£1.2million fund for community schemes

COMMUNITY enterprises, such as the village shop at Tealby and Caistor Heritage Centre, could increase following the announcement of a £1.2million investment fund from West Lindsey.

The Community Asset Fund is part of the council’s commitment to “help people help themselves”.

“Simply awarding grant after grant is not sustainable,” said Coun Jeff Summers.

“We need to use what funds we do have in a creative way to attract further funding.

“We strongly believe social enterprises are a really good way to achieve this for our local communities.”

The council has teamed up with national partners, CAN, and the Plunkett Foundation to manage the investment, which it is hoped will inspire local people to start community enterprises – businesses like shops, pubs or village halls set up by and for the benefit of local communities – in their areas.

There are no application forms, instead an advisory Panel will judge the viability of projects and the support needed.

If you have an idea for a community enterprise, register your interest by visiting: www.surveymonkey.com/s/West_Lindsey_Community_Ideas .