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Community groups in Sleaford and Kirkby la Thorpe are encouraged to apply for what remains in a grant funding pot supplied by the constructors of a straw burning power station to support projects within the two parishes.

As part of its responsibilities, the Community Liaison Panel overseeing the Sleaford Renewable Energy Plant’s package of community wellbeing measures, determines applications for the Community Fund - a dedicated pot of £120,000, spread across three years, with grant applications now being accepted for the third year.

Sleaford Gymnastics Club members with their asymmetric bars and, from left - Head Coach Sammi Emsley, NKDC Community Initiatives Officer Anne-Marie Shepherd, Coun Julia Harrison of NKDC, Debbie Scott - clerk to Kirkby La Thorpe Parish Council and Coun Garry Titmus - chairman of the Liaison Panel and Mayor of Sleaford. EMN-160229-165908001

Sleaford Gymnastics Club members with their asymmetric bars and, from left - Head Coach Sammi Emsley, NKDC Community Initiatives Officer Anne-Marie Shepherd, Coun Julia Harrison of NKDC, Debbie Scott - clerk to Kirkby La Thorpe Parish Council and Coun Garry Titmus - chairman of the Liaison Panel and Mayor of Sleaford. EMN-160229-165908001

There is £8,000 available for groups, organisations and schools in Sleaford and £56,000 in Kirkby la Thorpe parish. Bids need to be made by March 14.

The Community Liaison Panel is made up of representatives of North Kesteven District Council, Sleaford Town Council, Kirkby la Thorpe Parish Council and the Sleaford Renewable Energy Plant.

To date the Panel has awarded grants totalling more than £55,000 to 28 organisations based and operating in Sleaford or Kirkby La Thorpe. These included £700 towards the purchase of asymmetric bars for Sleaford Gymnastics Club which had been sold off after the World Gymnastics Championships in Glasgow last year. Visiting the club last week, chairman of the Liaison Panel, Coun Garry Titmus, said: “I encourage anyone within the area who needs a bit of help in getting a community project off the ground to step forward and make an application in this final year.”

For forms and details go to: www.sleafordrep.co.uk or contact 01529 308267, 01529 308257, or email community_initiatives@n-kesteven.gov.uk