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Boston Town Area Committee (BTAC) has supported a number of local projects in its latest grant-funding round.

Beneficiaries of its Small Grant Scheme include Lincolnshire Youth Mission's RoadHoG Youth Bus.

The RoadHoG Bus Youth project is a fully-resourced double decker bus. The project aims to broaden young people's horizons by providing a mobile youth centre and a youth worker as a free resource to local schools by day and by creating a safe place on the streets by night.

They currently work with five primary schools in Boston, three of which are in the BTAC area - St Nicholas Primary (Skirbeck Ward), Tower Road School (Trinity Ward) and Park Academy (Witham Ward)

Community evening visits are made every other week to Tunnard Street Car Park (Witham Ward) and Woad Farm Queen of Spades Car Park (Skirbeck Ward)

It received an £878 BTAC contribution towards the costs of school and community evening visits.

They have calculated that they hope to engage with 2,130 young people in 2018 of which 61 per cent will come from the BTAC areas.

St Leonards Hospital Trust - Trinity Ward - provides almshouse accommodation to ten single men aged 60 or over, or are disabled, and are inhabitants of the Borough of Boston with a preference for those residing in the parish of Skirbeck.

The organisation received £550 BTAC grant for a garden bench for the use of residents and their visitors in the communal garden at the rear of the almshouses.

Applications can now be made for the next round of grants. The deadline is August 15.

Chairman of BTAC's small grants group, Cllr Paul Gleeson, said: "Grant applications can be made by any town-based community group or organisation. BTAC is here to help and we encourage applications. Of course, these are public funds, so, although they can be used for a wide-range of purposes, from start-up costs to purchase of a range of goods and services, all applications will be scored against criteria. But don't let that put you off - if you don't ask, you don't get."

Formally-constituted town-based community groups and organisations can apply for up to £1,000 towards projects which have a benefit to the BTAC area and its residents.

For more information or an application pack contact Maddy Eyre, the scheme administrator, at Boston Borough Council, Municipal Buildings, West Street, Boston, PE21 8QR, call her on 01205 314340 or email maddy.eyre@boston.gov.uk