£120,000 is still available for local community groups

The Sleaford-based Lincolnshire Community Foundation, in partnership with Lincolnshire County Council, has so far distributed £70,000 on behalf of Defra to local groups, charities and organisations working to combat the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on those who are vulnerable.

Some of the successful applicants include Lincolnshire Emergency Blood Bikes towards increased overheads and EDAN Lincs, to help victims of domestic abuse and telephone befriending for people who are visually impaired.

Groups can apply for up to £5,000 to support the ongoing needs of vulnerable people and successful projects might include those that address: loneliness and isolation, mental health support, financial hardship, digital exclusion and telephone befriending. Applicants can also ask for a contribution towards their core costs and overheads.

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As the pandemic continues to develop and affect people’s lives through the winter, the Community Foundation is still keen to hear from new and emerging Covid-19 response groups working to help local residents who are shielding or self-isolating during lockdown.

Sue Fortune, the foundation’s CEO, said: “The ongoing pressure on our voluntary and community sector, given the current circumstances, may mean they are struggling to cover the cost of delivering vital support to those who need it the most.

“Staff are here to help.”

Not for profit community groups, PTAs, social enterprises and community interest companies are eligible. Parish and town councils can apply, provided the funded activity is not part of their statutory duty. New groups can ask a trusted partner to hold funds.

This is a rolling programme with decisions notified within four weeks. The next panel meeting is on January 15, and bids received prior to January 7 will be discussed at that meeting.

To obtain an application form or to chat about your project, contact Sue Fortune on 01529 305825 or download details from the Grants Page @lincolnshirecf.co.uk