Evaluation of the VCSE Funding Package – Scoping Report

Government have released detailed findings of the scoping phase of the evaluation of the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Funding Package.

In May 2020, the government pledged £750 million to ensure the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector could continue delivering their vital work supporting their service users during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The funding had the objective of helping these organisations to continue their day-to-day activities, despite increased demand due to COVID-19, alleviate pressure on the NHS and reach those most vulnerable.

Click here for the full information.

COVID-19: Business grants and support

Sent on behalf of North East Lincolnshire Council:

On 21 December 2021, the Chancellor announced additional grant support of up to £6,000 for businesses in the hospitality and leisure industry.

As soon as more information is received on which businesses will received support and how to apply, we will update this page and issue a press release. We expect to receive this information mid-January 2022. Please keep checking this page for further information.

Click here for the newsletter on Omicron Hospitality and Leisure grants.

Economic Recovery Plan

For more information on business support available please go to our Economic Recovery plan.

Business rates statistics

Details of businesses who have received support from North East Lincolnshire Council around COVID-19 grants have been published on our Business Rates Statistics page.

Groups Celebrate as Ørsted’s East Coast Community Fund Awards Tenth Round of Grants

The East Coast Community Fund is part of the community engagement programme for Ørsted’s Hornsea and Race Bank offshore wind farms. Each year, until 2037, approximately £390,000 will be available from the main fund to support a wide range of community and environmental projects.

An additional £75,000 per year is ring-fenced for a skills fund, designed to support a range of educational and training initiatives.

Arts Council England – Let’s Create Jubilee Fund

Deadline 28th February 2022

The Object of the Fund is to support voluntary and community groups to develop creative and cultural activities as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June 2022. The fund has been created by Arts Council England (ACE) with funds from the National Lottery.

The fund is open to voluntary and community organisations with charitable aims and working towards a common goal which does not have to be solely around arts and culture. This could include youth groups, parent/carer groups and volunteer organisations.

Grant size: From £750 up to £10,000

Click here for the Lincolnshire Community Foundation website.

Lincolnshire Community Foundation have published a press release on the launch of the new fund Lets Create Jubilee. The fund will open on 4th January with organisation being able to apply for up to £10,000.

If you have any enquires please contact Helen Cater or Sue Fortune on 01529 305825 or info@lincolnshirecf.co.uk

Humber, Coast and Vale Green Social Prescribing Programme Grants 2021

Deadline 26th November

The Humber, Coast and Vale (HCV) Health and Care Partnership has secured funding to develop a ‘test and learn’ site for Green Social Prescribing (GSP) across our six places of East Yorkshire, Hull, North Yorkshire, Vale of York, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire. The aim of the ‘test and learn’ sites is to embed GSP into communities in order to:

  • Improve mental health outcomes
  • Reduce health inequalities
  • Reduce demand on the health and social care system
  • Develop best practice in making green social activities more resilient and accessible.

The programme is funded by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, NHS England, NHS Improvement, Natural England, the Department of Health and Social Care, Public Health England, the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government, the National Academy for Social Prescribing and Sport England. The programme is being delivered by the Lead Organisation HEY Smile Foundation and runs from April 2021 to March 2023. They are looking to fund projects that ‘improve people’s mental and physical wellbeing through activities that occur outdoors and in nature’.

Activities need to ensure they are open and accessible and can link with local healthcare initiatives such as Social Prescribing.

Successful applicants will also be required to act as a referral point for individuals accessing Social Prescribing as part of the wider work of the Humber, Coast and Vale Green Social Prescribing Test and Learn Site. For this reason they are looking for projects that supports adults, in particular those with mild to moderate mental health issues, helping to prevent admission to NHS facilities by developing early or alternative interventions to clinical need. They are also interested in hearing about projects that seek to remove health inequalities and disparity in health outcomes, with a focus on diversity in the population.

Projects must be working in, or serving, one of Humber, Coast and Vale’s six ‘Places’: North East Lincolnshire; North Lincolnshire; Hull; East Yorkshire; Vale of York; North Yorkshire.

Through this fund they are looking for organisations and groups to enhance their existing offer, or develop new and innovative activities, to facilitate an increase in safe referrals from healthcare systems such as Social Prescribing.

There are three Grants available. Please choose and apply for the grant that best suits your organisations or group.

Seed Grant: The Green Social Prescribing Seed Grant welcomes applications from micro-groups, new start-ups or established organisations looking for extra support to build their capacity and work more closely with local healthcare providers. This funding round has an allocation of £30,000 and they welcome applications of £500 to £5,000 from across Humber, Coast & Vale.

Blossom Grant: The Green Social Prescribing Blossom Grant welcomes applications from locally trusted groups that have the ambition to become future leaders in their field, but require the development of a specific skills and resources to flourish. They will have the ambition to play a future strategic role in developing Green Social Prescribing in their local area. This funding round has an allocation of £60,000 and they welcome applications of £1000 to £10,000 from across Humber, Coast & Vale.

