TOWN councillors in Wellington are looking at revamping or possibly abolishing their £15,000 grants budget.

The council traditionally accepts applications from local organisations for financial support throughout the municipal year.

Hundreds of organisations from cricket and football clubs to a samba band and the town’s annual carnival have benefited from the scheme.

But it has often found itself short of grant funds toward the end of the year while applications were still being received.

The solution has been to overspend and award a grant but to take the money from another budget line, such as ‘heath and wellbeing’.

Now, councillors have ordered a review which could see traditional ‘grants’ abolished and replaced with ‘financial support’ which would be taken from the relevant part of their near-£1 million overall budget.

A recommendation will be made by the finance committee, which meets in the United Reformed Church Hall on Tuesday (March 12).