Community funding and grants

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Grants and funding available for individuals and communities in North Lincolnshire

We recognise the important role that community groups play in making North Lincolnshire an excellent place to work, live and play.  We also wish to support talented individuals to become the very best that they can in their chosen activity.  In return, recipients of grant funding will be required to contribute to key priorities for the area.

We will expect groups, where appropriate, to show that their projects will keep people safe and well, enable communities to flourish and promote growth in the economy.

Applicant organisations must have policies which address all statutory responsibilities including health and safety, safeguarding children and vulnerable adults, and equality and diversity, which meet recognised standards of good practice.

Grant awards are approved by the Safer, Stronger Communities – Rural, and Safer, Stronger Communities – Ashby, Bottesford and Scunthorpe (‘Urban’) Cabinet Members

Community grants

This fund will support the following organisations if they are non profit making and have social aims:

  • Junior and youth groups (registered with North Lincolnshire Council)
  • Charitable bodies
  • Trusts
  • Co-operatives
  • Industrial and provident societies
  • Not for profit constituted organisations
  • Town and parish councils

Applications from new groups are welcomed.

Individual grants

You can apply for an individual grant if you are a resident in North Lincolnshire and are able to demonstrate excellence in sport, art or culture.  This should be supported by independent evidence, for example selection to a recognised governing body, national sports squad, working with professional artists, practitioner in a residence, mentoring or master class setting.

Request an application form

To request an application form, or if we can be of any assistance to you in completing your application, or if you need support in producing your organisations policies, please contact the Grants team on 01724 297257 or email communitygrants@northlincs.gov.uk. Please note we will not consider applications for support with staffing or retrospective costs.

We recognise the importance of local groups and organisations in delivering on priorities in local communities, which in turn help to make North Lincolnshire the best place for our residents. The council is supporting communities to take action to make environmental improvements.

£150,000 has been made available in our new Enhancing our Environment Fund.

The fund will support organisations if they are non profit making and have social aims to implement a wide range of environmental improvements that will contribute to the council’s outcomes.

The fund may be used to support activity that delivers environmental improvements. Currently the Enhancing our Environment Fund will receive applications for the following five categories of environmental improvements:

  1. Rainwater harvesting
  2. Community Orchards and Tree Planting
  3. ‘Clean Energy’ carbon saving technologies on Community Buildings
  4. Community Composting
  5. Sustainable travel planning for communities.

Applicant organisations must have policies which address all statutory responsibilities including health and safety, safeguarding children and vulnerable adults, and equality and diversity, which meet recognised standards of good practice.

Grant awards are approved by the Deputy Leader of the council.

The maximum grant awarded will be up to 90 per cent of the project cost up to a maximum of £15,000. Grant aid will be based on the estimated net cost of the work involved. Any VAT payments will only be covered by grant aid if they are non-reclaimable.

The applicant group will normally be expected to contribute a minimum of 10 per cent or £5,000, whichever is the lesser, towards the cost of the project.

Please contact the Grant team for full guidance notes and an application pack. We are also happy to help with completing your application, or producing your organisations policies.

01724 297257

We are looking for local good causes to benefit from Lincs Lotto.  The good causes could be local charities, community groups, parish councils or sports clubs, and will receive 50 per cent of the proceeds from lottery ticket sales. A further 10 per cent of ticket sales will go to support other local good causes through our Community Grant Fund.

Prizes of up to £25,000 are up for grabs from Lincs Lotto. Tickets for the weekly draw cost just £1 each and are available to buy online on the Lincs Lotto website.

Lincs Lotto players will be able to choose which good cause they want to support when they buy their tickets, and 50 pence from every ticket bought will go directly to their chosen cause.

Each charity or community group has its own webpage on the website and is encouraged to drum up ticket sales to help support their cause.

The first draw took place in September 2017.

In accordance with the Gambling Act 2005, North Lincolnshire Council has appointed an external lottery manager, Gatherwell Ltd, to run Lincs Lotto on our behalf.

