How to bid for £1M of community support

Dick Woodcock, Ian Brady, Sarah Tyson and Bess Scott Gunn EMN-140206-132859001

Dick Woodcock, Ian Brady, Sarah Tyson and Bess Scott Gunn EMN-140206-132859001

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Community groups are been advised to attend an event tomorrow to see how they can gain grants and expert help for their projects.

Representatives of the Tealby Village Shop and the Dunholme Improvement Group will be speaking at the Power to Change Roadshow at Lincolnshire Showground about their experiences and how they gained backing from groups including Locality, Plunkett and Partners, plus the £1 million West Lindsey Community Assets Fund.

Bess Scott Gunn of the Tealby Village Shop said thanks to help from such organisations, the 10-year-old community-run shop is “now on a firm footing.”

“There’s all sorts of advice available from people who know what they are talking about- financial people, legal people. They have a wealth of knowledge,” she said.

Simon Barrett of the Dunholme Improvement Group (DIG) will talk about how his group has progressed in trying to create a ‘community hub’ in the village.

Originally, DIG wanted to convert the former Lord Nelson pub, but is now considering the Old School.

Simon says when he first attended the event last year, he learned there was much advice and financial support out there, if you knew where to look, and it was events like this that would tell you.

“It’s certainly important for communities wanting to do things. They need to go to events like this. You meet with like-minded people. If you don’t go, you don’t get the info.”