Councillor Grant Scheme

Through the Empowering Healthy Communities Programme 30 Ward Councillors and 18 Parish Councils are set to receive a £1000 grant to provide additional support to their local area. The programme aims to  support residents through and beyond the current COVID-19 pandemic, with the help of Boston Borough Council’s trusted community leaders, the scheme will be helping to diversify, enhance and accelerate community engagement, with targeted communications focussing on building trust and confidence in public health information.

This initiative aims to help to revitalise communities in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Examples of what the funding could be used for include, but are not limited to:

  • Translation materials
  • Covid-19 related projects (including funding for PPE supplies)
  • Projects to inspire healthy lifestyles
  • Digital tools (such as laptops and iPads for community groups)

Full guidance of the scheme, a map of wards councils and eligibility, please click on the links at the bottom of this page:

If you are interested in applying then please contact your Ward Councillor, Parish Council or Nichola Holderness, Empowering Healthy Communities Co-ordinator at nichola.holderness@boston.gov.uk

Related press releases:
5th July 2021 – Boston Borough Community groups invited to apply for funding from new Councillor Grant Scheme

Councillor Grants issued so far:

EDAN Lincs, a domestic abuse charity offering emergency refuge accommodation and outreach advice and support to people experiencing and fleeing domestic abuse, have recently been awarded funding from the Councillor Grant Scheme. This is a joint funding project and a total of £3,250 has been awarded from Councillors Neill Hastie, Katie Chalmers, Jonathan Noble, Paul Skinner and Anton Dani.

The funding will enable the group to continue to provide support and advice to people in Lincolnshire whose first language is not English and who require an interpreter.

In their application they stated that: “To have additional funding would help us help victims that come to us with domestic abuse with translation services – to help communicate with them about their situation and what help might be available to them, as well as offer our S.A.F.E course, that helps victims regain their confidence, understand domestic abuse and signs for the future relationships to help them to re-enter community life again.”

Councillor Paul Goodale has recently awarded £500 of his Councillor Grant Scheme funding to the Samaritans of Boston.

The funding will go towards promotional material and advertising to raise awareness of the service within the community. Raising the awareness of the service given by the Samaritans is critical for those needing emotional support. Dispelling the myth that you have to be contemplating taking you own life to be able to talk to someone is vital so their focus is to support before things get too difficult to bear. As well as offering emotional support they are able to signpost to relevant organisations that can help with any difficulties being experienced.

The application stated that “Supporting the hard to reach communities using current promotional and advertising materials will give the reassurance that there is a lifeline for them to access before things get too difficult to cope with.  A telephone call or email to Samaritans is free 24/7 so no one need feel alone or without support.”

Boston Lithuanian Community Group have recently been awarded £1,000 from Councillor Alison Austin from her Councillor Grant Scheme funding.
The funding will enable the group to continue with the 60hrs of free consultation and social club sessions they deliver twice per week including travelling expenses.

The project will help to:

  • Assist the lonely and vulnerable and ensure they feel included
  • Increase access to guidance and reaching local support services
  • Improve overall well-being and inclusiveness of the community
  • A Social programme to encourage all members to form new friendships
  • Build stronger relationships and engagement within communities
  • Make the community supported and inclusive
  • Help people tackle isolation issues and make them more integrated.
  • Encourage people to become happier, healthier and more integrated.

Chairperson of the group, Jurate Matulioniene said in her application: “The group fundraise from their events and charge some small fees for their clubs. However, we want to give opportunity for the vulnerable and the elderly and low income families who need our support to come to our hub for free. Therefore, funding support and resources are essential for our projects, rent, insurance, internet, printing, training of volunteers, sessional workers, coordination, travelling expenses, promotion, leaflets, etc. Also, we are looking for other streams of grants and support which will guarantee sustainability and continuity of supporting people of supporting people of our group and collaborating with other local groups in helping our local communities to be happier, healthier and more inclusive.”
The application stated that last year alone over 500 people contributed from this community group. Our volunteers organised a massive Kindness Campaign and Settlement Status campaign. With the help of previous funding we organised advice sessions, help with documents, Universal Credit, housing applications, phone calls, befriending calls, etc. And we would like to continue to support our groups most vulnerable and isolated and run our educational activities. Boston Lithuanian Community’s Hub has become an essential point of our group. It is an educational centre that runs children’s and adults clubs and support centre for the vulnerable, lonely, and isolated.

