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Council invests £33k in Lincoln community groups

Community groups in Lincoln could benefit over £33,000 worth of funding from the City Council as part of the ward budgets scheme.

Each councillor in the City of Lincoln Council is given £1,000 to spend on good causes in their ward.

They can either spend it on a number of causes or a separate one, or ward councillors can pool their money, leaving a total sum of £3,000 to be spent on beneficiaries.

The ward budgets scheme first started in 2009 and 65 different groups have benefitted from £115,000 since.

Examples of funding include two Entonox kits for LIVES, £3,000 for the Hill Holt Wood project — improvement the South Witham Marsh, making it more accessible to the public — and gardening equipment and plants for pupils at Hartsolme Primary School.

Councillor Ric Metcalfe, Leader of the City of Lincoln Council, said: “The Ward Budgets scheme is a tremendous way of empowering the local community and is a unique way of investing in the city.

“Over the last few years hundreds of organisations have been able to tap into this funding and pay for things they may not have been able to afford otherwise.

“I’d really encourage local community groups and charities to make sure they apply this year.

“If you know an organisation who could benefit from this scheme please get in touch.”

For information on the scheme, visit the city council website or call 01522 873387.

Source: City of Lincoln Council