Coastal Community Challenge plan has finally been approved

Pictured are just some of the members of the Coastal Community Challenge committee who are thrilled  with this latest announcement.

Pictured are just some of the members of the Coastal Community Challenge committee who are thrilled with this latest announcement.

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The Coastal Community Challenge (CCC) has finally had their local plan approved, so the £1million Big Lotto funding can now be released.

The committee are thrilled to finally have some good news to share with Mablethorpe, Sutton on Sea and Trusthorpe as the funds will be a big benefit for people living in all three of these coastal areas.

Committee member Kim Parrinder said: “All the committee are extremely proud to have been able to demonstrate and deliver a budget that has been accepted by the Big Lottery/Big Local.

“It has been a very long process, but a very worthwhile one, as we have covered every aspect of what the community of Mablethorpe, Trusthorpe and Sutton on Sea wanted within their wish list.

“This is the start of a new and exciting chapter for all 
of us, where all the communities of the LN12 area will benefit.”

Following a wide ranging consultation which has taken place over months at a time and a plan being put together, the £1million will be spent over a 10-year period and through a process which is supported by thecCounty’s leading independent grant manager, the Lincolnshire Community Foundation (LCF).

LCF will also be assisting the CCC to deliver this money to the local people/community groups who need it.

Initially over £200,000 will be released.

Sue Fortune, LCF’s Grant Manager, said: “After a long journey, we’ve achieved our first goal releasing over £200,000 worth of funding to support projects that improve the lives and wellbeing of people living in Mablethorpe, Trusthorpe and Sutton on Sea.

“£25,000 has been set aside for grant payments and we’re keen to talk to potential applicants before the closing date of April 2015.”

But it is not just this money that will benefit the three towns, unlocking this funding means that it will help to gain various other funds, which will increase the overall amount of money that will be available and extend the life of the grant to help and support more people over a longer period of time. Last year the CCC awarded several smaller grants of up to £500, but for the coming years, the committee will be able to award funding of up to £5,000.

Alongside these grants, the committee is also in negotiations with various partners who will be delivering extra services to the community in conjunction with Big Local CCC.

For more info on how you could apply for one of their grants, please call John Gregory on 01507 622162.

Or email Sue Fortune; sue.lincolnshire@btconnect.com.