Leader of the Council – Minutes – 30 November 2018

7 (7) APPLICATION FOR GRANT ASSISTANCE NORTH LINCOLNSHIRE TWINNING ASSOCIATION – The Director: Governance and Partnerships submitted a report considering an application for financial assistance towards the cost of an exchange between delegations from Clamart, France and representatives of North Lincolnshire Town Twinning Association, and towards re-establishing links with Luneburg, Germany with the aim of cultural exchanges.

The council’s former Policy Committee agreed that the council’s approach in respect of twinning/linking should be to adopt an ‘arm’s length’ relationship (minute 946 refers).  The committee also agreed that the former Tourism and Linking Sub Committee should consider applications for informal linking activities deemed beneficial across North Lincolnshire.  The maximum grant available was set at £200 and criteria was also approved in respect of grant applications for linking activities which demonstrated and encouraged mutual, cultural and social awareness (minute 978 refers).

An application had been received from the North Lincolnshire Twinning Association requesting the maximum grant of £200 to support plans for a group of local musicians to visit Clamart in June 2019.  The grant would also assist with the Association’s work in trying to re-establish historic twinning links with Luneberg with the aim of future cultural exchanges involving adults and children of local communities.

This remained a long standing twinning arrangement involving a local community, which the council had continued to support over the years.  The application met the criteria set out in minute 978 as referred to above.

Resolved – That a grant of £200 be made to the North Lincolnshire Twinning Association.