Apply for big society fund to spend on Lincolnshire projects

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COMMUNITY groups, charities and schools are set to benefit after councillors agreed to freeze their allowances.

Lincolnshire county councillors have been given £2,000 each for the next two years to give to community or voluntary groups, registered charities, faith or belief groups or schools as they see fit.

The money has come from councillors’ decision in May to freeze their allowance budgets until 2013.

They are now encouraging people and groups to apply for a slice of this Councillor Big Society Fund.

Coun John Hicks (Independent), representing Stamford North, said: “My passion is sport and leisure so anything in that area would receive consideration from me, particularly those offering to help those less able to afford things .

“It will be on a first come, first served basis for groups in Stamford and the surrounding area.”

Coun Sue Woolley (Con) of Bourne Abbey hopes to combine some of her fund with Coun Charlotte Farquharson (Con) of Bourne Castle.

She said: “It is a smallish pot and I would love to spend it as far and wide as possible.

“It will make a big difference for smaller groups that rely on donations from members of the public.

“Members know their areas best and know where the groups are that do a lot of good work but are a bit under the radar.”

And Coun Mike Exton (Con), of Deeping St James, is hoping the town’s parish council will encourage people to apply.

He said: “Hopefully they can invite people to contact me so we can give them some money.

“There are one or two groups I might approach but I would rather let people approach me first.”

Find out how to contact your councillor and apply at www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/bigsocietyfund.