Groups with a great idea for a community event in central Boston or those who already run one are can submit an application for Boston Big Local’s Local Event Grants Scheme, which has funding totalling £18,000 available. The next deadline for applications is 19 January 2018 but groups who require a decision before then are invited to get in touch.

The Local Event Grants Scheme has previously supported events such as Boston Bike Night and Butterfly Hospice Trust’s Ugly Bug Marathon. Between now and the end of March 2019, the scheme will support six small events up to a maximum of £1,500 each and two larger scale events up to £4,500 each. The scheme is administered by Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service (LCVS) on behalf of Boston Big Local.

Richard Tory, Boston Big Local Chair, said: “One of our main priorities is building community spirit and we feel supporting these events can help with bringing people together and instilling pride in the town as well as attracting tourists and promoting all that Boston has to offer.”

Final decisions on all applications for funding will rest with an independent panel made up of people who live, work or volunteer in the Boston Big Local area.

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 and run events.

If you have an event that might benefit from Local Event Grants Scheme funding and you would like to find out more, contact Jody Raggo, LCVS Area Officer for Boston, on 01205 510888 (choose option 1) or email

Application forms and further guidance are available here on our website.