Power to Change: Community Business Fund

Round 8 of the Community Business Fund is due to open for applications on Wednesday 11th September and they would like to see applications from Grimsby.

Click here for the Community Business Fund Round 8 guidelines for applicants

Power to Change have advised the following key changes to be aware of for Round 8:

  1. We have £3million available to spend for Round 8 and are expecting to progress around 27 applications, of which about 17 will receive funding.
  2. Through Round 8 we expect to invest approximately £1million to applications from the areas listed on pg. 11 of the application guidance. This means that for Round 8 we are expecting to fund 5 applications from these areas that are of particular interest to us. For organisations not based in these areas, we are expecting to award approximately £2million in total to about 12 organisations in Round 8.
  3. Luton is no longer in the list of areas we are particularly interested in included on pg. 11 of the application guidance.
  4. If an application of strategic importance to Power to Change (e.g. located in one of the places listed on pg. 11 of the application guidance) shows potential but has specific issues to be addressed before it could progress to assessment, we may offer development support. If this support is successfully completed, the application could progress to assessment without the need to submit a new application. However, this does not guarantee the application would then be successful. (see pg. 16 of the guidance)
  5. We have clarified that if an applicant currently has no trading history, we will require robust evidence to demonstrate that trading income forecasts are realistic and based on viable market research.
  6. We’ve specifically changed our wording to refer to the funding we offer through this programme as ‘investments’ rather than ‘grants’. This is because, although all the offers made will be non-repayable, we consider the funding we put into community businesses as an investment into the people, places and ideas applicants share with us.

If you would like to find out more, sign up to the webinar here which is taking place at 2pm on Thursday 12 September:

The fund will open on 11 September 2019 and community businesses will have until midday on 9 October 2019 to apply.

Centre4 is 1 of only 6 catalyst organisations working with Power to Change through the Empowering Places project. Centre4 has kindly offered to provide insight about their experiences and some support if required.  It may strengthen your organisations application if you are engaging with the local Empowering Places team.  If your organisation is thinking of applying for the Community Business Fund then you are welcome to get in touch with Paul Gutherson, Programme Coordinator, contact details paul.gutherson@centre4.org.uk t: 01472236688 m: 07543254581

Website link – https://www.powertochange.org.uk/news/grants-300000-grabs-community-businesses/

If you would like support with your application the please do get in touch. 

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Bishop of Lincoln’s Social Justice Fund


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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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:

Email: jane.mansfield45@gmail.com

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The Wharfedale Foundation

Deadline: small grants 31st July / main grants 26th June 2020

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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Lincolnshire Churches Trust

Lincolnshire Churches Trust exists to help congregations with the essential task of keeping their building wind, watertight and safe for use. This means that the cost of re-roofing, replacing gutters, repairing windows and defective stonework, may all be eligible for grant aid. We are also prepared to assist, in certain circumstances, with the funding towards the provision of new facilities such as toilets and serveries.

Any Christian church within the historic boundary of Lincolnshire. Current rules require the building to be at least 100 years old.

By telephoning, emailing, writing to the secretary, or downloading the application from the website.

For more information please visit the website, link below:

Lincolnshire Churches Trust website here.

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North East Lincolnshire Community Safety Partnership (CSP) Crime Reduction Fund 

Deadline 18th September 2020

Please note that the CRF Panel invites applications that address community safety and is not able to fund projects that focus on the impact of Covid 19 if they are unrelated to crime and disorder.

The North East Lincolnshire Community Safety Partnership (CSP) Crime Reduction Fund is now open again for 2018/19 applications.

This scheme has been funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Humberside (PCC) and is being managed by Voluntary Action North East Lincolnshire (VANEL) on behalf of the North East Lincolnshire CSP.

Grant Limits

Applicants may apply for up to £10,000.to deliver a project of up 1 year in length

Whether short term or longer your project will still need to demonstrate or consider how sustainability for the project will be achieved.

Minor capital items can be included, however large items such as buildings will not be funded.

About the fund

This grant scheme accepts applications from voluntary, community and not for profit organisations in North East Lincolnshire that can clearly demonstrate how their project contributes to the delivery of the PCCH Police and Crime Plan and the North East Lincolnshire (NEL) Community Safety Partnership (CSP) Plan.

