The Holiday Activities and Food programme (HAF)

Deadline extend to 5pm 17th July 2021

The Holiday Activities and Food programme (HAF) provides healthy food and enriching activities to disadvantaged children.

The programme will cover the Easter, summer and Christmas holidays in 2021.

The aim of the programme is to make free places available to 5-16 year old children in the area who are eligible for and receive benefits-related free school meals the equivalent of at least four hours a day, four days a week and for six weeks a year. This would cover four weeks in the summer and a week’s worth of provision in each of the Easter and Christmas holidays in 2021.

Click here for HAF fund.

Written and sent on behalf of North East Lincolnshire Council:

We’re looking for people to run activity clubs for children during the school holidays. In return, we can offer grants to cover the cost for the activities.

The Holiday Activities and Food programme is aimed tackling so-called ‘unhealthy holidays’ by improving children’s physical health and nutrition during the school break.

We want to work with local people and groups to host free activities for school-age children, with funding available to sponsor sessions.  

Activities should be aimed at school-age children who are eligible for benefits-related free school meals.

Click here for the full information.

COVID-19 Business Support Grants

Deadline 31st May 2021

This application form is only for ratepaying businesses who have been forced to close by Government between November 2020 and 31 March 2021.

If you are not the ratepayer for your premises, have chosen to close, or are still allowed to be open but have chosen to close, you are not eligible for this scheme. All schemes up to 15th February are now closed, your application will only be considered for the 2nd phase 44-day period 15th February-31st March 21, or the Restart grant.

Click here for the application.

Fund launch – Supporting the Clinically Vulnerable in North East Lincolnshire Grant Scheme

Deadline for applications – midnight 6th June 2021

The objective of the Clinically Vulnerable Grant Scheme is to provide support to those with specific medical conditions which have made them particularly vulnerable to being seriously ill if they contract Covid-19. Now that lockdown measures are easing North East Lincolnshire Council would like to offer funding to local voluntary and community groups for projects to help these residents and other vulnerable members of our community with the transition and better equip them if shielding / lockdown is required again at some point in the future.

Grant awards of up to £10,000 for projects that will help meet one or all of the three key outcomes detailed below:

  1. Feel better able to cope with any future restrictions on movement and socialising.
  2. Feel able to start to re-integrate into the community.
  3. Have the digital capacity and capability to help them access support and social opportunities for the future.

Through the following categories of support:

  1. Digital Inclusion
  2. Exercise and Wellbeing
  3. Socialising and Travel

Projects should be focussed on quick delivery of outcomes to ensure support during and immediately after the easing of lockdown restrictions, with a delivery time of up to 6 months. 

This funding is provided through the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) and has been allocated primarily to support the Clinically Extremely Vulnerable, but awards will be made for projects that offer wider support for other vulnerable groups in the community.   

NHS Charities Together: Community Partnerships Funding

Deadline for all pots is 18th June 2021.

These grants are to support community partnerships in recognition of the impact of COVID-19 on the wider community.

There are 3 pots:

Pot 1: Green Social Prescribing: Mental & Physical Health – £200,000

Pot 2: Volunteering: 2 bids sough 1 from Humber area, 1 from York & North Yorkshire – £200,000

Pot 3: Match funding project grants from £5,000 to £50,000 – £200,000

Sport & Physical Activity Revival Funding

In partnership with the Lincolnshire Community Foundation, Active Humber has a small grants pot of funding for sports clubs and physical activity groups in North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire to support them in reviving their club/group activities as soon as rules and guidelines allow them to do so. Sports clubs and physical activity groups are invited to apply for up to £500 to help support the revival of club and group activities when restrictions are eased.

You can find out more here.

STEM Skills Fund

Deadline 30th April 2021

Ørsted’s East Coast Skills Fund and its Walney Extension Skills Fund are now back open to applications. A total of £150,000 will be available through an open application process to experienced organisations that can develop and deliver Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) related training or education courses, a one-off event, or a programme of targeted events.