As part of the Cllr Grant Scheme Cllr Yvonne Stevens has been able to support a proposal put forward by Paul Collingwood from Willoughby Road Allotments Association. The application was for the creation of a peaceful and reflective space for hospital staff, plot holders and public to sit and enjoy.
 
Paul stated in his application that after consultations with NHS workers who walk through the allotment that a public area for people to sit and enjoy would be very beneficial to many. After talking to many health workers over the last few months who walk through our allotment their overriding concerns are to be out in the fresh air and to get away from the stresses and strains they have incurred. Also people who walk by will be able to sit and relax, read and enjoy quite time. The area chosen to adapt was previously a derelict corner unused for many years.
 
Paul said: “An old shed will be repurposed with help from a youth justice programme who have a plot adjacent. Inside the shed will be space to install a small book case. Trees and grass turf will be installed with grass protecting matting laid on the turf, this will mean that no one will be excluded from entering the area, along with chairs, tables and a small pond area with solar water pumps. An edible hedge will be planted as a border and also to attract wildlife. Fencing will erected at the front of the area along with raised bed planters with an arch as the entrance. A small area will be planted with bulbs to follow the seasons and bring colour to the site.
 
“The Covid pandemic has proved beyond all doubt the need to improve our mental health. We can attract people of all abilities. A number of our plot holders are in the vulnerable category so when they visit their plots they will be able to take time to reflect and contemplate their thoughts. We have a very special relationship with our local community and this will enhance their visits.”
 
More information on this grant will be shared once works start.
 

The Local Community Centre a registered charity has been successful in applying for a Councillor Community Grant from both Cllr Martin Griggs and Cllr Stephen Woodliffe.

The grant has been used to install a 50 litre mains cold feed water heater which provides hot water to the sink in the centres kitchen benefiting many groups using the facility. Now any groups that use the centres facilities to either wash up their pots and utensils after their sessions have hot water instead of having to boil a kettle for this, it is much more efficient and has removed any health and safety issues.

£500 funding for the 10th Boston Scout Group via the Councillor Grant scheme has been supported by Cllr Peter Bedford.
The funding will purchase a new kitchen mess tent which caters for up to 30 adults and children and will be used at cubs, scouts and beavers camps. It will also be used for fundraising activities and other charity events within the community such as The Beonna Project, Local Hope and Group Gala Days.
 

? Cllr Bedford presents funds to the 10th Boston Scout Group Monday evening

Leverton Parish Council have recently awarded their Parish Grant Scheme funding of £1,000 to Leverton Church Hall.
The funding will be used for the repainting of the Church Hall externally and the provision of a new Church Hall sign.
The application made outlined that the project will preserve the exterior of the Church Hall and will assist in avoiding ingress of adverse weather conditions which would otherwise impact on the usage of the building and will also extend the longevity of the building. The project will also enable the provision of a larger more visible, brighter sign.
The Church Hall allows the local community to come together for fetes, coffee mornings, charity fundraising events and local community meetings. This enables the residents to build stronger social relationships whilst at the same time contribute to raising funds for local and national charities.

Singing for Fun, a singing group which has been running since 2015 with over 40+ members has recently been awarded funding from the Councillor Grant Scheme. This is a joint funding project and has been awarded from Councillors Aaron Spencer and Peter Watson.

The funding will help to pay for ongoing support of a tutor. They have found that having a professional singing teacher gives the group sessions a bit of structure enabling confidence, which also helps everyone with the warm up and breathing exercises that brings the health benefits to singing.

The application stated that: “The benefits to singing are enormous. Along with being fun and satisfying our aspiration to be the next Britain`s got Talent it really helps participants to relax enjoy themselves in a non- judgemental atmosphere.

“Being part of a social group brings opportunities to make new friends, remain socially connected and have a sense of belonging helping to prevent isolation. The Singing for Fun group are members of the community with no professional singing experience are very friendly, welcoming new members giving participants the opportunity to socialise make new friends.”

It will also be used to help to fund the venues. We know that it will be a while until we can return to ‘normal’ so to reach 40 + members/residents a week we will have to have more sessions with fewer participants.

