Wanted! Groups to bid for community cash
AN AWARD-winning Wolds community group is urging others to follow in their footsteps by snapping up a grant of up to £500 from the council.
Volunteers with the Market Rasen Station Adoption Group are getting behind a West Lindsey District Council drive to encourage more groups to apply for grants to help with their community work.
The move came as WLDC announced it is relaunching the Community Action and Volunteering fund (CAV), under a new name – the Community Chest fund – and with more cash up for grabs.
Martin Barnard, the secretary and treasurer of the Market Rasen Station Adoption Group, said he was "delighted" the grant had made it possible to support a local art group and make a real difference to the look and feel of the station, where murals adorn the platforms.
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He said: "We were delighted with how easy it was to apply and how smooth the process was.
"It was so straightforward and beneficial, we have already applied for a further grant."
Launched in 2012-13, the CAV fund has already supported 1,200 volunteers and helped more than 100 projects, ranging from village notice boards, to sports kits, youth activities and community gardens. Previously grants of £250 were available, but this has now gone up to £500.
Director of communities and localism Rachel North said: "The launch of the Community Chest and the increase in the funds available will hopefully be able to help a lot more groups in our area."
A celebration event will be held on Tuesday, April 16, to showcase the projects that have already received funding and applaud their achievements.
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The celebration event will be held in Glentworth Village Hall at 6.30pm and booking by Monday, April 8, is essential as places are limited.
Those who would like attend should call 01529 301970 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, which is also the number to call if you wish to apply for a grant.