England, North: committee decisions June 2019

Summary report of the meeting of the Committee for North held on 13 June 2019 at 10.00 a.m. at Gorton Monastery, Gorton Lane, Manchester, M12 5WF.

Members:    

  • Tiffany Hunt (Chair)
  • Ron Cooke
  • David Stocker
  • Jim Cokill
  • Niall Hammond
  • Susan Mendus
  • Humphrey Welfare
  • Stephen Welsh
  • John Williams

 

Apologies:

  • Lucy Winskell

 

Committee Business

  1. Chair’s Report

Oral

The Chair welcomed Colin Bailey, Executive Director and all the committee members and staff to the first meeting of the Committee for the North.

  1. Minutes of last committee meetings

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The Committee agreed the minutes. The minutes were signed by the Chair.

  1. Matters arising from the minutes

There were none.

  1. Corporate Update

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Colin Bailey updated the Committee on corporate activity.

The Chair added her thanks to the previous North East, North West and Yorkshire and Humber committees.

  1. Governance Review

Oral

A representative from  Campbell Tickell (the consultants supporting the Fund’s Governance Review) led a Governance workshop session.

  1. Area Director’s Report

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David Renwick, Area Director for the North introduced the Report.

Area highlights included:[DH1] 

  • The  organisation’s new name, website and branding had been successfully rolled out 
  • Completion of the recruitment and training of the North Committee
  • A successful North Team Away Day where the team discussed action plan ideas and feedback on the restructure and processes
  • A Large Grants training session had been held which included discussions and support on the new assessment process
  • Implementation of the new North area Twitter account which was managed by the Communication and Engagement teams
  • Successful recruitment to most available posts; the North team was almost at complement  
  • Meetings with local authorities, National Trust, LEPs, Arts Council and others to discuss the new SFF
  • Events attendance at Windermere Jetty and St George’s Hall Bradford with support from Committee members
  • Meetings had been scheduled in Areas of Focus, Knowsley and North East Lincolnshire
  • Surgery sessions for small grants scheduled would be taking place across all three regions
  • So far the team had received 226 project enquiries and 55 expression of interest.

There was an opportunity for Committee members to ask questions and to give feedback on the format and content of the Area overview paper either in or after the meeting.

  • The Committee noted that the budget for churches was now included in the overall budget and felt that support might be needed for the places of worship sector to help them adapt.
  • A concern was expressed over the announcement of steel works closure in Scunthorpe and that heritage was a consideration for such sites and the areas they sit within.
  1. Area Budget Report

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Ivor Crowther, Head of Investment, presented the budget position for the North.

  • The first round Committee budget for 2019/20 was £33,000,000.
  • The delegated single round applications budget for 2019/20 was £12,000,000. The current spend to date (April and May) was £741,000 with a remaining budget of £11,259,000.
  • The estimated second round pipeline for 2019/20 and 2020/21 was £76,200,000

It was highlighted that the second round savings target would be monitored over two years and the difference between medium and large grants was reinforced. It was also noted that the North had [DH2] received 84 small grants applications in just over two months.

  1. Declarations of Interest

Oral

Humphrey Welfare reported a conflict with Bradford Live (item 11). He was involved in his previous professional career at English Heritage in discussions around the potential designation or not of the Bradford Odeon building.

Stephen Welsh reported that his colleagues at Manchester Museum were supporting the content of the Dippy exhibition at Touchstones but that he had not had any direct involvement with the Dippy on Tour project (item 18). The Committee were content this did not constitute a conflict of interests.

Jim Cokhill reported that Durham Wildlife Trust had completed Local Wildlife Site surveys for Durham County Council in the past as part of the council ecology department's day to day work. He had had no involvement with the application (item 14). The Committee was content this did not constitute a conflict of interests.

  1. SF4 Second Round and SFF applications overview paper

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The Committee noted the paper.

 

SF4 second round applications for discussion and decision

 

  1. Bradford Live – transforming an iconic landmark into a world-class entertainment facility rejuvenating central Bradford, HE-18-00370

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Humphrey Welfare left the room before discussion commenced.

Grantee: Bradford Live

Request: Award Grant of £959,500 (6%)

Project: Project to restore the former Odeon cinema in central Bradford into a commercially viable, sustainable and professionally-run entertainment venue, rejuvenating the city and re-kindling civic pride. 

The Committee for the Yorkshire & Humber awarded a first round pass of £999,900 including a development grant of £40,400 (4% of total eligible development costs) in September 2018.

The Committee for the North agreed that the application represented high priority for support and AWARDED a grant of £959,500 (6%).