Pollinator Grant: The Green Social Prescribing Pollinator Grant welcomes applications from leading organisations with excellent systems in place and the resources to deliver activities with strong outcomes. This is an opportunity to apply to fund a proven activity, while supporting the programme to help others flourish and become more connected to the Humber, Coast and Vale Green Social Prescribing programme aims. This funding round has an allocation of £60,000 and they welcome applications of £5000 to £10,000 from across the Humber Coast & Vale.

The Deadline for applications is 5pm Friday 26th November 2021.

Full information here 

Apply via Beecan here  (You will need to register with Beecan if you haven’t already)

Community Sport And Recreation Awards 2022

Deadline 15th November

The search is on for the nation’s best grassroots sport and recreation initiatives as the Community Sport and Recreation Awards return for 2022.

For more than 25 years, the Sport and Recreation Alliance’s annual awards programme has celebrated clubs and organisations across the country for their achievements in areas such as sustainability, mental health and volunteering.

With national recognition and cash prizes up for grabs, this is a fantastic opportunity for you to get recognised for the fantastic work you do in your community.

The awards are free and simple to enter, and there is a top tips document  to help you get started with your entry.

Each winning project will receive a £1,000 prize presented to them by HRH The Earl of Wessex at an awards ceremony in March.

The eight award categories are:

  • Youth Development Award
  • Community Club of the Year
  • Going Green Award
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing Award
  • Diversity and Inclusion Award
  • Inspiration of the Year
  • Resilience in Adversity Award
  • Volunteer of the Year

For more information and to enter, go to the Sport and Recreation Alliance website and complete the relevant form by Monday 15 November

Fundraising and giving platforms for charities

From UK Fundraising

Which platforms let your charity fundraise and your supporters give or fundraise for you? Here is a snapshot of the wide variety of options available to you.

This list is part of this month’s focus on fundraising and giving platforms, supported by lead sponsor iRaiser,  the digital fundraising platform that helps charities, hospitals, museums, schools, political parties and religious institutions raise more funds.

This resource is based, with permission, on one of Charity Excellence’s many free tools and lists for charities and fundraisers.

In addition to its Funding Finder database and 50+ funder lists, the site, which is free to use, lets you health check your charity in half a day, access the huge resource base and achieve its Quality Mark. To find the help and funding you want register or login.

You can see the full list here (sadly without links)

£30 million package to refurbish 4,500 public tennis courts in deprived parts of UK announced

Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport: Package to capitalise on huge boost for British tennis, following unprecedented success for Emma Raducanu, Joe Salisbury, Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett at this year’s US Open Tennis Championships.

  • £22 million committed by the Government, with additional £8.4 million provided by the Lawn Tennis Association
  • Funding to support Government’s commitment to levelling up sports provision across the nation, and Chief Medical Officer’s guidance on physical activity for children and adults

The Government and Lawn Tennis Association have announced a £30 million package to refurbish more than 4,500 public tennis courts in the most deprived parts of the UK, and support a new generation of players to get into the sport.

Click here for the full press release.

The Charity Governance Awards

Deadline is 26h January 2022

The Charity Governance Awards is an exciting not-for-profit initiative created to celebrate outstanding governance and trusteeship in charities across the UK.

The Charity Governance Awards are open to national and local charities, large and small, are encouraged to participate. Entry is free.

The winner of each category will receive a £5,000 unrestricted grant as a prize. Runners-up will receive cash prizes for the first time (£1,000 each), and all shortlisted charities will be offered a paid one-year membership to the Association of Chairs for their board as well as a complimentary place on a Cause4 Trustee Leadership Programme for a new trustee.

Click here for more information.

Warm Home Discount Scheme

From Department for Work and Pensions:

The Warm Home Discount Scheme will open for 21/22 on 18/10/21. This is not an automatic entitlement – customers have to apply for the discount, which could be up to £140 off electricity costs.  Eligibility is as follows:


There are 2 ways to qualify for the Warm Home Discount Scheme:

If you’re on a low income

You may be able to apply directly to your electricity supplier for help if you do not get the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit but:

This is known as being in the ‘broader group’.

To get the discount you’ll need to stay with your supplier until it’s paid.

How to apply

Your electricity supplier decides who can get the discount.

The number of discounts suppliers can give is limited. Check with your supplier as early as possible to see if you’re eligible and how to apply.

Check with them even if you were eligible for a discount last year.

Your electricity supplier will apply the discount to your bill by 31 March 2022.

Warm Home Discount Scheme – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

There is a list of suppliers on the Gov.UK website, but the timing of the scheme is crucial – first come first served and with the imminent removal of the £20 uplift.