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AGM - Thursday 11 July, 8pm, Reigate Town HALL - PLEASE ATTEND

We would like to encourage all members to attend this year's BRBAC Annual General Meeting in the Old Council Chamber at the Town Hall in Reigate at 8pm on Thursday 11 July. There are some significant discussions to be had over the future of the organisation and we would like as many members to take part in these as possible. 

In particular we would encourage any society which has in the past, or may in the future, wish to apply for grant funding via BRBAC.

We were advised recently, and out of the blue, that our regular annual block grant from the Borough Council was to be reduced substantially, from £7,000 a year traditionally to £4,000 this year, with no guarantee that funds won't be reduced further in the future. 

The block grant funds BRBAC's activity in three ways: 1) the majority of the funds, typically £6,000, are allocated on to member societies as part of our annual grants application process; 2) £1,000 each year is used to fund the biennial Arts Festival; and 3) to help support BRBAC's other collaborative membership activities and general operations.

At a recent meeting to deal with this issue in the short term, the BRBAC Committee agreed for this year to halt funding for any Festival activity and to hold back on any new collaborative initiatives, so that the entirety of the £4,000 allocated could be made available to groups.

This will still mean that some difficult decisions may have to be taken between applications, and to reiterate, the funding we do have this year is not stable as it has been in the past, so there could literally be nothing to allocate in 12 months' time.

The consequence of this change is that the nature of BRBAC's operations are in question, and as a membership organisation, very much working on your behalf, we would like to involve as many of you as possible in the ongoing discussions.

We have been in close contact with Council officers regarding this matter, strongly encouraging them to change their decision, but so far to no avail. We hope though that a representative from the Council will be present at the meeting to speak directly to societies and answer any questions you may have.

Thank you in advance for your support, and we look forward to seeing you there. 

Update on 2019 Grant Allocations Process

The Grants Sub Committee has met and agreed on its recommendations. The next stage is for these to be brought before the Main BRBAC Committee in mid-June for discussion and ratification. Thereafter as soon as possible, Grants Sub Committee Chairman, Steve Lawrenson, will write to the applicants to notify them of the position and invite them to confirm their acceptance of the proposed grant.

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