Re: UK Shared Prosperity Fund award to Whitby Town Council to deliver improvements to Pannett Gallery


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The following decision has been taken: -


To award £75,000 of UK Shared Prosperity Funds to support improvements to Pannett Gallery, Whitby and to promote the recently donated Soper Collection.







By whom: Nic Harne

(insert name of Meeting, Member or Officer)


On: 18 January 2024

(insert date decision taken)


Was this an executive decision?                                                        NO

If an executive decision, was it also a key decision?                         NO

Does the call-in period apply?                                                            NO


Reasons for decision: -

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund and Rural England Prosperity are awarded by the Government to North Yorkshire Council for the purposes of community and economic development.  The primary goal of the UKSPF is to build pride in place and increase life chances across the UK.


Grants are awarded through a competitive process of application and appraisal according to criteria set out by the Council’s Constitution.  The decision to approve a grant is made by an independent panel through a transparent audited process.


This funding is used to deliver improvements to Pannett Gallery in Whitby to improve visitor numbers, building local pride in place and support the local visitor economy.



Details of any alternative options considered and rejected: -


Grant giving has been selected as the method for distributing funds from the UKSPF for projects which support the aspirations of the fund in Building Pride in our Places.  This approach is considered to be the most efficient in providing funding directly to local organisations and communities.  This is a competitive grant fund and other projects are also able to apply for and receive funding.  As such the decision is made by an independent appraisal panel according to agreed criteria which determine if a grant should be awarded or not.




Conflicts of Interest


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This activity takes place within the Directorate of the approving Officer


Grants have been awarded by an independent panel according to an audited, independent process.  The decision is based on the recommendations of the appraisal panel in which the signatory has taken no part.



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Publication Date: [to be inserted by the PA to the Assistant Chief Executive (Legal and Democratic services)]


(Name) Nic Harne.     



Directorate: Community development

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