SSE have two funding schemes available in North Lincolnshire for community projects:

  • SSE Local Keadby Wind Farm Fund
  • The Sustainable Development Fund (SDF)

SSE Local Keadby Wind Farm Fund

Around £182,000 per year has been allocated to the SSE Local Keadby Wind Farm Fund and made available to community projects within the North Axholme Ward area.

The SSE Local Keadby Wind Farm Fund is accepting applications from projects within the eligible area [PDF, 1.18Mb].

Applications are invited from the Parishes of Gunness and Burringham to be considered for a ring fenced grant fund of £20,000 (made up from the two SSE funding schemes) to be allocated across the four funding panel meetings listed below.  Applications must meet the SSE funding guidelines to be eligible for consideration by the SSE Keadby Wind Farm Local Funding Panel.

Apply for a grant

The decision making panel meets every quarter to discuss projects.  The deadlines for submitting applications are:

  • Deadline – 28 December 2020
    • Decision making panel – 25 January 2021

SSE Sustainable Development Fund (SDF)

The Sustainable Development Fund is in addition to our local Keadby Wind Farm Fund and supports strategic projects across North Lincolnshire.  It allows the benefits of the renewable energy development to be accessible to a wider area and is directed to projects that can achieve significant impact in local communities.

Applications for the fund opened on 14 July 2020 and closes on 31 October 2020. The decision making panel will take place in November 2020.

Priority areas

  • Creating opportunities:  Create or enhance opportunities for education and employment through activities that develop skills and improve an individual’s chance of entering the workplace.
  • Empowering communities: Empower communities to become more resilient and protect vulnerable residents through measures which demonstrate long-term social, environmental or economic improvements.
  • Sustainable places: Stimulate meaningful regeneration to improve or enhance local infrastructure, landscape, biodiversity or heritage and make a lasting difference to the places we live, work and visit.

Further information about SSE is available from the SSE website.

The Safer Communities Fund (previously the Crime Reduction Fund) offers grants of up to £20,000 to community projects in North Lincolnshire that help to build safe, strong and resilient communities. The fund opens to new applications four times each year. Please read the information below to find out if your project could be eligible.

Since 2018, North Lincolnshire Community Safety Partnership (CSP) has given over £200,000 to community projects across the area.
Projects supported include:

  • dance clubs
  • boxing clubs
  • youth clubs
  • therapeutic support for young people
  • employment support for people looking for work
  • scam prevention work

The fund can support a variety of projects. If you are part of a charity, voluntary group, or community interest company looking for funding to support activities in your area, please get in touch. You could be awarded a grant from the CSP for your project.

Why we changed the name

We felt it was important to capture the community spirit that is such an asset to our communities in North Lincolnshire, and to give a better feel for the aims of the fund. The Community Safety Partnership (CSP) are committed to enabling people to feel safe and be safe, and this fund will support community groups to deliver valuable work towards our shared aims.

Aims of the Safer Community Fund

  • Strengthen local communities through the provision of facilities, events, activities or services to local children and young people, families, and adults of all ages
  • Encourage and support voluntary groups to make North Lincolnshire safer through the development of local initiatives, projects, services and activities

Application criteria

Applicants should demonstrate that their project meets the following criteria:

  • The project contributes to at least one of the PCC’s aims in the PHumberside PCC’s Police and Crime Plan  [PDF, 2Mb]:
    • To deliver increasingly self-sustaining and safe communities in the Humber area
    • To build public confidence in the agencies involved in creating safer communities
    • To promote services to victims and the vulnerable that meet their needs
  • The project contributes to at least one of the North Lincolnshire Community Safety Partnership Plan outcomes:
    • Safe communities – people feel safe and are safe
      • targeting offenders
      • protecting the vulnerable
      • focusing on communities in need
    • Strong communities – people take responsibility for their community
      • building community cohesion
      • developing volunteering
      • enhancing Neighbourhood Watch and Action Teams
    • Resilient communities – people recover and withstand adverse impact
      • reducing the impact of domestic abuse
      • reducing the impact of substance and alcohol misuse
      • safeguarding the vulnerable from exploitation

Applicants need to clearly explain how their project will benefit children, young people, families, adults or the community in the area where the project will be based. It should outline exactly what the money will be used for. It is also good to show us what other funding you have raised for the project.

