Bishop of Lincoln’s Social Justice Fund

Deadline 14th September 2019

The purpose of this Fund is to respond to human need and seek to transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation. The object of this Fund is to build fair, just, sharing communities for people living in Lincolnshire and to make life more comfortable, ease distress and isolation for those most in need.

Grant awards will range between £5,000 and £25,000 with a panel of seven independent trustees sitting four times per year to consider applications.

Applications for grants are invited from any local group in greater Lincolnshire involved in social justice work. Projects eligible for funding include those based around social cohesion, isolation, poverty, the elderly and children and young people.

If you have any queries about the application process, or would like to meet to discuss your application in more detail, please contact Sue Fortune on 01529 305825.

Visit Lincolnshire Community Foundation website for more information.

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European Social Fund: Humber Work Experience Pilot

Deadline 2nd October 2019

Call to run a project to build capacity within SME’s – working with employers and learning providers to pilot work experience opportunities in the Humber LEP area.

Through this Call ESF are seeking a programme of activity – to provide employers with practical and coherent routes to engage with education and training institutions to help create work ready young people adding value to their business in the future.

The project will establish a robust pilot work experience programme across the Humber Region. Focus will be to engage with employers in curriculum design and delivery, providing meaningful interactions with young people – i.e. tasters, work experience, mentors, meet the employer sessions etc.

ESF are seeking one programme which must deliver across the whole of the Humber. Collaborative bids are encouraged.

Approximately £500,000 of ESF is available.

For further information please visit the GOV.UK website here.

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Love Where You Live Fund

The Love Where You Live Fund is intended to encourage people to promote the concept of being good neighbours. 

It is to build capacity within local communities and help to reduce social isolation and loneliness.

A small pot of funding is available to help local communities to identify areas of need, provide support, training, arrange activities and events.

The application process has been made really easy and simple. 

  1. Contact Jane Mansfield, Board member at NEL VCSE Alliance for a discussion about what you’d like to use the fund for.
  • You’ll get sent a small application form, that Jane will even come out and complete with you if you’d like her to.
  • The application goes to a panel of local community volunteers monthly and decisions are pretty quick.

NEL VCSE Alliance will support you as much as they can throughout the whole process.

Interested?  Here are the contact details:


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Winston Churchill Memorial Trust – Churchill Fellowships

Deadline 17th September 2019

The funding is for UK citizens to travel anywhere in the world for between four and eight weeks, with the aim of gaining knowledge and experience that will bring real benefit to others in their community, profession and in the UK as a whole.

The value of a Churchill Fellowship varies from case to case based on the project, destination(s) to be visited and the duration of the Fellowship. Grants usually cover a stay overseas of between four to eight weeks. 

The grant covers:

  • Economy return flights to the UK.
  • Internal travel in the country of destination.
  • Food and accommodation for the duration of the travels.

Some costs for interpreters, carers and conference attendances may also be covered, on a case-by-case basis.

Up to 150 Fellowships are awarded each year.

The Trust aims to support projects that:

  • Can provide public benefit in the UK, whether to a community, a sector or the country as a whole.
  • Could not be researched in the UK and therefore require overseas travel.
  • Are not already being implemented widely in the UK.

For further information please visit Winston Churchill Memorial Trust website here.

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Empowering Places – Nunsthorpe & Bradley Park Seed Grant

Deadline 12th June 2019

Empowering Places are running a new Grant called Nunsthorpe & Bradley Park See. If you are a community business, or have an idea that might lead to the setting up of a community business in the Nunsthorpe and Bradley Park area then this fund is for you.

You can apply for between £250 and £1000

You must either be:

  • a community business,
  • intend to become a community business
  • or intend to deliver the project in support of an existing community business

The application process is straightforward. You need to be able demonstrate:

  • how your proposed project or activity will help to address a local issue,
  • how you know this is needed,
  • how the community will be involved,
  • what you will spend the money on.

Please email your application to by midday on June 12 2019

You will hear from them by July 17 and money will be available for you start your project from August 1.

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Together for Childhood Community Fund

Deadline 20th October 5pm 2019

Together for Childhood has launched a new ‘community fund’ to seed, fund or support community projects for children and their families in East and West Marsh. The maximum that can be applied for is £250 and the first deadline for applications is 16th June 2019.

£2,500 has been allocated to West Marsh with another £2,500 allocated to East Marsh, to be granted by 31st March 2020. The money has to support children or groups working with children.

