Homecoming String Band -- these guys wanted £50 to pay for their website
hosting. There didn't seem to be much enthusiasm for this on the forum, and the
grant is for £100 any way. We will say no, but we will suggest to them where
they can get web hosting for less than £50 per year.
Orange Slice -- much enthusiasm for this on the forum, but some strong
detractors also. Initially this looked like quite a strong application cause
Orange Slice was already a defined, up and running project, so we would know
the money was going to something. But Orange Slice has since closed, and is in
the process of trying to be reborn with a different model, so now it is not so
clear. We say no, _but_ we would like them to apply again in the future, when
things have moved on a bit more and they know better what they are going to be
Found Magazine -- we give them £100.
Billy Liar -- we already agreed with him to hold off his application until
September, but we think that the forest may want to spend some of its own money
to get a badge maker and that maybe he can use that, then he would not need a
Action: James to talk to the Artist Facilities working group and to
Billy Liar about the badge maker before next month's meeting.
New grants person Stephen is going to be the new grants person. Beev has
already changed over the email forward. Sean will mail him some instructions so
he know what he's doing.
Privacy of the grants forum arguments were heard both ways, I will not
attempt to rehash them as it has more or less all been said on the forum
already. But suffice to say that we felt is was _not_ a good thing to have our
grants discussions on the Internet open for everyone to see and search engines
to index, while at the same time we felt it would not be good to close the
discussions off to the forest working group only. Beev suggests we create a new
permissions group on the bb for people who can see the grants forum, initially
this will be everyone who can see the forest working group forum plus anyone
who has recently been contributing on the grants forum, in the future more
non-forest working group people can be added to it if they take an interest.
Also we say that the grants meetings, where the final decisions are actually
made, are open meetings, and that few people contribute to the grants forum who
do not already have access to the forest working group (although there are a
couple of exceptions).
Action: Beev to setup these new permissions.
Dai says that he is not happy with the way grants are decided currently, by
the people who attend the meetings only. Perhaps they could be decided on the
bb. It is difficult to reach a clear consensus on the bb. Perhaps a poll then.
We have been trying recently, at the meetings, to read out the bb comments and
give them consideration, perhaps just remembering to do that will be enough. We
come to no conclusions so things will stay as they are for now.
I've had it with you. If I had an image of a laser gun I would absolutely position it right here in my hand...
Ha! I have a real laser absolutely positioned in my hand!