Lotto cash given to grass roots groups

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A RAFT of community and voluntary groups will benefit after being awarded a share of £5,500 in funding.

Hartlepool Borough Council’s Civic Lottery Fund will see 16 organisations share a total of £5,588 after senior councillors rubber-stamped proposals.

The council’s cabinet committee met to discuss and approve the funding at a recent meeting.

Members were told that all of the applications met the criteria and they approved a series of recommendations for funding.

Groups to benefit include Hartlepool Gymnastics Club which was awarded £1,000 towards training courses for coaching, Dyke House Juniors U-11’s FC who were awarded £200 towards pitch fees and league fees and Hartlepool Bowling Club (ladies) who were granted £260 towards running costs and a social event to mark their 80th anniversary.

Dyke House Under 10s FC were awarded £200 towards pitch and league fees, while Hartlepool Fishermans Friends FC, Hartlepool Rovers Quoit FC, Lion Hill Carter FC, Dyke House Warriors and Hartlepool Rovers FC also received funding towards pitch and league fees.

Meanwhile, Hart Sequence Dance Club was awarded £500 towards hall rental costs, Teesside Twirlers £500 towards transport and room hire costs and the Princess Royal Restoration Association was granted £528 towards insurance costs.

Fourth Hartlepool Boys Brigade received £500 towards upgrade of equipment and Golden Flatts FC and Greatham FC all received funding towards pitch, referee and hall hire costs. Meanwhile, Karen Liddle School of Dance was granted up to £500 towards the travel costs incurred for a group to head down to perform at a show in London in November.

There were concerns raised about businesses applying for funding but Mayor Stuart Drummond said he felt “uncomfortable” about changing the goalposts midway through the process.

He added: “If they meet the criteria then they should be congratulated.”

Independent councillor John Lauderdale said if the criteria has been set then it should be honoured.

Independent councillors Cath Hill and Paul Thompson said they felt uncomfortable in case it set a precedent. But officers assured members that the applications all met the current criteria.

The current criteria for eligibility and distribution from the Civic Lottery fund means applications must be considered three times a year.

A third of the balance is distributed at each and this was the second round.

After the funding worth £5,588 was approved, the remaining balance is £1,514 which will roll over to round three.