Big Lottery Fund any and all 'grants' pertaining to http://www.mensshedscymru.co.uk/?

GARY BOURNE made this Freedom of Information request to The National Lottery Community Fund

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Dear Dear Big Lottery Fund,

Please pass this on to whom it may concern.

Under the F.O.I.A. Could I simply request of Big Lottery Fund any and all 'grants' pertaining to http://www.mensshedscymru.co.uk/?

To be expressed as:-

1) Simply a print out (.pdf) of the original grant application, maybe by Peter Harrison or others?

Could this be expressed as the original grant application (whether successful or not), grants successful, grants accepted and the full list of terms and condition relating to accepting and for filling terms of acceptance. Id Est what would ultimately be legally considered by The Big Lottery Fund as legally correctly applying, granting, accepting and 'managing' the grant/s.

Yours sincerely

GARY ALEXANDER BOURNE
14 Lon Eirlys
Bodnant Parc
Prestatyn
Denbighshire
Cymru
LL19 9JZ

Big Lottery Fund - Freedom of Information,

Dear Mr Bourne,

Thank you for your email which we would be happy to consider under the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act. We would however wish to bring some aspects to your attention before we proceed.

As part of your request you have mentioned any documents that may be linked to an individual. Due to restrictions under the Data Protection Act we may be unable to either confirm or deny whether an individual is part of an application or not.

Additionally if we have received any applications that were unsuccessful in receiving a grant we often find that organisations do not wish details of these to be released. As they will not have received public funds and they are possibly seeking sources of funding elsewhere the arguments for release of these details would be limited.

If we were to proceed with your request it is likely that we would need to contact the organisation. This is to ensure that we consider their views on whether there is any reason for information to be withheld. We would not disclose your identity when contacting the organisation. However as requests and responses are made public through What Do They Know we assume that you are not concerned with us contacting the organisation.

In light of the details above, please do let us know if we can amend your information request to copies of any successful grant applications submitted by Men’s Sheds Cymru.

We do consider each information request separately and if you wish to request all applications from Men’s Sheds Cymru then we would be happy to do this.

We look forward to hearing from you as to the precise request that you wish to make and whether you wish to include the personal connection of the individual that you have mentioned.

Once we have received confirmation, we will send you an acknowledgement with a reference and the date in which we would respond with the information requested. If you would prefer to discuss this please do call me on 0191 376 5965.

Kind Regards

Emma Richardson
Corporate Assistant – Information Requests
Finance and Corporate Services
Big Lottery Fund
Tel: 0191 376 1965
E-Mail: [Big Lottery Fund request email]
Big Lottery Fund

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Dear Big Lottery Fund - Freedom of Information,

Thank you for the reply.

Peter just happens to be the local Prestatyn representative. So if Prestatyn themselves apply for and receive grants, please continue with request and redact any information you feel necessary. With the proviso that I assume anyone applying for a grant actually uses their real, legal name. As opposed to a maiden name or 'also known' as to prevent the same individual applying under several names.

If however the 'umbrella' group Mens Sheds Cymru are solely responsible for grant application and distribution. Then I will assume to prevent ANY organisation from being proactive in applying for and gaining governmental monies. For the simple reasoning there is a paying job to simply distribute it, at disproportionate 'wages.' I feel the public should have a trail of 'where the money' is going. I would also argue honestly applying for Big Lottery Funding is a statutory right of any organisation and to prevent any 'group' of individual either being disadvantage or having advantage. All application successful or not should be scrutinised by an independent non-profiteering individual and or individuals .

All of which is a moot point. As I believe; and I'll have to paraphrase, you actually point out on all application forms. The Big Lottery is subject to statutory requirements and 'applicants' might have to be released to the public.

Which is justified as I have previously pointed out to yourselves a rather large £5000 local grant would have been illegal as the land they wished to plant up. Wasn't owned by them or permission granted.