Councillor Judith Skinner has recently awarded Toot Lane Allotments £1,000 from her Councillor Grant Scheme funding.

The funding will go towards a refurbished vandal proof container to house the association’s equipment. This will not only provide safety of this equipment but will also provide easy access for tenants to gain when visiting and working on their plots for years to come.

The Salvation Army have recently been awarded £500 from Councillor Paul Goodale from his Councillor Grant Scheme funding.
 
The funding will enable them to bring happiness to many people this Christmas. Those who are lonely, those that are struggling financially. They can provide food parcels that will contain essential items and luxury products for Christmas.
 
The application stated that “For many people Christmas is a difficult time, people who come to us struggle on a day to day basis to make ends meet so the addition of Christmas pressures is more than some can manage and the generosity of this will make a huge difference in the lives of others.”
 
This grant will give ease and take off the stress and burden of the Christmas pressures by providing those essential food items, knowing where the next meal is coming from will ‘Save Christmas’ for many people this year.
 

Amber Hill Parish Council have recently awarded their Parish Grant Scheme funding of £1,000 to Amber Hill Playing Field Committee for a project called Active Kids.

The funding will be used for updating the children’s play area with new toddler swing seats, reinforced backing boards on the netball/kickwall area and new goal nets.

The application stated that due to Covid the park didn’t get used much but in recent months they have seen an improved footfall and they want to encourage the community to use the various facilities. As Amber Hill is a very rural with no other community activities or amenity parishioners come from all over the parish and their neighbouring village Holland Fen to bring their little ones to play and mix with other children.

There are also a number of ladies that meet to play netball and keep fit.

Councillor Paul Skinner has recently awarded part of his Councillor Grant Scheme funding to 3rd Boston (Fishtoft) Scout Group, they have received £500.
The funding will be used to upgrade their camping equipment to smaller 2/3 man tents and move away from larger patrol style tents. This will enable the group to have camping equipment that all the young people can both carry around and easily pitch themselves.
The application stated that camping in smaller groups will also help with keeping everybody safe and social distancing, so people could sleep alone in a tent if the camp site being used was a safe environment for this to be done.
They will also be purchasing some more games/activity equipment that can be used outside during meetings as they are encouraged to do more outside activities, prior to Covid-19 most items were for indoor use.
 
£250 funding for Freiston Bowls Club via the Councillor Grant scheme has been supported by Cllr Peter Bedford.

The funding will allow for embroidered badges on all members t-shirts. It is hoped this funding will allow for the promotion of the bowling club, hopefully encouraging more members of the community to take up the sport and become more active, reducing isolation within the community.

The The Boston Woods Trust has been successful in applying for a Councillor Community Grant from Cllr Tracey Abbott.

The grant funding will be used to design and print walking maps for both Fenside Woods and Sir Joseph Banks Country Park. The maps will also include access information for all visitors, highlighting all-weather paths and accessible entry points, so the facilities can be enjoyed by all in all weather. The funding will also enable the production of welcome signs at the new Dion’s Wood Nature Reserve, including translation into a number of languages via a QR code.

Councillor Richard Austin has been able to support the Boston Woods Trust with his share of the Councillor Grant Scheme funding made available by the Empowering Healthy Communities programme. This funding of £1,000 will be used to produce, print and distribute materials to engage with diverse communities within Boston to encourage planting and volunteering within the Boston Woods Trust sites. 
The trusts application stated: “Boston has a very diverse community with many of the inhabitants originating from areas of Eastern Europe, predominately Poland, Lithuanian, Latvia, Bulgarian and Romanian.
“There is little or no multilingual information available on the seven nature reserves, woodland and wildflower meadows that are available on the outskirts of Boston to provide volunteering opportunities, for enjoyment and enhanced wellbeing.
“The benefits of this project will allow for agreement within the wider community of a large project to plant 16,000 trees  by volunteers on the outskirts of the town, engage with all communities on voluntary opportunities and give awareness in the wider community of all seven large amenity and wildlife areas that are on the outskirts of Boston that are available 24/7 to be used for health and wellbeing purposes.”
The money will also be used for translating social media messages in a number of languages,  this will be supplemented by appropriate notices on site in different languages.