A request from CAVRA – the Sully-based “Civil Aid Volunteer Rescue Association” – for a £3,500 grant from the Welsh Church Act Fund – administered by the Vale of Glamorgan Council – is being recommended for refusal.
The Welsh Church Act Fund is a self-sustaining charity which was originally set up by Liberal Prime Minister David Lloyd George but which is administered by local authorities in their respective areas – in this case the Vale of Glamorgan Council .
A council sub-committee is authorised to assess local applications for grants from the fund to qualifying bodies which provide a wide variety of public good works in the following areas:-
- Educational facilities,
- Relief in sickness,
- Relief in need,
- Libraries, museums, art galleries etc,
- Social and recreational facilities in general
- Protection of historic buildings
- Medical and social research,
- Blind persons
- Aged persons
- Places of worship and burial grounds
- Emergencies or disasters
- Other charitable purposes
CAVRA, a registered charity, has received over £105,000 in funding, including substantial UK Government grants including one of £40,000 for a new rescue boat – its third . It has stated that in 2016 it attended 12 incidents and rescued 7 people but – unlike the RNLI and Coastguard – it says it reserves the right not to disclose information about its rescues “under the Data Protection Act 1998.”
CAVRA had told the Welsh Church Act Fund Estate that it needed £3,500 for the repair of a derelict equipment store which had been “donated” to the charity by Sully Sports and Social Club.
However council officials, who vet Welsh Church Act funding applications, state in an internal report that they have inspected a copy of the licence pertaining to the building and have now raised concerns that “the building will revert to the Sully Sport and Social Club at the end of the term”. They recommend CAVRA gets nothing.
A dedicated Vale of Glamorgan Council committee meets later this month to consider the recommendations in the report and to make the final decisions on the latest round of awards from the Welsh Church Act Estate .
All Saints Church in Penarth – which had applied for a grant of £10,000 towards the cost of developing a car park at the ancient St Peter’s Church at Old Cogan – is being recommended for a grant of £5,000.
All Saints had not submitted building quotations to support its application – which it must to do in order to receive the funding . In future, grants from the Welsh Church Act Fund are to be limited to a ceiling of £5,000.