Decision details

13/00088 (from 13/00062) - Member Grant Scheme - Review

Decision Maker: Leader and Cabinet Member for Health Reform

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To consider the results of a review of the Member Grants Schemes and agree any improvements/changes.


The schemes allow Members to fund projects that have been directly promoted by local communities which would not normally be funded by KCC. This is a fundamental part of putting the citizen control in accordance Bold Steps for Kent.


Member satisfaction with the MHF process was reported to have fallen in the last H&T tracker survey, with some Members feeling that the process was too slow and bureaucratic. In addition, staff had spent a disproportionate amount of time designing and promoting schemes which were not then taken forward to construction. This review seeks to directly address these issues by suggesting ways in which bureaucracy can be reduced and scheme delivery speeded up. 

Financial Implications: No impact on existing budgets

Legal Implications: None

Equality Implications: None




The Leader of Kent County Council has agreed to introduce a single Member Grant Scheme (MGS), consisting of £25k per Member (£2.1m in total) and to cease the following grant schemes:


  • Member Grants
  • Local Schemes Grant
  • Capital Schemes Grant
  • Member Highway Fund


The new Member Grant Scheme will take effect from 1 April 2014.


A report reviewing the cost effectiveness of the Highway element of the Combined Member Fund since the amalgamation of the Member Grants, and methods to deliver a simpler highways scheme is to be considered by the Environment and Transport Cabinet Committee on 4 May 2016.


Publication date: 24/01/2014

Date of decision: 23/01/2014

Effective from: 01/02/2014

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