Making Grants Efficiently in the Culture, Media and Sport Sector

Making Grants Efficiently in the Culture, Media and Sport Sector

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This inquiry took evidence from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (the Department), Arts Council England, Big Lottery Fund, English Heritage and Sport England on assessing the cost-efficiency of making grants; on supporting grant applicants; on sharing services and information; and on making applications on-line. In 2006-07, the nine principal grant-makers sponsored by the Department awarded grants of Ap1.8 billion, and spent Ap200 million on administering the grants and related activities. The grants ranged in size from Ap200 to many millions of pounds. The bodies held little information on the costs of their individual grant programmes and how these costs compare with others. The average cost of awarding Ap1 of grant across a sample of open application programmes in the sector ranged from three pence to 35 pence. Much of the variance in cost can be explained by the different objectives of the programmes and the needs of applicants. Grant-makers often receive applications which are incomplete or inaccurate. One way they could reduce the burden on grant applicants would be through inviting applications on-line. This would also help reduce the costs to grant-makers by reducing the amount of paper applications they have to process and the number of incomplete and ineligible applications. In the past, the Committee has recommended that the Department should take the lead in identifying the scope for savings by encouraging the organisations it funds to share accommodation and services. Little progress appears to be have made in this area. The Department has also done little to encourage benchmarking and the sharing of good practice across the sector.In 2006-07, English Heritage awarded Ap24 million to 225 grant applicants to repair places of worship. ... English Heritage estimated that almost half the Ap 9, 700 cost of awarding a grant covered the cost of architects to advise the congregationanbsp;...

Title:Making Grants Efficiently in the Culture, Media and Sport Sector
Author:Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Committee of Public Accounts
Publisher:The Stationery Office - 2008-11-06


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