get a share of £300k cash pot

THE Government might still be predicting tough times ahead but things are set to get a little easier for people in our region.

You can now apply for community grants from a new £300,000 pot of money at West Lindsey District Council – the funding became available after a string of efficiency savings.

£250,000 will be given to community groups who apply for grants from the council’s new Community Action and volunteering Fund (CAV Fund). The other £50,000 will be handed out to groups trying to organise Olympic Games and Diamond Jubilee celebrations which promote community spirit.

West Lindsey District Council leader Coun Burt Keimach said this was an “exciting time” for the area.

He said: “These funds provide a great opportunity to stimulate and support a wide range of community activities throughout our district.

“We want to help enhance the good work happening in our communities and create a legacy of celebration, volunteering and community spirit.”

The CAV Fund can be used for activities that bring the community together for example, setting up a residents group or gardening club or carrying out small improvements to community assets.

To ensure the CAV Fund is evenly distributed the district is being split into six areas – Market Rasen, Caistor, Trent, Fossdyke, Witham and Gainsborough – each getting £40,000.

The maximum CAV grant is £250 and it is £1,000 for Olympics of Jubilee funding – grants will be determined by a panel which includes councillors and community members.

WLDC is working with Community Lincs to administer the CAV grant and Lincolnshire Sports Partnership on the Olympics and Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Fund.

Lincolnshire Sports Partnership’s chief executive Janet Inman said: “We look forward to engaging the local community through the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. It is an exciting year for Lincolnshire and we’re proud to be part of it.”

To apply for the CAV Fund contact Jenny Stone on 01529 301951, 01529 302466 or e-mail her at cav.fund@communitylincs.com.

To apply for the Olympics or Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Fund download an application at lincolnshiresports.com or call 01522 585 580.