This fund is available to support new and existing events that bring people together and build community spirit in the Boston Big Local area.

Boston Big Local has commissioned Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service (LCVS) to administer the community events grants scheme, which is designed to enable events that draw people together and take place in central Boston.

Funding of up to £1,000 per event is available to support activities in the Boston Big Local area and up to twelve events will be funded in any one year. A panel will meet three times each year to consider applications for funding.

The closing date for applications for the next round of funding will be Friday 28 July 2017.

The panel will meet on 8 August to consider the applications received.

After that, the next deadline for applications will be 19 January 2018.

How to apply

If you have an event that you think could benefit from this funding and would like to find out more, contact Joe Blissett, Area Officer East Lindsey and Boston, at Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service. Joe can be contacted by emailing or calling 01205 510888 (Choose Option 1) or 01507 613082.

The final decision on all applications for funding will be made by an independent panel. The panel’s responsibility will be to make sure funding is awarded to events that will best benefit the local community – whether it be a new event or something with proven success that needs an extra boost.

LCVS will also work with groups to support them to ensure they have the right infrastructure in place to successfully deliver an event. LCVS can provide advice and information on governance, volunteering support, support with policies and procedures, identifying and meeting training needs and becoming fit to fundraise. Being fit to fundraise includes having bank accounts and insurance in place and being aware of obligations such as those related to health and safety.

Richard Tory, Boston Big Local chairman, said: “A community consultation conducted over a period of 18 months by Boston Big Local revealed residents in the area wanted to see more events to bring the community together and increase community spirit and public pride.

“We want to encourage and support participation in community life and for residents to feel positive about the diverse culture and community in Boston.”

You can read about some of the Community Events Grants already awarded here on our news page.