Evan Cornish Grassroots Fund open to receive applications

Press release from Lincolnshire Community Foundation:

To: The News Editor

From: Lincolnshire Community Foundation

Contact:  Sue Fortune:  01529 305825

September 2020

Subject: Evan Cornish Grassroots Fund open to receive applications

Grants of up to £5,000.00 are available from the Evan Cornish Grassroots Fund and the Foundation would like to invite local groups, charities and organisations operating in Lincolnshire (including North and North East Lincolnshire) to apply.  Whilst requests for support don’t necessarily need to address issues due to the impact of Covid-19, priority may be given to services that address loneliness & isolation, food poverty, mental health etc.  In all cases, projects should benefit those who are vulnerable and/or isolated and live in Greater Lincolnshire.  Community groups can apply for a contribution towards running costs, equipment, volunteer costs and resources.

Applications from groups that have previously been successful will be considered, provided they’ve spent and reported upon the outcomes achieved.

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 advice about these matters if required;

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

The next closing date for receipt of completed applications is on 1 October 2020. To obtain an Application Form or to chat about your project, please contact Sue Fortune on 01529 305825 or by downloading details from the Grants Page @ lincolsnhirecf.co.uk.

Kick Start Programme

Update from Department for Works and Pensions:

If you are interested in this scheme, the promotional leaflet attached gives you more details about how the scheme will run and the link to GOV.Uk offers further information about the process.


Employers can use the Kickstart Scheme to create new six-month job placements for young people (16-24) who are currently on Universal Credit or Jobseeker’s Allowance, and at risk of long-term unemployment.

Funding is available for 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions.

If a business is recruiting more than 30 people as part of the Kickstart Scheme they can submit a bid directly online through the main Kickstart page.

If a business is looking to recruit fewer than 30 people they can still apply for funding but must partner with other employers or organisations in order to create a minimum of 30 jobs before applying.

£1500 per person will be available to cover additional costs and organisations acting as intermediaries for employers will be paid £300 for each placement

If you are interested in the scheme or would like to find out more about the scheme, please just drop me a note at this e-mail address.

Kind regards,

Nick Gregory
 Employer and Partnership Manager | Department for Works and Pensions

ERA are thinking of applying to the government’s Kickstart scheme and are looking for partner organisations across the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector. Here is more information:

Energy Voucher Scheme – Covid-19 Crisis fund

Please see information below and attached documents regarding the The Energy Savings Trust Redress Scheme:

In partnership with CAB Greater Lincolnshire we have been successful in obtaining vouchers for prepayment meters.  Residents can not apply direct but agencies can make referrals. 

If you come across any residents who require assistance, complete the attached form or refer to myself (Debra Fox – details below).

Debra Fox

Home Energy Promotion Officer – Housing

Places & Communities North – NEL


Tel. +44 (0) 147 2326296 option 5

Mob. +44 (0) 7920768691

National Energy Action

National Energy Action (NEA) currently have funding for pre-payment top ups up to three £49 vouchers per customer. Customers will be required to provide proof of benefits, bank statement and signed auth to act. NEA will also work with each customer with advice on how to lower ongoing usage costs for both energy and water.

Anglian Water joins forces with Community Foundations to distribute £1million funding pot

Currently closed

In April, Anglian Water launched plans to establish a new £1 million community support fund to provide a cash boost for local communities to help fight the impacts of Coronavirus.

The money will help local charitable organisations deal with emerging issues in the community as a result of the continuing threat of coronavirus. Organisations like food banks, outreach programmes and those helping the most vulnerable can ask for support from the Positive Difference Fund via the Community Foundations to help those shielding or suffering from financial hardship, homelessness, loneliness and isolation.

To be eligible for funding, your project must support those most at risk from Coronavirus (including those with pre-existing medical conditions and older people over 60) or those in vulnerable circumstances and help to:

  • Support their ongoing needs, ensuring their health and mental well-being is maintained,
  • Reduce isolation and vulnerability during any isolation period that may arise as a result of the threat of coronavirus,
  • Help to make sure people remain safely connected with the outside world during this time.

