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Don't miss chance of £1,000 community funding

There is still time for residents and community groups from the Boston Big Local area to get their hands on up to £1,000 Community Chest funding.

The Community Chest is being run until March, 2017, with this final round's deadline being Tuesday, February 28, at 6pm, and will be decided by a panel of residents within the local area.

Grants of up to £1,000 are available for residents and community groups to apply for, as long as their project or idea meets one of the four Boston Big Local priorities: Improving health and wellbeing; creating a more attractive environment; building community spirit or encouraging enterprise and benefits residents from the Boston Big Local area.

Mr Jody Raggo, Boston Big Local resident and facilitator of the Community Chest said: "In the last year, the Community Chest panel has awarded 18 groups a total of £15,000 from the Community Chest fund, ranging from supporting Hallowe'en and horticultural events to supporting Blood Cancer, Down's Syndrome and disability support groups and health-related initiatives such as an inter-school triathlon and the continuation of healthy walks. We have already seen the difference that the funding has made for some of the groups and it is inspiring the work these groups do in benefiting the community.

"I would encourage anyone or any group to take up this opportunity to apply for Community Chest funding."

You can request a copy of the Community Chest application form and guidance notes by contacting Mr Raggo, on 07903 857 263 or via email

Boston Big Local is a ten-year resident-led £1million programme. Boston has been selected by the Big Lottery as one of 150 areas around England to be granted £1m to make a lasting positive difference to the community.

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Jody Raggo, left, and Richard Tory, chairman of Boston Big Local, right, present members of Lincolnshire Down's Syndrome Support Group with their £1,000 Community Chest cheque