Since receiving a £400 county council grant towards a CCTV camera, David Ward of East Barkwith Post Office reports many benefits.
It’s not just his insurance premiums going down, but every 6-8 weeks, the police ask to see his footage in the fight against crime.
“The footage has been used in many cases and recently the police looked at our footage to place a Lincoln murderer who drove past our shop in his car,” David explained.
The grant was just one of many Rural Gain Grants awarded by Lincolnshire County Council every year.
The county council has just issued an appeal for more applicants, who must submit their entries by November 28.
Aimed at rural businesses in settlements with fewer than 5,000 residents, Rural Gain Grants of up to £10,000 are available, paying up to half the costs of a project.
Other recent beneficiaries include the Tealby Village Shop, who received a £1,000 grant in 2011. Overall, some 26 county businesses have shared more than £125,000 of funding in recent years.
David says it is essential rural businesses apply for such support, saying they have helped with the viability of his business.
He adds the Post Office recently paid for new signage and a repainted shop front.