£20k lifeline for county's community groups

Community groups in Lincolnshire could be in for a £1,000 New Year boost.

A community group in Hogsthorpe delivered food to 17 addresses where people would be on their own over the festive period. A new fund has been announced to helps groups like this carry on with their good work.

Lincolnshire Community Foundation would like to invite existing small local community groups, charities and organisations across Lincolnshire to apply for a grant to support their future financial resilience.

The cash - a total of £20,000 - could be a lifeline for groups who have not been able to generate revenue, income or undertake fundraising activities because they had close due to the impact of Covid-19.

Sue Fortune, Foundation CEO said they have listened to feedback and want to try to protect and retain as many existing services as they can.

She said: “The Foundation has received enquiries from charities and groups (bowling clubs, scouts, activity groups, guides etc) that may struggle to re-open when Covid-19 guidelines allow because their financial position is precarious.

"A small amount may be the difference between survival and closure.

"These smaller groups are vital to ensure social cohesion is maintained when it’s safe for groups to re-open. T

"he application process is straight forward and staff are on hand to offer help at every stage”.

Successful projects might include those that require a contribution towards overheads, annual subscriptions, running and core costs in order to ensure they are sustainable in the future, or funding to help the group

open where numbers are thought to be low and not cost effective.

Among those eligible are not for profit community groups with an income of less than £50,000 per year. They must have a governing document, accounts, bank account and relevant policies and procedures.

Foundation staff can give advice about these matters if required.

Branches of national charities can apply provided they have a local management committee and their own bank account.

The fund opens today (January 4) and closes on February 1. Decisions are notified within four weeks of closing date.

To obtain an application form or to chat about your project,call Sue Fortune or Katie Littlewood on 01529

305825 or email [email protected]