Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service

Community Development Grant


Organisations, small user led groups and local people/informal groups are invited to apply for grants from the Community Development fund to fund start up initiatives or to continue with valuable activities that support the residents of Lincolnshire.

Lincolnshire CVS and Voluntary Centre Services in partnership with Lincolnshire County Council will administer the grant funding.

Building capacity within communities

The funding is intended to inspire and assist in building capacity within communities and aims to ensure that investment is targeted to community initiatives which empower and support the most vulnerable residents of Lincolnshire, to remain independent at home and in their local community.

The funding will also support activities that strengthen local communities and increase peoples’ support networks and social connections to improve the health and wellbeing and quality of healthy life years for adult residents.

One off grants of up to £2,500 are available up to May 2019 to any constituted group or registered charity operating in Lincolnshire.

This will be to develop new activities and to help with the group’s sustainability.

Local people/informal groups, small user led organisations groups that are not  formally constituted or have a management committee may also be eligible

Groups and organisations must demonstrate that their group / project has a positive impact for one or more of the following client groups:

Older People

People with Learning Disabilities

People with Physical Disabilities


Projects should also meet at least one of the five outcomes listed below (a detailed explanation of each of the outcomes can be found in the Community Development Fund –Outcomes Document’ – see below):

Information, Advice & Guidance

Accessibility and Transport

Social Isolation

Early Intervention and Prevention

Health and Wellbeing

What can be funded?

The following are examples of what we can fund. This is not an exhaustive list and may include other costs associated with developing the projects.

Purchase of equipment and project materials

Venue / Room hire

Insurance (Up to £200 for groups that have an annual income of less than £2000)

Publicity materials (leaflets, posters and booklets)

Disability aids that enable the local community to reasonably take part in your projects / activities such as hearing loops and portable ramps

Volunteering expenses

Volunteer training costs and capacity building events

Hiring (but not purchasing) of a vehicle that enables people to attend your group and activities

What cannot be funded…

  • Anything illegal.
  • Anything that promotes the use of harmful substances e.g. alcohol, tobacco or drugs.
  • Anything that will bring Lincolnshire County Council, Lincolnshire CVS or Voluntary Centre Services into disrepute.
  • Anything contrary to the Council’s financial regulations or policies.
  • Anything that is the core responsibility of a public-sector organisation or local authority.
  • Anything that an organisation or local authority has a statutory obligation to deliver
  • Projects based/operating outside of Lincolnshire, unless they provide significant benefit to
    communities within Lincolnshire.
  • Projects or events which are for private gain.
  • Support or promotion of local business.
  • Events primarily intended to pass on surplus income to other organisations, e.g. charity concerts.
  • Revenue costs (salaries, project officer or other employee costs, rents, statutory training etc).
  • Projects or events which are currently receiving Lincolnshire County Council Adult Care funding or Managed Care Network funding.
  • General appeals or sponsorship.
  • Activities of a mainly political or religious nature, including improvements to the fabric of church buildings (non-religious community activities held within a place of worship may be eligible).
  • Any activity promoting extremist ideology.
  • Contingency funds, income deficits, bridging loans or security against a loan.

Applications will be assessed on their ability to…

Demonstrate a wide variety of support to people, especially to those who are currently not involved in community life

Show that the group and their activities are wanted and needed within their local communities, created by local people and can demonstrate sustainability

Measure the success and impact of the group / activities on Older People, People with Learning and/or Physical Disabilities and Carers within their local communities.

Contribute to meeting the outcomes in the funding documentation.

Demonstrate equality of opportunity and the elimination of discrimination.

Group Funding

To apply to Community Development Fund, your group must have:
• A written governing document or constitution.
• A bank or building society account in the name of your group or organisation.
• Appropriate insurance (unless your group is applying for insurance within the application)
• Relevant Adult Safeguarding and Equality & Diversity policies

LCVS and VCS offers advice on whether your project is likely to be suitable for the fund and guidance to help ensure your application provides all the necessary information.

We would strongly advise all applicants to get in touch with LCVS (for Boston, South Holland, East Lindsey and South Kesteven areas) before submitting an application, by email:

or via

VCS (for Lincoln, North Kesteven and West Lindsey) by email on:

Grants will need to be spent within one year of the decision to award funding. 80% of the cash award will be available in advance with the remainder payable on completion of a halfway interim report.

The next funding round deadline is:

Friday, May 3rd 2019

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If you have any enquiries about our organisation or would like to find out more about one of our services, please do get in touch.

For general enquiries please call (01205) 510888 or email

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