Friday 27 May 2022 - Project Specification

Grants to Arts, Heritage and Culture Organisations – Project Specification

Topics: Financial Management and Internal Control

Departments: Economic Development

Sector: Grants, Subsidies & Other Funding

JAO Project Specification - Grants to culture, arts and heritage organisations

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Background

The funding of arts, heritage and culture organisations is used by the Government of Jersey to help deliver a range of strategic objectives which contribute to Island life.  The Government takes responsibility for protecting cultural assets and enabling access to the arts and to heritage and culture.  Fulfilling these responsibilities relies to a large extend on services being delivered through partner organisations which are supported by Government funding.

The Government supports several arts, heritage and culture organisations which have a range of responsibilities and differing governance and accountability arrangements.  However, this does not relieve the Government from a responsibility for ensuring that good governance is being demonstrated, effective internal control is in place and value for money is being secured.

The Government commissioned a strategic review of arts, heritage and culture in 2018.  The subsequent report included a range of recommendations focussed on addressing the challenges within the sector. In response to this, the Council of Ministers agreed separate Arts and Heritage Strategies in December 2021. These were launched in early 2022.

Funding for heritage, arts and culture is forecast at £8.7 million for 2022.  This includes new investment as part of a commitment from 2019 (p40/2019) to increase funding for arts, heritage and culture to a total of 1% of the Government’s budget.  The expenditure approved in the Government Plan 2022 to 2025 is shown in Exhibit 1.

 

Exhibit 1: Government Plan approved expenditure on arts, heritage and culture

  2022

£000

2023

£000

2024

£000

2025

£000

Base budget 4,628 4,628 4,628 4,628
Investment in Government Plan 3,795 3,426 3,386 3,586
Inflation estimate 303 512 721 930
Total approved expenditure 8,726 8,566 8,735 9,144
% of Government budget 1.02% 1.00% 1.02% 1.04%

Source: Government Plan 2022 to 2025

The Government Plan 2022 to 2025 also includes approved capital project expenditure for Elizabeth Castle as shown in Exhibit 2.

Exhibit 2: Government Plan approved expenditure on Elizabeth Castle

  2022

£000

2023

£000

2024

£000

2025

£000

Elizabeth Castle 1,250 2,027 1,676

Source: Government Plan 2022 to 2025

In 2021, the Government provided grant support of over £75,000 to three organisations.  The grant support to these four organisations totalled £6.1 million. (2020 £6.3 million).  Exhibit 3 contains more detail.

Exhibit 3: Grants to arts, heritage and culture organisations in 2021, 2020 and 2019

  2021

£000

2020

£000

2019

£000

Jersey Heritage 4,503 4,405 2,843
Jersey Arts Trust (Art House Jersey) 515 687 930
Jersey Arts Centre Association 602 511 525
Jersey Opera House 572 698 529
Total 6,192 6,301 4,827

Source: Government of Jersey

In 2021, the Government launched a Fiscal Stimulus Fund to support economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.  In April 2021, a total of £5.1 million of funding was approved from this fund to refurbish both the Jersey Opera House (£2.2 million) and Jersey Arts Centre (£2.9 million).  The requirements of the Fiscal Stimulus Fund were that the work was required to be completed by June 2022.

In February 2022, the Government announced that, following a review of the condition of the Opera House building, a revised timescale for the renovation had been agreed with a new target date for the re-opening to the public of 2023.  The delay means that the
£2.2 million required for the work will no longer be provided by the Fiscal Stimulus Fund. Instead, the Minister for Treasury and Resources has agreed that the required investment will be allocated from alternative funding sources.

Scope

The review will consider wider strategic issues alongside a specific focus on support to arts, heritage and culture organisations.  It will evaluate:

·         the effectiveness of the plans and processes in place to implement the new Arts and Heritage Strategies

·         the effectiveness of the plans and processes in place to monitor delivery of the new Arts and Heritage Strategies

·         the adequacy of Government arrangements for the award of the grants to arts, heritage and culture organisations, including:

o   linkage to strategic objectives

o   justification for the level of grant; and

o   how awards to different arts, heritage and culture bodies complement one another

·         the adequacy of Government arrangements for oversight of arts, heritage and culture organisations, including:

o   internal control

o   value for money

o   corporate governance; and

o   measurement of performance against objectives of the grant; and

·         the adequacy of Government arrangements for the oversight of capital grant funding of renovation projects at arts, heritage and culture sites.

 

The scope of this review extends to arrangements in the Department for the Economy and its relationships with grant receiving organisations.

The review does not include consideration of the decision to establish any of the grant receiving organisations.

The objectives and/or scope of the review may be amended during the review in the light of emerging findings or other matters arising.


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