Council bosses save Bracknell Forest Voluntary Action with £60,000 grantBy Laura Herbert
February 13, 2013
Council bosses yesterday approved a £60,000 grant to help secure the future of a voluntary and community action charity.
Bracknell Forest Voluntary Action (BFVA) revealed it was due to close from Sunday, March 31, if it could not find the money to plug a funding gap.
The charity now faces a £60,000 shortfall each year following a reduction in central Government and other national funding.
To help save the service from closure, Bracknell Forest Council’s executive approved plans in its budget to give the charity a one-off £60,000 grant for 2013/14 from its reserves to bridge the gap.
As part of the grant, the charity must work with the council to make sure there are sustainable finances to provide voluntary support in the future.
During the meeting Tim Wheadon, Bracknell Forest Council chief executive, said: “We haven’t got an open cheque book but we have made progress over the last few weeks in how we might help them.
“We’ve not reached a full agreement on a rescue package but we’re working with them.”
Cllr Dale Birch, executive member for social care, health and housing, added: ""The £60,000 should assist them in remodelling the service.
"We want to help the BFVA in creating a model that's successful.
"If they fail and can't continue then maybe we'll have to assist the voluntary sector ourselves."
The plans will go to full council on Wednesday, February 27, where a final decision will be made.