At a recent panel meeting of the Bishop of Lincoln's Social Justice Fund, a decision was made to reduce the maximum grant available from £25,000 to £5,000. This was done with the aim of attracting smaller, volunteer-led, not-for-profit organisations and local faith-based groups that need a small grant to support the crucial work they're delivering to residents in communities across Greater Lincolnshire.

Future closing dates for the receipt of applications are as follows:

Tuesday 14th January 2020

Thursday 14th May 2020

Monday 14th September 2020

The fund priorities remain unchanged and projects will need to provide clear evidence they're able to deliver outcomes that relate to one (or more) of the following priorities:

Social cohesion - projects contributing to strong and cohesive communities.

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). 

Previous grants have included:

  • Support for a volunteer-led group that provided meals for the homeless and vulnerable people
  • Training and support for mentors to help families deal with crises
  • 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 projects open to all

The process is straightforward and the staff at Lincolnshire Community Foundation are available to answer questions, give advice or simply to have a chat. To obtain an application form or discuss your idea in more detail, please contact Sue Fortune on 01529 305825 or download details from the grants page at the Lincolnshire Community Foundation website

Sue Fortune, Joint CEO at the Foundation said: "It's so important that grassroots organisations and churches across our county are given the support and encouragement they need to enable them to continue their fantastic work, particularly those who feel they lack the expertise or confidence to complete an application form. We are here and happy to help with the process at every stage. Please do get in touch even if it's just to have a chat."

Since it was launched in 2014 the fund has distributed over £730,000.