The Levelling Up Fund is designed to secure capital investment in infrastructure that has the potential to improve lives and give people pride in their communities. In January 2023, £8M in Levelling Up funding was awarded to East Lindsey.

The funding will support the delivery of cultural and tourism projects in Alford and Spilsby, securing the future of heritage assets and providing new reasons to visit the Lincolnshire Wolds.


The projects

  • Spilsby Sessions House

Spilsby Sessions House will be brought back into use as a theatre and as a community-owned space. The listed building also has a significant place in history, for its past use as a jail, and funding will allow the building’s old police cells to be opened to the public, creating a new visitor attraction.

  • Alford Manor House

Funding of £2.5m for Alford Manor House will create a permanent function space as well as the relocation and improvement of the tearoom and kitchen, freeing up space for improved displays within the museum.

  • Alford Windmill

£1.1m is secured for Alford Windmill to help save the historic mill which is now on the Heritage at Risk register. Work will see the mill restored and reopen as a major attraction, including a new visitor experience, café and shop.

All these projects have been developed in partnership with the local community and through East Lindsey’s commitment to its Vital and Viable programme which supports businesses in the district’s market towns with initiatives aimed to drive footfall.

Levelling Up and Town Deal

The Levelling Up funding and projects complement the Town Deal funding and projects in Skegness and Mablethorpe, and together will significantly enhance the offer across the area as a whole.

The Levelling Up activities will be delivered by East Lindsey District Council, working with a range of partners. The role of governing the Levelling Up funding and projects has been added to the Connected Coast board’s remit, ensuring a joined up approach between both funding streams.