New dates for £300,000 community fund workshops

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A new round of workshops to assist community groups to apply for a £300,000 fund has been announced.

The free workshops are being laid on by Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service (LCVS) to help groups find out how to successfully apply for South Kesteven District Council’s Community Fund.

The deadline for applications is Friday, January 8. The fund is designed to support the development and creation of community amenities, buildings, events and community enterprise.

LCVS is running workshops to offer guidance on completing application forms to ensure they include all relevant information to boost chances of success.

Marie Chapman, senior volunteering and community development officer, said: “SKDC has asked us to help ensure this money gets to where it is needed most. We know how daunting applying for funds can be and no-one wants that to be a barrier.

“These workshops will help those people who have ideas for projects to benefit their community to ensure they give all the necessary information to the decision makers to allow them to support the projects that will deliver real results.”

There are four categories of community projects that can claim in the range of £500-£10,000:

* Community amenities – outdoor facilities such as shelters and games area;

* Community buildings – repairs, maintenance and alterations to village halls and other public buildings, contributions to new build community buildings and the purchase of equipment;

* Community enterprise – projects which generate an ongoing revenue stream for a community;

* Supporting communities – supporting the work of organisations who support communities.

A fifth category is for community events that can claim in the range of £200 - £5,000.

Workshops will run:

*Tuesday, December 1, 10 am to 11am – Stamford Town Hall

*Wednesday, December 2, 10am to 11am – SKDC Offices (The Glen Room)

*Monday, December 7, 1pm – 2pm – Long Bennington Village Hall

*Tuesday, December 8, 10am-11am – Colsterworth Village Hall

*Monday, December 14, 6.30pm to 7.30pm - Deeping Community Centre

*Workshops in Billingborough and Bourne are awaiting confirmation

Information: www.lincolnshirecvs.org.uk