 

  1. The Old Grammar School, Richmond, North Yorkshire Project, HE-15-03022

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Grantee: Richmondshire Building Preservation Trust

Request: Award Grant of £1,836,200 (64%)

Project: Project to restore Grade II listed 19th century Old Grammar School. The scheme aimed to establish a new purpose for the building, bringing together social enterprise and community organisations to create a long-term commercially sustainable solution, protecting the historic value of the building engaging the public, local community and visitors in its historic fabric and heritage in the process.

The Committee for the Yorkshire & Humber awarded a first round pass of £1,991,700 including a development grant of £155,500 (89% of total eligible development costs) in September 2016.

The Committee for the North agreed that the application represented a high priority for support but REJECTED the application in the light of available funding.

 

  1. Stockton Town Centre Northern Gateway, TH-16-02945

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Grantee: Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, Regeneration & Economic Development

Request: Award Grant of £1,875,800 (63%)

Project: A project to address the poor structural condition, appearance and vacancy of 1,392sq.m. of public realm and twelve historic buildings of Stockton Town Centre. It would broaden the demographic of people accessing and aware of Stockton Town Centre Conservation Area, target marginalised communities and deliver new ways of engaging people in heritage.

The Committee for the North East awarded a first round pass of £2,000,000 including a development grant of £124,200 (75% of total eligible development costs) in December 2016.

The Committee for the North agreed that the application represented high priority for support and AWARDED a grants of £1,875,800 (63%).

 

  1. Durham Woodland Revival, HG-15-04954

N 19/20 (1) 14

Grantee: Durham County Council

Request: Award Grant of £434,200 (53%)

Project: Durham Woodland Revival (DWR) would restore the woodland habitat network throughout County Durham. It would improve biodiversity and habitat quality, and provide better access to green spaces for local people allowing them to gain greater wellbeing. Informed by detailed consultation and local strategy, heritage, people and community outcomes would be delivered at high levels.

The Committee for the North East awarded a first round pass of £491,700 including a development grant of £59,000 (47% of total eligible development costs) in March 2017.

The Committee for the North agreed that the application represented high priority for support and AWARDED a grant of £434,200 (53%).

 

  1. The Whitaker Experience: our Past, our Present and our Future, HG-16-00570

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Grantee: Rossendale Borough Council

Request: Award Grant of £1,709,500 (85%) 

Project: Rossendale Borough Council (RBC) would work in partnership with The Whitaker Community Interest Company (CIC) to deliver this project to redevelop the barn and stables complex adjacent to the existing Whitaker Museum, house and sensitively integrate the two to create a new-build extension.

The Committee for the North West awarded a first round pass of £1,799,500 including a development grant of £90,000 (90% of total eligible development costs) in March 2017.

The Committee for the North agreed that the application represented high priority for support and AWARDED a grant of £1,709,500 (85%).

 

  1. Jane Pit community project to commemorate and celebrate Workington’s mining history, HG-17-00022

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Grantee: Workington Town Council

Request: Award Grant of £289,900 (86%)

Project: This 16 month project community-focussed project would commemorate the coal miners who worked and died at the Workington pits and reveal, preserve and celebrate the town’s mining history.

The Committee for the North West awarded a first round pass of £324,000 including a development grant of £33,600 (81% of total eligible development costs) in December 2017.

The Committee for the North agreed that the application represented medium priority for support and REJECTED the application.

 

  1. Seeing the North with Sankey:  Rescuing, sharing and celebrating a unique photographic archive, HG-17-01260

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Grantee: Signal Film and Media

Request: Award Grant of £234,700 (78%)

Project: To conserve, publicly re-house and digitise online a collection of 15,000 glass plate and acetate negatives produced by photographers Edward and Raymond Sankey. This was a visual historical record of Edwardian and Victorian Barrow-in-Furness and Cumbria (from the 1890 to 1970s.). The project would target user-groups including young people, those with health and addiction issues and school groups.

The Committee for the North West awarded a first round pass of £256,700 including a development grant of £22,000 (84% of total eligible development costs) in June 2018.

The Committee for the North agreed that the application represented high priority for support and AWARDED a grant of £234,700 (78%)

 

  1. Dippy on Tour – A natural history adventure across the North West, HG-17-03068

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Grantee: Link4Life Ltd

Request: Award Grant of £159,000 (37%)

Project: The project responded to Rochdale Borough Council’s (RBC) successful bid to host Dippy the dinosaur, the famous nineteenth-century diplodocus skeleton cast which was donated to the Natural History Museum (NHM) in 1905.  Dippy will be on free display at Number One Riverside (N1R) from February to June 2020, forming the eighth and penultimate leg of its national tour organised by NHM.  This presents an opportunity to deliver an accompanying community education and interpretation offer, significantly improving the visitor experience both during and after the visit.

