Apologies that it wasn't announced here that the grant had come through. It was pretty much a formality to get it and no hassle at all.
The money should of course be spent according to what members preferences and needs are, as well as what the space needs to be functional. I'm sure there will be lots of different ideas and we do have the rest of the financial year to spend the grant so it doesn't need to be a race. Having said that the sooner we get the space looking nice and with nicer things in, the better for everyone.
Some things we needed to do anyway and would have done so without the grant. Things such as the electrics, health & safety etc. Most likely we can just crack on with those things without further discussion. There are also plenty of small sundry items that have been used up, worn out or lost. I don't think it merits too much to and fro on low value items.
Dave's ideas for spending on the electronics equipment are just ideas. You are right that we need to get an idea of what else members might want to make the space better. We'll have a look at that and I welcome your input as I know you did a survey before.
What I think might be really nice is if we have a few members head up a specific area that they know about. That way the discussion happens between the people that care about it without having to involve everyone at every stage which inevitably slows everything down. Likewise, we could think about how we can go from a member suggesting we buy something to it actually arriving in the space - who signs it off, how we claim back expenses etc.
I would be keen to have a members' meeting this coming Tuesday (over video chat) to get ideas bounded about.