  • The maximum you can apply for is £250.
  • A project can receive only one grant per year
  • It is expected that you will complete a feedback form after you have spent any monies granted

The dates and times below will be strictly kept to;

  • 16th June, 5pm – 1st deadline for applications
  • 1st July, 6pm – 1st funding decisions made
  • 18th August, 5pm – 2nd round application deadline
  • 2nd September, 6pm – funding decisions
  • 20th October, 5pm – 3rd round application deadline
  • 4th November, 6pm – funding decisions
  • 22nd December, 5pm – 4th round application deadline
  • 6th January 2020, 6pm – funding decisions
  • 16th February, 5pm –  FINAL application deadline
  • 2nd March, 6pm – FINAL funding decisions

if you have any queries please contact Rosie Scott at

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Lincolnshire Community Foundation – Evan Cornish Grassroots Fund

Press Release

The closing date for receipt of applications to this fund has been extended to 30 May 2019 to give community groups operating in Greater Lincolnshire the chance to apply for up to £5,000 towards costs of: delivering support for vulnerable or isolated people; supporting those with mental health issues; projects that help older people; support for prisoners and their families; job clubs; dementia support; support for people living with domestic violence; food banks/food security projects; bereavement support, etc.

The family will also consider providing funding to groups that have received a grant from them in the past to help ongoing sustainability planning.

Eligibility: Not for profit volunteer led groups, social enterprises, community interest companies that have a governing document, accounts, bank account and relevant policies and procedures. Foundation staff can give support and advice where necessary;

Themes: Social Cohesion, Advice & Support, Older People and Food Security.

Decisions will be notified by the end of June 2019.  To obtain an Application Form or to chat about your project, please contact Sue Fortune on 01529 305825 or email

Click here for the Lincolnshire Community Foundation website.

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The Wharfedale Foundation

Deadline 20th December 2019

The Wharfedale Foundation is a small charitable trust with roots in the Christian tradition, recognises a common practical vision of a better world with those of other faith traditions and those with none. The Trust supports initiatives that bring people together to gain understanding of other faiths and cultures and to work in partnership to improve the neighbourhoods in which they live.

Main Funding Programme – a two stage process for organisations with an income of up to £250,000. Although we may award up to £5,000 this is exceptional, the typical grant is normally around £2,000-£3,000.

Small Grants Programme – a one stage process  for smaller organisations with an income of less than £50,000  seeking grants of up to £500.

The Wharfedale Foundation fund projects:

  • that focus on neighbourhoods and communities of interest,
  • wher​e people are developing lasting relationships at a grassroots level,
  • with the potential for positive, longer term change,
  • that are willing to try out new ways of working that others can learn from,
  • promoting the inclusion of people experiencing the most social and economic hardship,
  • that enable people to be agents of change in their own lives and communities,

Projects applying for funding need to:

  • be located within the Yorkshire and Humber region,
  • be able to demonstrate longer term financial and project planning, involving multiple streams of funding,
  • demonstrate innovative or creative ways of addressing areas of concern,
  • demonstrate how change and transformation can be achieved in one or more of the following ways:
    • creating greater inclusivity by breaking down barriers of fear based on for example religious, cultural, ethnic or social difference or financial hardship,
    • integrating marginalised groups into mainstream society and promoting a welcoming culture,
    • aiding the integration of marginalised groups through environmental projects,
    • developing greater understanding of these issues through carrying out research.

For more information go to The Wharfedale Foundation’s website here.

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Social Justice Fund – Lincolnshire Community Foundation

Deadline 1st June 2019

The Diocese of Lincoln and the Lincolnshire Community Foundation have established the Social Justice Fund. The fund is made up of £667K from the Diocese of Lincoln, and £333K via The Community Foundation as part of a Government match-funded scheme.

The grant awards range from £5,000 and £25,000.

Applications for grants are invited from local groups in greater Lincolnshire involved in social justice work. The following are eligible to apply:

  • Churches involved in social justice work rather than direct mission activity.
  • Voluntary or community organisations who should ideally be able to provide evidence they have links to a local church community.

For further information please click here for the Lincolnshire Community Foundation website.

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ESF Community Grants Programme 5 2019-2021

Deadline 31st May

Humber Learning Consortium have successfully been awarded the ESF Community Grants Programme 5 2019-2021 and are pleased to announce the launch of the 1st round of funding available.

ESF Community Grants  are part of the European Social Fund (ESF) programme which is distributing small grants in the Humber, East Riding, York and North Yorkshire region. The aim of the fund is to help unemployed people progress towards employment through access to learning and training opportunities.

Grants of between £5,000 and up to £20,000 are available.

Funded activities must be aimed at unemployed individuals aged 18 years and over from the hardest to reach communities. The identified priority groups for our region are as follows;

  • Disadvantaged geographical areas
  • People with disabilities and health conditions
  • Lone parents
  • People aged 50 and over    
  • People from ethnic minorities         
  • Females

Or for more information, contact Jacquie Newman on 01482 327438 or

*There are several changes to this programme so it is recommended that even if you have delivered ESF Community Grants before that you attend one of the Application Development workshops available. This new programme includes progression outputs that are required to be evidenced within 28 days of them occurring so please take advantage of the workshops to gather as much application information as you can.

There will be an event placed in Grimsby, places are limited – so please book early by contacting Jacquie:

NE Lincs, Grimsby –  25th April

10.00 – 1.00pm

Centre 4, 17a Wooton Road Grimsby DN33 1HE

For further details click here for the HLC website

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