7) After 1 month from the end of the completion of the proposed works/event/project which is being supported, the group/organisation must submit a report stating exactly how the funds were used and what benefits were derived by the inhabitants of the former Royal Burgh of Stirling.

(8) In submitting an application the group/organisation should ensure that the following supporting documents accompany their application:

- A copy of the constitution and rules

- A copy of the latest accounts

- A statement certified by the Group’s Treasurer indicating the current financial standing of the organisation

- Written estimates/quotations

(9) If a group/organisation receives funding which includes provision for the purchase of assets, equipment, etc, in connection with their application and this organisation ceases to exist then these assets or equipment etc should be returned to the Council or its successor authority to decide where to re-allocate these to the benefit of the inhabitants of the former Royal Burgh of Stirling.

(10) It is the responsibility of the group/organisation to arrange adequate insurance cover for assets and equipment purchased with monies awarded from the Fund. Proof of adequate insurance cover will require to be submitted.

(11) It is the responsibility of the group/organisation to arrange insurance cover for any proposed works/events/projects which have received support from the Fund. Proof of adequate insurance cover will require to be submitted.

(12) Generally, applications will be processed within 12 weeks but to make this possible it is important that groups/organisations include all of the information needed. In some cases it may take longer if further discussion is needed with the group/organisation or within the Council. Applications should be submitted to the Chief Officer, Governance, Viewforth, Stirling, well in advance of the start date of any works/projects/events. When an application is received the application will be submitted to a meeting of the Stirling Common Good Fund Panel in the form of a report which will include details of the application. The panel will then decide on the outcome.

(13) All groups/organisations will be informed in writing of the outcome of the application. If an application has been approved subject to any conditions the group/organisation will be advised of these and the group/organisation, or the person responsible for organising a particular work/event/project, will be required to accept these conditions in writing prior to formal approval of funding being given.

(14) When an application has been granted unconditionally (or when conditions of grant have been accepted in writing by the applicant/organisation) payment will only be made on the submission of invoices. Payments will only be made direct to the suppliers/contractors. For grants of less than £500 it may be that payments will be made to the value of the grant direct to the group/organisation’s bank account.

(15) If the cost incurred in any works/projects/events are less than the amount approved then the remainder will be retained by the Stirling Common Good Fund. If the costs incurred are higher supplementary applications will not be considered.

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I am a Chartered Member of CISI, which is the UK’s leading securities and investment professional body. Alastair Majury resides locally in Dunblane.

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Alastair Majury

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I am a Chartered Member of CISI, which is the UK’s leading securities and investment professional body. Alastair Majury resides locally in Dunblane.

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