A chance to apply for a cash boost

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Spalding businesses and local interest groups are being given the chance to bid for cash to help boost the town’s economy.

A pot of money is available for those with projects to bring forward on how to help market the town and its businesses.

The cash is the remainder of the section 106 money which came out of the formal planning contract with developers when the Springfields shopping centre was built.

Applicants have until June 30 to apply, with details of how to obtain and submit an application available on the South Holland District Council website.

Applications will then be scored by a grants panel – made up of councillors, council officers and independent business and community representatives – with final funding decisions being made by the council’s Cabinet committee at the beginning of October.

Coun Howard Johnson, Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, said: “There are very specific uses for the money.

“It has to be used for initiatives in the town centre and it can also be used for joint marketing initiatives between the town and Springfields.

“We want to work with local businesses and groups to help them identify what is needed”.

An application form and simple guidance notes have been made available to help with bids for grants to ensure consistency throughout the scoring process and to explain what type of projects will be eligible for funding.

If you would like to have an initial discussion about your proposed bid, or require assistance with your application contact the South Holland District Council Economic Development team on 01775 764563 or email economicdevelopment@sholland.gov.uk