Cash for sporting and community groups

Lincolnshire Community Foundation has extended the deadline for receipt of applications to 1 October 2014, to enable groups to access up to £10,000 for their community project, although the average grant is in the region of £3,000.  Comic Relief Funding is for the whole of Lincolnshire (including North and North East) and locally based not-for-profit groups or organisations can apply.  Priority will be given to applications that provide clear evidence of need and a long term impact on people’s lives who are excluded or disadvantaged through low income, rural or social isolation, age, disabilities, race, sexuality or gender.

25% of the annual allocation needs to be spent on projects that increase access to sport and exercise.  The rest can be spent on schemes that increase local services, build skills of local people, increase community cohesion and/or respond to local economic needs.  This work can cover a small geographical area such as a housing estate or village, but we will also consider work covering a slightly larger area such as a town or borough, where there is evidence of community involvement.   A grant can only be awarded where the amount applied for is at least 30% of the project costs.

What will we fund? Community sport activities (cricket, bowls, hockey, tennis, basketball etc), furniture recycling projects, food banks, projects combating fuel poverty, coaching fees, volunteer training costs.

We cannot support trips abroad, purchasing mini buses, building costs and access adaptations to buildings.

If you have an idea, but would like a chat before applying please contact Sue Fortune on 01529 305825 or download full details from the Grants Page at www.lincolnshirecf.co.uk