Volunteer groups bid for community cash
VOLUNTEER groups are in line for a cash boost.
West Lindsey District Council's Community Action And Volunteering Fund was set up to give community groups an opportunity to pay for small improvements.
A total of £200,000 was set aside and will be available in small grants until 2014.
Market Rasen-based Leader of WLDC Councillor Burt Keimach wants to encourage more groups in the Wolds to apply for funding.
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He said: "It is sometimes a vital lifeline for these groups to have some extra funding. If you know of any groups where even £250 would make a big difference, then please let them know about the CAV Fund.
"It's not just the larger towns and villages that can apply for this funding, it is also some of the smaller groups that need vital funds for their projects.
"The fund has been set up as part of the council's commitment to its Localism Programme, which aims to support sustainable community activity. The maximum you can apply for is £250 and this can be up to 100 per cent of the project cost.
"Any constituted community group or parish council in the district can apply. If you are a group that does not have a constitution you may still be able to apply, so please contact Community Lincs, which is managing the fund for West Lindsey District Council."
The fund can support a broad range of activity including:
Community events such as street parties
Setting up new community activities, such as a gardening club or residents' group
Undertake small improvements to local assets such as painting a community room, buying equipment for a village hall or buying planters and hanging baskets to improve the street scene.
Volunteers who have rescued Market Rasen Railway Station from dereliction were one of the first groups to apply and be granted funding for four large paintings by local artists, which are hung in the building's window spaces overseeing the car park.
Treasurer and secretary of the group Martin Barnard said: "We were delighted with how easy it was to apply, how smooth the process was and with the helpful and supportive approach of the people in the West Lindsey CAV team.
"It was so straightforward and beneficial that we have already applied for a further grant."
And there is nothing to stop local groups doing just that, as they can apply to the CAV Fund again six months after an initial application, as long as it is for something different.
To apply for a grant, call Jenny Stone at Community Lincs on 01529 301951 or 01529 302466 or e-mail email@example.com