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Funds available for community events in Boston

Groups with an idea for a community event in central Boston, or those who already run one, are being urged to get applications in for funding totalling £18,000.

Boston Big Local has made the funds available again this year, having previously supported events including Boston Bike Night and Butterfly Hospice Trust's Ugly Bug Marathon. The next deadline for applications is January 19 but groups who require a decision before then are invited to get in touch.

The Local Event Grants Scheme is designed to support six small events up to a maximum of £1,500 and two larger scale events of up to £4,500 between now and end of March, 2019. It is again being administered by Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service (LCVS) on behalf of Boston Big Local. 

Richard Tory, Boston Big Local chairman, said: "One of Boston Big Local's main priorities is building community spirit and we feel supporting these events can help with bringing people together and instilling pride in the town as well as attracting tourists and promoting all that Boston has to offer."

Final decisions on all applications for funding will rest with an independent panel made up of people living, working or volunteering within the Boston Big Local area.

LCVS will also work with groups to support them to ensure they have the right infrastructure in place to successfully deliver an event. LCVS can provide advice and information on governance, volunteering support, support with policies and procedures, identifying and meeting training needs and becoming fit to fundraise and run events.

Boston Big Local is a resident-led ten-year programme to help make the town centre area an even better place to live. Projects must benefit the central town centre area of Boston the funding is designed to support.

If you have an event you think could benefit from this funding and would like to find out more, contact Mr Jody Raggo, LCVS Area Officer for Boston, on 01205 510888  and chose option 1 or email jody.r@lincolnshirecvs.org.uk.

Application forms and further guidance are available via www.lincolnshirecvs.org.uk