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Bishop’s Back to School Fund

This fund supports schoolchildren who are lacking the things they need in order to access confidently the full life of school and the curriculum. 

Grants are made through the fund to head teachers so that they may seek to meet some of the identified needs of individual pupils. Items might include: revision booklets, coats, school uniform or PE kit, lunchboxes, cookery ingredients or art or maths equipment. The fund is guided by an awareness of the effect on a child of being unable to participate in school activities alongside their peers because of belonging to a family living in poverty. 

The fund is a practical expression of the diocesan central staff’s commitment to ‘service’ as an outworking of – and central to – faith. The prayer is that funds will continue to meet the very real social needs in our schools and witness to the generosity of God through His people. Every penny raised will, through head teachers, go to the pupils thanks to the generosity of the Lincoln Diocesan Trust and Board of Finance (LDTBF) in administering the fund at no cost.

Application guidance

The Bishop of Lincoln’s ‘Ready for School Fund’ is:

  • for small grants of no more than around £100 for individual children
  • not to be used for such things as could reasonably be expected to come out of the pupil premium grant
  • administered by the Diocesan Secretary, the Diocesan Director of Education and the Vice Chair (clergy) of the Diocesan Board of Education.

Applications must be on forms downloadable from the Board of Education website.

For further details contact: