Lincolnshire County Council makes more funds available for good causes

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County councillors will again be able to support good causes in their wards after a donation scheme was renewed for a third year.

Lincolnshire County Council has again given all its councillors £2,000 to give to the charities and organisations of their choice over the next 12 months.

The councillor big society fund was initially set up in 2011 after members agreed to freeze their allowance budgets until 2013.

A wide variety of causes have since benefitted and even more will now be able to get a slice of the extra funding.

Executive councillor for health Sue Woolley (Con), who represents Bourne Abbey, said: “The big society fund has proved to be very popular, enabling councillors with their local knowledge, to support small groups and charities which are active in their area.

“Community groups are the lifeblood of our towns and villages, and provide a fantastic variety of activities and services, for all ages, interests and abilities.

“Often a relatively small sum of money is all a group needs to get off the ground, or can help cover vital running costs.”

Several councillors joined forces to support organisations in their area.

Coun Woolley and Coun Charlotte Farquharson (Con), who has since lost her seat, each gave £250 to Bourne back-to-work group Toolbar and Bourne Outdoor Pool Preservation Trust.

Stamford’s three councillors chose to support a range of causes. Coun John Hicks (Lincs Independent) gave money to Stamford Queen Eleanor School, West End Wildcats and Stamford Foodbank, among others.

Coun David Brailsford (Con) made donations to the Friends of Stamford Hospital, Stamford Skatepark and The Evergreen Care Trust.

And Coun Martin Trollope-Bellew (Con) chose to support parish councils in his ward.

Council leader Martin Hill (Con), who represents the Folkingham Rural ward, donated money to 17 parish councils.

Former Deeping St James councillor Mike Exton (Con) supported arts groups, the Exotic Pet Refuge and scout and cadet groups.

Market and West Deeping councillor Peter Robinson (Con) gave money to churches, Langtoft Parish Council and Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice.

And former Colsterworth Rural councillor Roy Chapman split his fund between Great Ponton Parish Council and Colsterworth and District Youth Centre.