Staff, Trustees and Panel members of the Bishop of Lincoln’s Social Justice Fund would like to announce the re-launch this important funding scheme with a further £60,000 available over four rounds.  

Grants of up to £5,000 are awarded to projects that tackle issues of social injustice across Greater Lincolnshire.  Priority will be given to projects that deal with the root causes of injustice, rather than just the symptoms.  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 existing and emerging needs.

The next closing date for receipt of completed bids this year is on Saturday 14th August 2021. Next year (2022) the dates are Friday 14th January, Saturday 14th May and Wednesday 14th September.  It is anticipated that approximately £20,000 will be allocated in each round to worthwhile projects.

Applicants will need to provide clear evidence they’re able to deliver outcomes relating to one (or more) of the Fund priorities: 

Social cohesion - projects contributing to strong and cohesive communities (thematic or place based)

Isolation - activities that encourage residents to become more active, feel less isolated in their community or raise aspirations/reduce isolation

Poverty - applications that tackle poverty in its various forms (eg homelessness, debt issues, food and fuel poverty, support and advice).

Here are some examples of what previous grants have supported: meals for homeless and vulnerable people; training for mentors to help families deal with crisis; drop-in facilities for those who are lonely or isolated; weekly support sessions for people with addictions; activities for people with dementia and their carers; community gardening groups.  

To download the Fund Criteria and other documentation, please visit the grants page at Lincolnshire Community Foundation.

If you would like to discuss an application before submitting it, please contact the Grants Team at the Lincolnshire Community Foundation on 01529 305825. 

Sue Fortune, CEO at the Foundation says:-

“Now, more than ever, as we begin to move into a post-Covid environment and beyond, it’s crucial that grant funding reaches voluntary and community organisations operating across our various communities.  The sector has shown incredible adaptability, reacting quickly to help those who need it at a time of crisis.  

"Those needs will continue to change over time and organisations will have to be prepared to respond in a timely way.  Being able to access funding quickly from a local grant maker will ensure this process a little easier.”