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South & East Lincolnshire Councils Partnership announces second round of funding worth £45,000 to support community projects

The South & East Lincolnshire Councils Partnership has announced a second round of funding, thanks to a grant of £45,000 from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) as part of the South & East Lincolnshire Crowd Programme, supporting community projects in Boston, East Lindsey and South Holland that improve the local area.

Having initially launched in February of this year, the new funding round builds on the existing funds available through this programme, which now total £135,000 across the sub-region.

In partnership with Spacehive, the community fundraising platform, the South & East Lincolnshire Crowd programme enables local residents across the sub-region to access funding for community improvement initiatives. The crowdfunding nature of this programme in conjunction with local authority funding, maximises the amount campaigners can raise to deliver transformational community projects.

The South & East Lincolnshire Councils Partnership and Spacehive are keen to hear from residents that have an innovative idea to improve their local area to get involved. No fundraising experience is necessary - 65% of Spacehive creators are creating a community project for the first time. Spacehive assists project creators with online workshops, 1-2-1 support and resources, providing advice on everything from project costs to campaign promotion.

The South & East Lincolnshire Councils Partnership has previously supported a number of transformational community-led ideas on Spacehive, including a dog play paddock & exercise area in Tydd Saint Mary, receiving a £2,000 contribution from South Holland District Council.

In a joint statement, Boston Borough Councillor Emma Cresswell Portfolio Holder for Communities (People), East Lindsey District Councillor Sarah Devereux, Portfolio Holder for Partnerships and South Holland District Councillor Tracey Carter, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Communities and Operational Housing said: "One of our main ambitions as a Partnership is to help better support our communities across the sub-region, our crowdfunding platform allows us to do just that - ensuring the projects that matter most to communities get the support they deserve."

"With enough contributions of as little of £1, often mean the Council can assist a project in some way; so we'd really encourage our residents to have a look at the platform and see if there are any projects you would be interesting in donating to."

Misha Dhanak, CEO of Spacehive, said: "Spacehive puts power into the hands of local people to transform where they live and it's inspiring to hear how residents will reimagine their local areas. Spacehive's collaboration with the South & East Lincolnshire Councils Partnership means that local communities have the opportunity to access funds to help make these ideas a reality, and we're excited to see what happens next".

To find out more about the South & East Lincolnshire Crowd, please visit https://www.spacehive.com/movement/southandeastlincs. All project ideas should be launched on the Spacehive platform by Wednesday 29 November.