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You could qualify for a share of £750,000

Do you have an idea which will benefit people living in Boston, but need some cash to get it off the ground? Or perhaps an ongoing project which needs a helping hand, or a boost to expand it?

Do you have an idea which will benefit people living in Boston, but need some cash to get it off the ground? Or perhaps an ongoing project which needs a helping hand, or a boost to expand it?

You need Boston Big Local... and it needs you! You may need a little, or a lot. It has a pot of Lottery cash to give away.

Boston Big Local received a cool £1 million from the National Lottery four years ago. It's YOUR money, to be spent by YOU, to the benefit of Boston residents over ten years - and there's £750,000 left.

The message from BBL is not to put off from asking. The process is simple and it will do all it can to assist you.

There are two funds - the community chest, which can issues grants up to £1,500, and the events fund for supporting bigger bids. But Chairman, Richard Tory, said: "We don't want people to be put off from claiming from either fund. And if we think an application has been made to the wrong fund, or that something is simply a good idea and has potential for a bigger grant we will do our best to accommodate it. An application to the community chest takes just five minutes to complete. Please have a go - if you don't ask, you don't get. We want to give this money away and it all has to be spent by the end of the ten-year period which is now six years away."

The smallest grant made so far was for just £96 all the way up to £19,000 for outdoor play equipment.

Qualification is straight forward - money allocated must be for the benefit of residents living in the BBL area (see map) - but a claim could be made by an individual, community group or charity from outside that area - and must meet one of four criteria - health and wellbeing, a more attractive environment, greater community spirit or encouraging enterprise.

BBL pump-primed Boston Marathon (UK) and helped Algarkirk's Jerry Green dog rescue centre with a fundraising event held in Boston. It has helped with funding for a lift at Blackfriars Theatre and Arts Centre to enable disabled performers and visitors to access all areas. It helps the Memory Lane arts project for people with dementia and, since the first, has funded the annual Boston Beach Days in Central Park.

This year, acting on feedback received, it also funded an additional three special events at the summer beach specifically aimed at people with dementia, those with additional support needs and for the over-60s.

BBL, together with Local Hope, funded a special swing in Central Park which accommodates someone in a wheelchair.

And BBL has awarded two £19,000 grants for extra play equipment and facilities in Central Park and Woodville Road play areas.

More information can be found at the BBL website - www.bostonbiglocal.co.uk - together with online application forms, which can also be printed off. If you need to chat through an idea before making a formal application you can email to info@bostonbiglocal.co.uk or write to Boston Big Local, c/o Age UK Lincoln and South Lincolnshire, Chantry House,Lincoln Lane, Boston PE21 8RU.

Richard said: "You can be an individual, a new or established community group or a charity. If you are not sure whether your project will qualify, have a go anyway. You've nothing to lose and everything to gain."

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Do you operate in this area? You could be in with a chance of a grant from BBL's £750,000 funding pot