What will the fund support?

The Safer Communities Fund will support a wide range of facilities, events, activities and services that contribute to the following priorities:

  • Enable communities to thrive and live active healthy and fulfilled lives
  • Support, safeguard and protect the vulnerable
  • Shape the area into a prosperous place to live, work, invest and play
  • Commission to improve outcomes for individuals and communities

Examples of the types of groups the fund can help:

  • Neighbourhood Watch groups
  • Junior and youth groups
  • Charitable bodies
  • Trusts
  • Co-operatives
  • Industrial and provident societies
  • Not for profit constituted organisations
  • Town and parish councils

Please note this list is not exhaustive and applications from new groups are welcomed.

Application details

There are two levels of funding that can be applied for:

  • Tier 1 – bids of up to £10,000 for one year projects
  • Tier 2 – bids of up to £20,000 for two year projects

Additional funding may be available for specific projects – please contact the Community Safety Partnership via email to discuss in more detail.

Your group will be expected to demonstrate a commitment to the proposed project either in terms of financial commitment, match funding, resources, or ‘in kind’ support for the project, in addition to the funding being requested from the CSP. This can include volunteer time.

If you are applying for Tier 2 funding you may be invited in to come and present your project to our panel. We will be in touch to arrange this if this is the case.

There are four funding rounds throughout the year. The next deadline for applications to be submitted is 18 November 2020.

Resources to support applications can be found in the ‘related documents’ section below.

If you wish to submit an application to the current round, please be very clear how you will deliver your chosen project in line with the current government guidelines around social distancing due to COVID-19.

If you cannot deliver your project in line with current guidelines, or would need to delay the start of your project, please consider submitting your application to a later round in either August or November. If you are unsure which round to apply for, please contact us to discuss this.

Things to consider

The Safer Communities grant should not be applied for in respect of the following:

  • Groups who cannot demonstrate evidence of their own fund raising efforts or contribution to the project detailed in the application
  • Projects to premises used solely as places of worship (projects benefitting the wider community and partnership endeavours are eligible to apply)
  • Retrospective applications, for example to reimburse money already spent
  • Schools and colleges
  • Political groups or groups promoting political activities
  • Groups or organisations where the majority of the membership live outside of North Lincolnshire Council boundaries
  • Groups whose activities exclude young people under 18 years
  • Grant making bodies applying for funding to redistribute to individuals or groups
  • Repair and maintenance projects
  • Repairs to damage caused by fire or vandalism
  • Staffing costs, unless there is an exceptional need

Please note that this list is not exhaustive, if you are unsure of whether your project idea is eligible please contact us on the details below.

Bank accounts – as a partnership we have a responsibility to ensure correct use of public funds, and as such have to ensure we have confidence in the groups applying for funding to manage grants awarded appropriately. With this in mind, we would prefer groups to have a group bank account. The process for obtaining a club/society bank account is a relatively simple one – as a committee you will need to agree two unrelated signatories to authorise payments, fill in a form and present evidence of your ID and address to your chosen bank, along with a copy of your group’s constitution. If your group is unable to hold a bank account please contact us to discuss this before applying.

If you feel your group could benefit from this funding, please contact the CSP for a copy of the full guidance notes, FAQs and application form.


The Community Safety Partnership work closely with the Community Grants team to support applicants and to ensure that applications reach the most appropriate funding pot. If you would like support with your application or would like to discuss your project idea and get some advice, you can contact the Community Grants team via email at communitygrants@northlincs.gov.uk or via telephone on 01724 297257.

You can contact the Community Safety Partnership for advice or to ask a question via email at communitysafetypartnership@northlincs.gov.uk. If you’d prefer a call back, please send us your details and we’ll call you back.