There is a wide range of funding sources for groups or registered charities to develop ideas and activities for their local community.
A number have specific areas of focus, e.g. disadvantaged young people, residents of a local area, or older people, and it is important to increase your chances of success that you carefully consider what types of projects the funder will support.
Funding sources suitable for community groups include:
- BBC – Children in Need
Check their website for closing dates, however they do have regular opportunities to bid for money
- Big Lottery Fund
Provides a range of funding to community groups and projects that improve health, education and the environment
- Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme
A new scheme launching in April 2013 enabling charities to claim Gift Aid on small donations (up to £20) where it would be difficult to obtain donors’ personal information (e.g. bucket collections)
- Lincolnshire Community Foundation
Comic Relief – Support for funding for sport and disadvantaged communities
- Lincolnshire Co-operative Society
Provides a range of grants up to £2,000 for community activities
- Lloyds TSB Foundation
Supports charities that help disadvantaged people play a fuller role in the community
- National Prospectus Grants Programme
Grants between £100,000 and £750,000 for voluntary and community organisations improving outcomes for children, young people and families
- Nesta Impact Investments
Investment fund looking to invest in projects using technology to improve delivery or reduce costs and boost the health and wellbeing of an ageing population. Their minimum investment is £150,000
- Santander Community Plus
Grants up to £5,000 to support charities helping disadvantaged people across the UK
- Tesco Charity Trust
Grants between £500 and £4,000 to registered charities and not-for-profit organisations who are working on local projects to support children, elderly people and adults or children with disabilities
- The Co-op Community Fund
Grants of up to £2000 made to community-based projects
- Wakeham Trust
Provides small grants to support community action projects
- Young Persons Volunteering Fund
Up to £100,000 for volunteering projects owned by 14 – 25 year olds
Help is available for groups wishing to gain funding from Funding Advisers based around the county. For more information on a Funding Advice Service dealing with your area, visit Fanoogle
Funding in West Lindsey
The CAV Fund
Community Action and Volunteering Fund
Any constituted community or Parish Council in West Lindsey can apply.
Activities supported might include a street party, big lunch, litter picking days, equipment or setting up a new community activity.
Up to £250 available to improve your communities
Application pack from:
01529 301951 or 302466
Local Councillor Initiative Fund
This fund allows each district councillor to put forward proposals to fund projects and ideas in their ward which benefit the local community.
Each councillor has £4,000 to spend over two years.
The funding can be allocated at the councillor’s discretion. Projects need to fit with the broad Themes of the Corporate Plan and be community led.
Applicants should talk to their ward councillor first about their project and get written approval from them before making a formal application
For an application form please go to
Community Assets Fund
A dedicated fund supporting enterprising communities in West Lindsey
- Have you lost a local service in your community?
- Have you a local service which is at risk?
- Have you an idea for a community business?
The £1M fund offers a combination of grants and loans to communities.
To register your interest or find out more information call 01993 810730 and ask about the West Lindsey Community asset Fund or register interest at www.communityassetsfund.org.uk
Although funding is not directly available through the Community Games project, Lincolnshire Sports Partnership is offering any community event signed up to Community Games, the chance to hire three items from the Lincolnshire Sports Library FREE-OF-CHARGE. This includes sports equipment such as Zorb Balls, Cricket Sets, Sports Kits and more.
Other Funding Information Sources:
- Library Service Local main libraries have the Directory of Grant Making Trusts available for reference only containing information on 2,500 grant making trusts
- Volunteer Centres: Lincoln, North Kesteven, West Lindsey
- South Lincs CVS: Boston, South Holland, South Kesteven, and East Lindsey
- Really Useful Stuff Handbook
- Lincolnshire Community Foundation
- Fanoogle East Midlands Funding Advice Monitor provides information on the organisations who are able to provide funding information to local groups
- Local Councils – District and County
- Lincolnshire Sports Partnership