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 Local Events Grants scheme between April 2017 and March 2019, which is designed to enable events that draw people together and take place in central Boston.

Funding of up to £1,500 for small events and a pot of £4,500 for a large event is available to support activities in the Boston Big Local area and up to 8 events can be supported. A panel will meet three times each year to consider applications for funding. 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.

The official closing date for applications for the next round of funding will be 5pm on Fri 31st August.

If you are considering applying for a grant, there will also be a chance to talk to Jody Raggo  about your event idea at a drop-in day on Thursday 17 January between 11am and 3.30pm at The Len Medlock Voluntary Centre, St George’s Road, Boston, PE21 8YB. Jody can also provide you with support and guidance with the completion of your application form. You can book a timeslot for the 17 January drop-in day by going to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/lincolnshire-cvs-2073722149.

How to apply

If you have an event that you think could benefit from this funding and would like to find out more, contact Jody Raggo, Area Officer, Boston, at Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service by emailing jody.r@lincolnshirecvs.org.uk or calling 01205 510888 (Choose Option 1) or 07903 857263. Alternatively you can download an application form via the Lincolnshire CVS website www.lincolnshirecvs.org.uk or here on the Boston Big Local website using the following links:

Application form as a PDF

Application form as a Word document

Application guidance notes

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: “One of Boston Big Local’s main priorities is Building Community Spirit and we feel supporting these events can help with bringing people together and instil pride in the town as well as attracting tourists and promoting all that Boston has to offer.”