Saturday, February 24, 2024

Volunteer groups urged to apply for grants of up to £500

Lincolnshire Community Foundation and North Kesteven District Council are looking for smaller, volunteer-led, non-profit organisations in the district to apply for grants of up to £500.

Councillor Sally Tarry of North Kesteven District Council, said the  funds would come from the NK Community Lottery, which was designed to connect communities to the good causes and to make it easier for them to access small funding opportunities.

“Small regular sources of funding can be the difference between a community group surviving and flourishing. With this fund meeting both running costs, overheads and general expenses as well as specific expenditure linked to any projects, we anticipate it making an enormous difference to the vibrancy and variety of community life within North Kesteven.

“When the 500 or so players of the NK Lottery buy their tickets weekly, they are not only doing so in the hope of winning up to £25,000 for themselves, but also in the knowledge that most of their £1 ticket purchase will directly benefit good causes locally. Being able to re-distribute some of that money in grants of up to £500 each is a wonderful way of ensuring maximum benefit across the broad sweep of community organisations, operating in support of community cohesion and the District’s ongoing wellbeing.”

She said the application process was straightforward and help in applying was straightforward. Funds should be used to ensure the good health and mental wellbeing of residents; to promote connectivity (digital/peer support); to host community/cultural activities and events that bring communities together; to support youth activities including uniformed groups.

Examples of the type of project costs that can be requested include volunteer expenses, resources and equipment, event costs, premises costs, sessional fees, running costs, insurance and annual subscriptions.

The closing date for receipt of applications is on 1st March 2024, with decisions notified within 6-8 weeks. Details are available on the Lincolnshire Community Foundation’s Grants Page at www.lincolnshirecf.co.uk.

Hayley Crawford, Grants Manager at Lincolnshire Community Foundation says: “The Fund is a wonderful opportunity for the community to apply for funding to receive support in continuing making North Kesteven prosper. I’d encourage any group interested in applying, but not sure whether they might be eligible, to contact us at LCF”. Contact hayley@lincolnshirecf.co.uk or ring (01529) 305825. Download an Application Form from our Grants Page at www.lincolnshirecf.co.uk

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