Funding for Communities

There is a wide range of funding sources for groups or registered charities to develop ideas and activities for their local community.

A number have specific areas of focus, e.g. disadvantaged young people, residents of a local area, or older people, and it is important to increase your chances of success that you carefully consider what types of projects the funder will support.

Funding sources suitable for community groups include:

  • Magic Little Grants 2020 (England, Scotland and Wales) – Online fundraising platform Localgiving Magic Little Grants grants 2020 programme is now open for applications. Small charities and community groups can apply for grants of up to £500 to support and inspire people to participate in sports or exercise. To be eligible applicant organisations will need to have an annual income of below £250,000 or be in their first year of operation. A total of 900 grants will be available. Applications can be submitted at any time until the 31st October 2020. COVID-19 UPDATE They are happy to support projects that support people to stay active during social distancing, such as online fitness classes delivered via video conferencing software or Youtube. Organisations now have longer than 12 months to spend the grant and they do not require specific dates for projects.
  • MAST – Small grants made to individuals to help them get back to work, into training or education. Applicants should be aged 16 and over, live in Lincolnshire and entitled to work in the UK. They should be in receipt of benefits or work no more than 16 hours a week. If funding is available elsewhere, it is unlikely MAST will assist. Grants of up to £250 may be used towards obtaining qualifications, work clothes or equipment, course materials, travel to work or training.
  • BBC – Children in Need
    Check their website for closing dates, however they do have regular opportunities to bid for money
  • Big Lottery Fund
    Provides a range of funding to community groups and projects that improve health, education and the environment
  • Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme
    A new scheme launching in April 2013 enabling charities to claim Gift Aid on small donations (up to £20) where it would be difficult to obtain donors’ personal information (e.g. bucket collections)
  • Lincolnshire Community Foundation
    Comic Relief – Support for funding for sport and disadvantaged communities
  • Lincolnshire Co-operative Society
    Provides a range of grants up to £2,000 for community activities
  • National Prospectus Grants Programme
    Grants between £100,000 and £750,000 for voluntary and community organisations improving outcomes for children, young people and families
  • Nesta Impact Investments
    Investment fund looking to invest in projects using technology to improve delivery or reduce costs and boost the health and wellbeing of an ageing population. Their minimum investment is £150,000
  • Santander Community Plus
    Grants up to £5,000 to support charities helping disadvantaged people across the UK
  • The Co-op Community Fund
    Grants of up to £2000 made to community-based projects
  • Wakeham Trust
    Provides small grants to support community action projects
  • BOOST – Building on Overlooked Sporting Talent

    Grants available to organisations to champion the disabled and disadvantaged and to enable them to participate in sport. Applications are accepted at any point in the year.

  •  Bernard Sunley Foundation  – Provides grants to charities registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales and registered Community Amateur Sports Clubs for development of amateur sports.
  • Bruce Wake Charitable Trust – Provides grants to charitable organisations for the provision of leisure activities for the disabled in the UK. Applications are considered quarterly
  • Peter Harrison Foundation – Opportunities through Sport Programme: Grants are available to charities within the UK running sports projects which provide opportunities for people who are disabled or otherwise disadvantaged to fulfil their potential and develop personal and life skills.

Funding in West Lindsey

The CAV Fund

Community Action and Volunteering Fund

Any constituted community or Parish Council in West Lindsey can apply. Activities supported might include a street party, big lunch, litter picking days, equipment or setting up a new community activity.

Up to £250 available to improve your communities.

Application pack from: Jenny Stone | | 01529 301951 or 302466

Local Councillor Initiative Fund

This fund allows each district councillor to put forward proposals to fund projects and ideas in their ward which benefit the local community.

Each councillor has £4,000 to spend over two years. The funding can be allocated at the councillor’s discretion. Projects need to fit with the broad Themes of the Corporate Plan and be community led.

Applicants should talk to their ward councillor first about their project and get written approval from them before making a formal application

For an application form please go to

Community Assets Fund

A dedicated fund supporting enterprising communities in West Lindsey

  • Have you lost a local service in your community?
  • Have you a local service which is at risk?
  • Have you an idea for a community business?

The £1M fund offers a combination of grants and loans to communities.

To register your interest or find out more information call 01993 810730 and ask about the West Lindsey Community asset Fund or register interest at

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