The specific funding priorities for these grants are to contribute to at least ONE of the PCCH aims:
– To deliver increasingly self-sustaining and safe communities in the Humber area;
– To build public confidence in the agencies involved in creating safer communities and
– To promote services to victims and the vulnerable that meet their needs

AND to contribute to at least ONE of the North East Lincolnshire Community Safety Partnership Indicators:

  • Overall Crime
  • Violent Crime
  • Domestic Abuse (crimes & incidents)
  • Anti-Social Behaviour (incidents)
  • East and West Marsh wards (overall crime and anti-social behaviour)
  • Offending (including re-offending)
  • Substance & Alcohol Misuse (including related harms and recovery rates)

The Partnership will also work collaboratively to develop Community Cohesion and tackle Hate Crime to ensure that all people in North East Lincolnshire “Benefit from sustainable communities”

Eligibility Criteria

You need to be able to show us that you are a not for profit (charitable) organisation by sharing your constitution and your latest set of audited or independently examined annual accounts with us.

Your application needs to demonstrate that you are committed to supporting the delivery of the outcomes in the PCCH Police and Crime Plan and the NEL Community Safety Partnership Plan.

to apply or for more information please visit the VANEL website here.

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FCC Community Action Fund

Deadline round 3: 2nd September 2020

The FCC Community Action Fund offers funding of between £2,000 and £100,000 to projects which fall within WREN policy and the Landfill Communities Fund.

They will accept applications for the provision, maintenance or improvement of the following types of public amenity:

  •  Village Halls and Community Centres
  • Public Play Areas
  • Publicly available Multi use games areas, skate parks and BMX tracks
  • Sport and recreation grounds including pavilions and clubhouses with full public access
  • Churches – community spaces only
  • Nature Reserves
  • Public gardens, parks, country parks and woodlands with at least dawn to dusk access
  • Museums

For more information and to check eligibility, click here

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East Coast Community Fund

Deadline 29th July 2020

Grants are available to local not-for-profit groups, parish and town councils, and local authorities for community projects that benefit the coasts of the East Riding of Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.

Two levels of grants are available:

  • Small grants of between £1,000 and £5,000.
  • Main grants of between £5,001 and £50,000.

Groups can apply for both revenue and capital costs in the same application. For projects involving revenue costs, groups can apply for funding for up to two years. Grants awarded to cover salaries can be spread over a two-year period if necessary. Match funding is not required for small grant applications. Match funding of at least 20% is required for main grant applications.

The funding can be used for:

  • Community buildings and facilities.
  • Capital improvement works to village halls, community centres, museums, heritage centres and community cafes.
  • Community activities and services.
  • Projects addressing health and wellbeing, social isolation, community cohesion and access to amenities.
  • Young and old people’s projects.
  • Projects providing support for local clubs and groups.
  • Environmental and public open space projects.
  • Projects involving parks, nature reserves, community growing schemes, and habitat/species conservation.
  • Sports, recreation and play.
  • Playgrounds, skate parks, indoor climbing walls, sports equipment and sports field drainage projects.

For more information click here.

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CERT Foundation – PSMDB project funds

The PSMDB project funds new ideas the impact on people’s health and well-being. The programme seeks to establish innovative and financially sustainable services that will enable people in need to avoid hospital admissions, stay in their own homes longer and ensure that people can lead as normal a life as possible during an illness or as a result of incapacity.

By achieving this they want to;

  • Ensure that the people we care for have the best care possible, in settings that they choose and delivered by providers they know and trust
  • Reduce the costs to the NHS
  • Help organisations to work in partnership to deliver bigger and better services
  • Increase the sustainable income available to local organisations
  • Delay the need for residential care and hospital admissions
  • Reduce visits to casualty departments
  • Reduce the pressure on G.P practices
  • Keep people fitter and healthier

They can provide:

  • Start-up funding
  • Help to put a proposal together
  • Access to business start-up advice and guidance
  • On-going support
  • Sign-posting to access other sources of funding
  • Help to find partner organisations
  • Links to mainstream NHS services
  • Publicity and signposting to your project

For more information please visit the CERT Foundation website here.

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