Get up to £1,000 for community development

Community groups in West Lindsey are being urged to apply for up to £1,000 from a council Community Chest fund.

West Lindsey District Council is re-launching the Community Action and Volunteering Fund (CAV Fund) – under a new name and with more cash up for grabs.

The Community Chest Fund enables groups to apply for up to £500 to help them with their local projects – previously the maximum was £250.

Areas which are developing a community plan or implementing actions from a current community plan can apply for up to £1,000 to help with this.

So far the CAV Fund, administered by Community Lincs, has helped more than 100 projects and supported around 1,200 volunteers in its first year.

Treasurer and secretary of the Market Rasen Station Adoption Group, Martin Barnard, is delighted at how the grant made it possible to support a local art group and make a real difference to the look and feel of Market Rasen station.

He said: “We were delighted with how easy it was to apply, how smooth the process was and with the helpful and supportive approach of the people in the West Lindsey CAV team.

“It was so straightforward and beneficial that we have already applied for a further grant.”

Director of communities and localism Rachel North said: “The launch of the Community Chest and the increase in the funds available will hopefully be able to help a lot more groups in our area.

“The CAV Fund was very successful in its first year and this shows how small sums of money can make a big difference to local community action. It supports West Lindsey District Council’s objectives to work more closely with our communities.

“We now want to make it even more attractive by increasing the amount of grant a community can apply for and positively encouraging Community Led Plans.”

Fiona White, chief executive of Community Lincs, said: “The ability to access small amounts of money has enabled groups to deliver some exceptional projects and activities. The local support and advice that we provide has really helped these groups to develop their activities.

If you would like to apply for funding phone 01529 301970. Alternatively email: cav@communitylincs.com