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Find out how to apply for community grants at free workshop in Grantham

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Several clubs and organisations have benefited from the district council’s community fund programme.

The fund is offered by South Kesteven District Council and has supported a vast array of community initiatives.

Among those to have benefited are: Grantham Civic Society to digitise over 1,000 photographs and slides of the town, run workshops to identify the images and document their subsequent social history; Fulbeck Village Hall committee to upgrade facilities; Billingborough Parish Council to install new play equipment for its village playing field; Jubilee Church Life Centre in Grantham to buy furniture and equipment for its English language learning club; and Grantham Senior Citizens Community Centre to buy new tables and chairs.

Other groups seeking financial support are invited along to a free workshop where they will gain practical tips.

The event is being organised by Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service (LCVS), which co-ordinates the fund on the council’s behalf.

David Fannin, LCVS chief executive, said: “We know applying for funds can be daunting and no-one wants that to be a barrier.

“These workshops help those people who have ideas for community projects and events to ensure they give all the information to the decision makers to allow them to support things that will deliver real results.”

LCVS offers guidance on completing the application forms to ensure they include all relevant information to boost chances of success.

Last year, Ted Foxall, of Grantham Senior Citizens Community Centre, said: “I would advise anyone applying for the grant to contact LCVS.”

There are four categories of Community Projects with applications invited for £500 to £10,000:

* Community Amenities – Outdoor facilities such as ‘Multiple Use Games Areas’, shelters, recreation areas, orchards, heritage, footpaths etc.;

* Community Buildings – Repairs, maintenance and alterations to village halls and other public buildings, contributions to new build community buildings and the purchase of equipment to be used in community buildings;

* Community Enterprise – Projects which generate an ongoing revenue stream for a community such as community owned pubs, shops, cafes, and community tourism initiatives;

* Supporting Communities – Supporting the work of organisations who support communities, including social enterprises, support organisations and Community Led Planning groups (to support the delivery of projects in their Community Led Plans).

Additionally there is a separate category, with a separate application form, for applications of between £200 to £5,000 for community celebrations, sports events, street festivals, arts and cultural events.

The workshop is on Wednesday, March 1, 10.30am to noon, at South Kesteven District Council offices, St Peters Hill, Grantham.

Places for the workshop are limited and must be booked via the LCVS course guide at www.lincolnshirecvs.org.uk or contact LCVS via enquiry@lincolnshirecvs.org.uk or 01205 510888 ext 4 for Grantham office.


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