From: Lincolnshire Community Foundation
Contact: Helen Cater: 01529 305825
Subject: Cost of Living Crisis – Grant available for voluntary and community groups
Recognising the imperative to offer timely support, panel members of the Bishop of Lincoln’s Social Justice Fund have decided to make grants of up to £2,500 available to those smaller not for profit organisations and Anglican churches faced with increased demand for local services, or that have decided to open their doors during the Winter months to help residents stay engaged, keep safe and warm.
Priority will be given to requests to cover the cost of food, heating, and support to improve mental wellbeing. The panel is particularly keen to hear from interventions in our rural communities.
The fund is available to charitable groups across the County, although the panel would like to champion smaller, volunteer led and local faith based groups that need funding to deliver critical interventions to support immediate needs.
The closing date for receipt of completed bids is on 30 November 2022 with decisions notified in mid-January 2023. It is anticipated approximately £20,000 will be allocated to worthwhile projects and applicants should be realistic when considering submitting a bid as the panel would like to offer financial assistance to as many local organisations as possible.
Project funding might be awarded to cover the cost of heating for a specific period; food/refreshment costs; projects that combat isolation with meaningful activities and have a positive impact on mental health. Projects that remove the stigma associated with asking for help will be welcomed. These are simply examples and if you’re interested in applying and want to discuss an application before submitting it, please contact Helen Cater at the Foundation on 01529 305825.
The process is straight forward, and our team are on hand to answer questions, give advice or simply have a chat. To download the Fund Criteria and other documentation, please visit the grants page at lincolnshirecf.co.uk.
Sue Fortune, CEO at the Foundation says: –
“We have seen, yet again, how the voluntary and community sector is stepping up to offer crucial support to local people at a time of great need. The Bishop of Lincolnshire Social Justice Fund panel want to reduce financial pressures by offering financial assistance with the cost of overheads or front line delivery. I’d urge groups to contact a member of our team to discuss what support is available as we work with other partners across the County.”