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It is great to see the successful and active role that East Lindsey’s many community groups have within the district.
Acting out of goodwill, these groups play a vital part in their communities, from offering friendship and support to elderly residents to providing affordable sporting activities for the next generation of young Andy Murrays or David Beckhams.
These groups rely not only on goodwill of local people but also external funding, be that from charity events or grants - which is where East Lindsey District Council can help.
We currently have two community grant schemes open for local not-for-profit groups to apply for up to £8,000 to spend locally on projects that will help enhance the quality of lives of local people of all ages.
The Councillors’ Community Grant Scheme is for grants of up to £1,000.
These can be applied for at any time up to March 1, 2015, by contacting your local ward councillor. The process is fast and straightforward and groups can request grants to support a wide variety of activities. Ward councillors decide on the projects to support.
The Large Community Grant Scheme allocates grants of up to £8,000. Although the first funding round application has already passed for this year, groups can still apply to round two by submitting a completed application before September 16, 2014.
So far this year the council, and our councillors, have been able to support 43 community groups with over £60k of funding with another £175k still available.
This ranges from £8,000 to Louth Methodist Church towards refurbishment works including an updated heating system and a hoist lift, £4,792 to Alford Corn Exchange Community Group to help refurbish the hall’s kitchen, £1,500 to Sutton on Sea First Residents’ Association to support the hosting of a community festival, £600 to Horncastle Brownies towards a group holiday, and £150 to the Pleasant Residents’ Association to supply hanging baskets to residents.
For more information and for grant application forms visit www.e-lindsey.gov.uk/grants or contact the Community Grants team on 01507 613040 or firstname.lastname@example.org