CABINET CALL: How your councillors help groups

Coun Peter Coupland, portfolio holder for finance, South Holland District Council.
Coun Peter Coupland, portfolio holder for finance, South Holland District Council.

All 37 South Holland district councillors have a designated community budget to draw down on to help fund local community projects.

All of these are awarded at their own discretion, so it gives us a great opportunity to help valuable initiatives.

Your ward district councillor will consider all requests from all community groups relating to the young and elderly, sports groups, religious groups and so on.

Coun Peter Coupland, portfolio holder for finance, South Holland District Council

There are certain parameters that you have to work within, but generally funding can be found for most community projects.

On larger projects, councillors can contribute to the overall costs but not look to use all their allocation up on one project.

Your ward district councillor will consider all requests from all community groups relating to the young and elderly, sports groups, religious groups and so on.

The application process is straightforward and only takes a few weeks to finalise.

Some examples of past successful projects to receive funding are outlined below.

Crowland councillors Jim Astill, Bryan Alcock and Angela Harrison supported a playground pirate ship at Abbey 345 Play Group.

Pinchbeck councillors Sally Slade, Elizabeth Sneath and James Avery provided £500 so that Pinchbeck Junior Girls Under 13’s football team could benefit from a new playing kit.

The future of the long-running Spalding Choir Voices Unplugged was secured thanks to funding support from councillors Gary Taylor, Jane King, Robert Clark, Elizabeth Sneath, Jack McLean and George Aley.

I myself made a contribution towards the replacement of a bus shelter at Fleet Hargate.

A replacement boiler made possible at Long Sutton and District Scout Hut via support from Long Sutton councillors Laura Eldridge, Jack Tyrrell and Andrew Tennant.

Funding was given by Holbeach councillors Nick Worth, Francis Biggadike, Tracey Carter and Paul Foyster towards the staging of the Holbeach Music and Beer Festival.

Any group or individual looking for funding assistance on community projects should contact their ward councillor(s) for possible help.

You can call SHDC on 01775 761161 for contact details of your district councillor or visit www.sholland.gov.uk