Yours sincerely,

GARY ALEXANDER BOURNE

Big Lottery Fund - Freedom of Information,

Good Afternoon Mr Bourne,

Upon conducting searches of awarded grants, we cannot find a record of any funding being awarded to Men's Shed Cymru directly.

The grant listed below most closely matches what you have told us but we want to ensure this is the correct organisation before continuing further.
As it is only the project name that matches your request, please let us know if this is the organisation you wish for us to concentrate on.

Grant Awarded to: Halfan Cymru
Project Name: Men's Sheds Cymru
Amount Awarded: £249,582
Programme: People and Places
Project Summary: The project will develop a network of 25 Men’s Sheds across Wales for approximately 500 men with a focus on those who are socially isolated. The ‘sheds’ will serve as an informal meeting place, increasing their self-esteem and improving their general physical and mental health. The three year grant will fund the part time salaries of a project manager, two regional advocates and an administrative assistant as well as expenses for staff and volunteers and running costs.

If the organisation is not the one you are looking for, I have included a link to our past grants search engine which lists all awarded grants made by Big Lottery Fund which may help you to identify the organisation that you are interested in. https://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/fundin...

Once we have received clarification of your request, we will send you an acknowledgement advising the timescale in which we would respond to you.

Kind Regards

Emma Richardson
Corporate Assistant – Information Requests
Finance and Corporate Services
Big Lottery Fund
Tel: 0191 376 1965
E-Mail: [Big Lottery Fund request email]

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Dear Big Lottery Fund - Freedom of Information,

Could I just confirm name of recipient is spelt correctly as Hafan Cymru?:-

http://www.hafancymru.co.uk/ is first on the Internet search.

I believe though this is correct for your search, as a closer look has a Mens sheds logo.

Yours sincerely,

GARY ALEXANDER BOURNE

Big Lottery Fund - Freedom of Information,

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Good Morning Mr Bourne,

 

Yes, apologies for the typing error. The organisation that most closely
matches the details you provided is Hafan Cymru.

 

We are happy to accept your request in which you have asked for copies of
application forms, successful and unsuccessful submitted to Big Lottery
Fund by the organisation Hafan Cymru under the provisions of the Freedom
of Information Act 2000.

 

We are required to respond to your request within 20 working days.  You
can therefore expect to receive a response by 25 May 2017, though we will
endeavour to respond before then. Your reference number is FOI008-0013.

 

As you have requested information relating to a third party, we will
consult to reach a view on whether the information can be released. 

 

 

Kind Regards

 

Emma Richardson

Corporate Assistant – Information Requests

Finance and Corporate Services

Big Lottery Fund

Tel: 0191 376 1965

E-Mail: [Big Lottery Fund request email]

 

 

 

 

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Dear Big Lottery Fund - Freedom of Information,

Hi Emma, I've just been reminded by whatdotheyknow that the F.O.I.A. request in now 20 days old.

As most of the information has been supplied. Could I have a copy of application and conformation of grant. Namely what were the terms and conditions of grant. I note some of it went to 'managers.' As I've always been dubious about self serving 'grant' just for someone to get paid for 'administering them.

No rush for the final paper work.

Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

GARY ALEXANDER BOURNE

Big Lottery Fund - Freedom of Information,

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Dear Mr Bourne,

Due to the need to consider a possible exemption, we have had to extend the deadline to respond to you, I apologise if this causes any inconvenience.

Details of why we have done this are in the letter attached. I have also included a link to the Programme Page in the letter so that you can access a copy of the terms and conditions.

Kind Regards

Emma Richardson
Corporate Assistant – Information Requests
Finance and Corporate Services
Big Advice: 034 54 10 20 30 | Text Relay: 18001 034 54 10 20 30
www.biglotteryfund.org.uk

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Dear Gary,

 

Please find attached our response to your FOI request.

 

Your reference is FOI008-0013.

 

Kind Regards

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