Charity shop kicks off funding blitz for grassroots teams

Freshney Place charity shop, Sports Traider, is offering financial support to help local clubs and community groups.

North East Lincolnshire Community Safety Partnership is supporting Sports Traider to provide funding to grassroots clubs across the borough.

Payments of up to £1,000 are available for new and existing grassroots clubs, to provide clothing and equipment so vulnerable adults and children take part in sporting activities.

Sports Traider founder, Lance Haggith, said:

“We’re excited to launch the Sports Traider Encouraging Participation (STEP) Fund, which we hope will encourage young people to participate in sporting activities no matter what their background or abilities.

“Our key target groups are grassroots clubs who need financial support, clothing or equipment to increase activity amongst vulnerable adults and children.

“The community pot generated by the store is kept local, and applications are sought from anyone in North East Lincolnshire.

“The more customers we have, the more funding can be channelled into the local community.

“We want people to be aware of the store in Freshney Place and that everything in store is £5 or less.”

Applications for funding can be submitted from Wednesday 17 February 2021.

The closing date for applications is Thursday 18 March 2021, and successful groups will be notified on 31 March.

Councillor Ron Shepherd, cabinet member for Safer and Stronger Communities at North East Lincolnshire Council, said:

“This is a great example of a local business giving something back to the community.

“Having access to grassroots sports can benefit people’s health and wellbeing, and can create strong communities who have a sense of ownership over their club or team.

“If there is a community leader or parent out there who wants to start a new group, club, or activity, Sports Traider would like to hear from them about their ambitions, plans and needs to get started.

“The offer is universal to all current clubs across the borough.”

The store in Freshney Place is currently closed, in-line with COVID restrictions, but application forms are available online at

You can also email for more information or to request an application form.

Funding bids are submitted to a panel, made up of members of North East Lincolnshire Community Safety Partnership, who can then award the money to successful groups.

Subsequent rounds of funding are planned to take place every three months, which means more chances to apply.

The amount of funding available depends on the profitability of the Sports Traider store in Freshney Place, which opened in September 2020.

Sports Traider works on a not-for-profit basis, which means profits from the store will be returned to support local community activities and engagement in physical activities and sports clubs.

The Sports Traider Charity has connections with leading sporting brands and is able to obtain new stock via charitable donations and reduced costs.


North East Lincolnshire Covid-19 Resilience & Recovery Fund


Lincolnshire Community Foundation, in partnership with North East Lincolnshire Council would like to invite existing small local community groups, charities and organisations across NE Lincolnshire to apply for up to £1,000.00 to support their future financial resilience, in particular where they’ve not been able to generate revenue, income or undertake fundraising activities because they had close due to the impact of Covid-19. 

Grant size: Up to £1,000


LEP Calls for Funding Bids for Major Projects

The call has gone out to businesses and organisations in Greater Lincolnshire to submit grant funding bids of £500,000 or more to support major projects.

The Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership and the Greater Lincolnshire Strategic Infrastructure Development Plan Working Group have launched a joint call for bids.

The aim is for Greater Lincolnshire to have a pipeline of major projects to consider should funding from central government become available in the new year.

“Although the LEP has no funding currently available it is imperative that we can respond quickly as funding opportunities arise,” said Pat Doody, Chief Executive of the Greater Lincolnshire LEP.

Click here for the full article.


Grants4Growth is an £12.5m ERDF funded project delivered by South Holland District Council in Greater Lincolnshire. It provides capital grants for SMEs to purchase/install efficient new processes, production facilities helping them to invest-to-grow; its function is to administer simple, straightforward grants and quantifiable action to help businesses invest to grow, improve resilience and create jobs.

Following they can support:

  • CNC Machines & Laser Cutters
  • Sewing & Embroidery Machines
  • Printers and printing equipment
  • Shot Blast units & Compressors
  • Spray Paint Equipment
  • Warehouse racking and Fork lift trucks
  • Drones & Specialist video equipment but not software

Click here for Grants4Growth website.