More cash up for grabs with fund relaunch

Janet Clark and Jenny Stone
Janet Clark and Jenny Stone

Community groups across the West Lindsey area can look forward to even more funding opportunities with the launch of Community Chest.

Previously known as the 
Community Action and Volunteering Fund (CAV), it was relaunched as Community Chest last week at a celebration event in Glentworth village hall.

The evening also acted as a showcase for projects that had already received funding and was a chance to applaud their achievements.

And the new name for the West Lindsey District Council fund also comes with an increase in the amount on offer from the small grants pot.

Previously, groups could apply for up to £250 from the fund, but from May 1 this has been increased to £500.

“Small grants in the hands of people like these go a long way,” said Mary Hollingsworth, lead officer for enterprising communities, who also praised the work of volunteers within the groups.

“Volunteers oil the wheels of our society,” she added.

Since the CAV Fund was launched in February 2012, a range of projects have been funded - from street parties to support groups - with more than £250,000 handed out.

The projects have involved 1,392 recorded volunteers contributing an estimated 12,050 plus hours of their time.

“For many groups, this was the first time they had applied for funding,” said Janet Clark, Senior Officer with Community Lincs, who administer the fund on behalf of the District Council.

“The feedback we have been given has shown this has been a positive experience.”

As before, applications can be made for 100 per cent of project costs or as a contribution to a larger project, as long as match funding is in place.

And, also as before, groups can apply for a new project after just six months.

But this time round, there is an additional, higher level allocation available.

Those looking to develop a Community Led Plan (Parish Plan) can access £1,000 to support its development or address actions arising from it.

Community Lincs will continue to administer the Community Chest fund, offering support for all groups to guide them through the process and help with completing the application form.

“The application form remains simple, but is still only accessible direct from Community Lincs, not on-line,” added Janet.

To find out how Community Chest could help your community group and to request an application pack, which can be sent through the post or emailed, call the Community Lincs team on 01529 301970 or email: cav@communitylincs.com