Yorkshire and Humber Presentation from Lloyds Foundation

At a recent meeting of the Yorkshire Funders Forum, Paul Streets, Chief Executive of Lloyds Foundation, gave a presentation on Covid-19 from a funder’s perspective. The information is focused on voluntary and community organisations in the Yorkshire and Humber region, and looks ahead to potential issues and priorities for 2021.

People’s Health Trust forthcoming Active Communities round

The People’s Health Trust have just announced their opening timetable for their Active Communities Fund which distributes money from the Health Lottery.

They haven’t yet confirmed the areas the fund will target in Yorkshire and the Humber, but they will be launching in the summer, and the fund will offer grants of between £5k – £40k for up to two years.

You can sign up to receive their newsletter so that you don’t miss their announcement if they do target our area.

Nisa’s Charity, Making A Difference Locally (MADL)

Nisa’s Charity, Making A Difference Locally (MADL) is generously donating £7,000 of grants to the Hull, East Riding and North East Lincolnshire Areas.

This funding was originally intended for the 2020 Humber Bridge Half Marathon, of which MADL are the proud Event Partner. Unfortunately this event had to be cancelled due to the Coronavirus. 

MADL wants to ensure that this money can continue the positive experience of healthy activities and community spirit that the marathon brings. They are very keen to hear from groups who focus on sports and physical activities, that need some help during these challenging times. 

How to apply for the grant:

To apply for the grant, you must be registered on www.beecan.org

You can watch a quick guide on how to register by clicking HERE

Search for the grant in the “Browse Funding programs” section, or by clicking HERE

Grants are available from £250 to £500 for groups in Hull, East Riding, North East / North Lincolnshire. The focus of this grant is for sports or physical activity groups who need help due to the effects of Covid-19

Before applying for the grant, think about what support you need and how this will help. Then check the list of fundable and non-fundable items to make sure your request meets the criteria. If you have any questions please email hive@heysmilefoundation.org

  1. Start the application by clicking the orange “Apply” button then select “New Project” from the drop-down menu.
  2. You will be asked to complete 4 questions.

This is your opportunity to help the panel understand the impact that the funding will have:

  • Tell us about the group’s activities and the impact it has (Up to 250 words).
  • Describe your challenges and how the funding will support your group (Up to 250 words).
  • Input how many people you support 
  • Input their age range.
  1. Add a breakdown of your funding request in the Budget section
  2. Complete the declaration to confirm details are correct.
  3. Go back and check your information and then click “Submit Application”

We may come back to ask further questions but aim to provide a decision within 10 working days.

Need some help? –  Please get in contact at hive@heysmilefoundation.org if you need any assistance.

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