The Committee for the North West awarded a first round pass of £249,100 including a development grant of £90,100 (68% of total eligible development costs) in December 2017.

The Committee for the North agreed that the application represented high priority for support and AWARDED a grant of £159,000 (37%).

 

  1. Windows to the World:  St Mary’s Church, Barnard Castle, HG-17-04511

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Grantee: The Parochial Church Council of the Ecclesiastical Parish of Barnard Castle with Whorlton

Request: Award Grant of £320,500 (69%)

Project: This 16 month project would complete a package of urgent repair works on the almost 900 year’s old Grade I Listed St Mary's Parish Church in Barnard Castle, whilst working to broaden and deepen levels of visitor engagement with its heritage through a partnership with DigVentures.

The Committee for the North East awarded a first round pass of £337,600 including a development grant of £17,100 (54% of total eligible development costs) in September 2018.

The Committee for the North agreed that the application represented high priority for support and AWARDED a grant of £320,500 (69%).

 

  1. Blackpool Museum Project, HG-17-05320

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Grantee: Blackpool Council

Request: Award Grant of £4,000,000 (32%)

Project: To create Blackpool's first museum, celebrating its pivotal role in the development of British popular entertainment and creating a high-quality cultural offer.  Now re-branded as 'Showtown: The Museum of Fun and Entertainment', it would be located within the Sands Building, a £17m private sector redevelopment of a landmark site, being transformed into a new 5* hotel positioned on Blackpool's promenade.

The Committee for the North West awarded a first round pass of £4,400,000 including a development grant of £400,000 (30% of total eligible development costs) in March 2018.

The Committee for the North agreed that the application represented high priority for support and AWARDED a grant of £4,000,000 (32%).

 

  1. Prioritisation and feedback for second round items

Oral

During the case by case discussions, the Committee considered:

  • Bradford Live (item 11), The Old Grammar School, Richmond (item 12), Stockton Town Centre Northern Gateway (item 13), Durham Woodland Revival (item 14), The Whitaker Experience (item 15), Seeing the North with Sankey (item 17), Dippy on Tour (item 18), St Mary’s Church, Barnard Castle (item 19) and Blackpool Museum Project (item 20) represented a high priority for support.
  • Jane Pit community project (item 16) represented a medium priority for support.

Of the high priority cases, The Old Grammar School, Richmond (item 12) was considered a lower relative priority and was rejected in light of the available budget. Jane Pit (item 16) was also rejected due to budgetary constraints.

 

SFF single stage £100k to £250k applications for discussion and decision

 

  1. Single Stage £100K to £250K overview paper

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The Committee noted the paper and agreed with the recommendation to award the applications from the Great North Run Foundation and Holocaust Survivors Friendship Association.

SFF development round applications for discussion and decision

 

  1. KIND SEED Centre, OL-18-07142

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Grantee: Kids in Need & Distress (KIND)

Request: Development Grant of £260,300 and potential Delivery Grant of £2,502,300 (90%)

Project: Kids in Need and Distress (KIND) would bring a derelict former Welsh Presbyterian church back into use through the relocation and expansion of their support services for disadvantaged families across Merseyside. Through the 12 month development phase KIND would work in partnership with building owners Merseyside Building Preservation Trust to:  establish a project Board, recruit a Project Manager and appoint the design team; carry out essential stabilisation works; and undertake further research/pilot activities to inform the Activity Plan.

The Committee for the North agreed that the application represented high priority for support and AWARDED a Development Grant of £260,300.

 

  1. Gateway at Trinity – a centre of arts, heritage and community, HE-18-06781

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Grantee: Gateway Studio Project

Request: Development Grant of £100,300 and potential Delivery Grant of £947,300 (87%)

Project: This year long project will sensitively repair and restore the former Holy Trinity Church and bring it back into use as a permanent home for the Gateway Studio Project and its programmes of dance education along with the provision of a community café and rental spaces for associated arts and community activity.

The Committee for the North agreed that the application represented high priority for support and AWARDED a Development Grant of £100,300.

 

  1. Prioritisation and feedback for development round items

Oral

There was no need to prioritise the cases.

 

Items for Information

  1. Communications Report

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There were no further comments on the report.

 

Any other business

Oral

There was no other business. 

Committee were invited on a tour of Gorton Monastery.

The next meeting would be held on 5 September 2019.