The Grants Advisory Committee or GAC, as the group is better known, was formed in 2003. The committee’s role is to assess grant applications made to the Community Grants Scheme run by East Dunbartonshire Council. The group of 25 volunteers provide extensive knowledge and experience to ensure that the decisions made regarding funding make the biggest difference to the communities of East Dunbartonshire.
The Grants Advisory Committee meets two times a year in line with the two rounds of the scheme. The Committee also meets in the autumn for an Annual General Meeting to evaluate and review the scheme. The committee give their independent recommendations to the Council regarding grant awards. These recommendations are then presented to the Council's Community Planning Partnership Board for approval.
Members of GAC represent a cross section of the community coming from different groups and organisations across East Dunbartonshire. Meetings are chaired by an elected chair or vice-chair and are held on a Wednesday evening in St. Ninian’s High School in Kirkintilloch.
The GAC has recently introduced a buddy/mentoring system for all newly elected members and are developing Continuing Professional Development for those members who wish to have their service on the Committee recorded in personal portfolios.