Further information, eligibility criteria and how to apply for a grant from the Positive Difference Fund can be found t:


For more information please contact Helen Cater, Grants Administrator at Lincolnshire Community Foundation via email at helencaterlcf@gmail.com

Temporary Changes to East Coast Fund

Deadline 29th July 2020

Ørsted has announced temporary changes to the funding criteria in response to the current global Covid-19 emergency. Applications are encouraged to support communities through to recovery. This is likely to include local groups and organisations who:

  • Are looking to provide essential support and services to directly facilitate in the recovery efforts from Covid-19.
  • Have lost significant core income over the past few months and request funding to recover quicker financially.

Temporary changes to the funding criteria:

  • No match funding will be required for all applications at this time.
  • Re-application restrictions have been lifted. Any groups that have previously received a grant, have a live project or have been unsuccessful in the last round may re-apply.

The changes relate to all applications to the 29 July 2020 and 3 February 2021 closing dates only. All other criteria will remain unchanged.

There are two levels of grants available, and 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. The levels of grants are as follows:

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

Home Office – Serious Organised Crime Prevention and Community Resilience Intervention

Deadline 3rd July 2020

Following the Governments launch of the Serious and Organised Crime (SOC) Strategy in November 2018 – the Home Office identified Grimsby, alongside 7 other areas across the country, to invest in partnership working.  The work should enhance pre-existing work in this area to divert children, young people and vulnerable adults away from SOC. 

The project is broken down into two key areas:

  • Prevention and Early Intervention – stopping people entering into organised criminality.
  • Community Resilience – Building the highest levels of defence and resilience in vulnerable people, communities, businesses and systems.

Including delivering real messages and education about the dangers of SOC in a manner that is clear and impactive.

Tackling Inequalities Fund – Active Humber


Are you a voluntary, community, charitable or social enterprise organisation providing a service in North East Lincolnshire?

Do you work with or provide a service to one or more of the following groups?

  • People with a disability
  • People with Long Term Health Conditions
  • BAME communities
  • People living in areas of high deprivation

Have your service users / members physical health been adversely affected by COVID-19?

Would you like support to remain connected to your service users/members and support them to keep active in the COVID-19 lockdown and early recovery stages?

If you answered yes to these questions then funding is available to support you to develop project ideas of up to £10,000.

Active Humber have been awarded funding to help reduce the negative impact of COVID-19 and tackling the widening inequalities in sport and physical activity. Some examples of projects we have funded so far include:

  • A disability charity that supports individuals aged 16+ with Autism to access online exercise sessions aimed at the group’s specific needs and fitness levels
  • A Home from Hospital service to support their service users who don’t have access to the internet or the technology to access the internet, to purchase equipment which will allow volunteers to support them to access online physical activity sessions.
  •  A visually impaired group have been supported to provide physical activity opportunities (that used to take place in open spaces) to move sessions to an enclosed facility, which will provide them with a safer environment for their members to undertake exercise.
  • A women’s aid charity to support alternative opportunities for women to be physically active during these times, as they can no longer attend the swimming sessions and yoga classes that were previously provided.

There is no application process. Anyone interested should contact Active Humber by emailing nmassingham@activehumber.co.uk or ringing Nicola on 07860 954 342 for a chat about a project proposal.

Small Business Grant

Grants of up to £25,000 for businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors with rateable values between £15,000 and £51,000. Grants of £10,000 for all businesses in receipt of Small Business rate relief or Rural Rate relief. These grants will not need to be paid back

Check your eligibility: Eligibility and Guidance for Grants – updated 290420

Read the frequently asked questions document.

Complete the Business support grant information form.

Police and Crime Commissioner COVID-19 Extraordinary Funding for Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence

Deadline 1st June 2020

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) announced some funding for Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Covid-19 related work this week (19th May 2020).

To be eligible for the funding, organisations must be a registered charity, a charitable incorporated organisation, or a social enterprise, including companies limited by guarantee and community interest companies. They must provide support services which have the purpose of helping victims of crime cope with the impacts of crime, and, as far as possible, recover from the harm they have experienced.

The funding is available to cover the period from 24 March to 31 October 2020. 

Click here for the website.