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New fund to support community events in Boston

A new fund is available to enable new and support existing events that bring people together and build community spirit in the Boston Big Local area.

Boston Big Local has commissioned Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service (LCVS) to administer a community events grants scheme.

The scheme is designed to enable events that draw people together to take place in central Boston.

The fund totalling £18,000 is designed to support six small events and at least one larger scale event between now and end of March 2017.

Boston Big Local is one of 150 areas that have been awarded £1million to make a lasting and positive difference to their local community.

Richard Tory, Boston Big Local chairman, said: "A community consultation conducted over a period of 18 months by Boston Big Local revealed residents in the area wanted to see more events to bring the community together and increase community spirit and public pride.

"We want to encourage and support participation in community life and for residents to feel positive about the diverse culture and community in Boston."

Final decisions on all applications for funding will rest with an independent panel.

Marie Chapman, LCVS senior community development and volunteer officer, said: "Our involvement is intended to enable good projects and ideas to be identified and get the support they need to become reality.

"There are lots of great ideas already coming to light for events in the Boston Big Local area.

"The panel's responsibility will be to ensure funding is awarded to events that will best benefit the local community whether it be a new event or something with proven success that just needs an extra boost."

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. If you have an event you think could benefit from this funding and would like to find out more contact Mandy Exley, LCVS community development officer, on 01205 365580 or email mandy.e@lincolnshirecvs.org.uk