South Kesteven Community Fund is a £300,000 funding pot designed to support and develop community initiatives in the district.
South Kesteven District Council has established the fund and asked Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service (LCVS) to help ensure the money gets to where it is needed.
There are two strands to the scheme – one supporting community events and one for community projects. Grants can for as little as £200 for community events and £500 for community projects, up to £5,000 and £10,000 respectively.
Grants are available for groups and organisations who are involved in community projects and events that benefit residents and communities in the district to cover a one-off cost. Examples of potentially successful applications could include repairs to a community building, a new community festival, improvements to a recreation area, start-up costs for a scheme that will generate an ongoing revenue stream for the community such as a community owned cafe – the list goes on.
Groups and organisations must demonstrate how their project or event will deliver wide benefit, contributing to the sustainability, vitality and well-being of South Kesteven’s communities.
Up to a maximum of 80 per cent of the total costs of a project or scheme can be applied for – the other 20 per cent must be contributed from elsewhere, of which 10 per cent can be from in-kind volunteering or materials.
Support with your application
LCVS 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.
South Kesteven Community Fund applications will be considered by a panel of district council members.
Grants will need to be spent within two years of the decision to award funding. Three quarters of the cash award will be available in advance with the remainder payable on completion of the project/initiative.
See below for more examples of projects that may be eligible for the fund and those that will not.
Projects eligible for the South Kesteven Community Fund
See below for examples of projects that may be eligible for the fund and details of those that will not.
Examples of eligible projects and events:
Community Projects – see the community projects application form
|Category||Types of Projects Supported||Grant Levels|
|Community Amenities||Outdoor facilities such as MUGAs, shelters, recreation areas, orchards, heritage, footpaths etc.||Min = £500 Max = £10,000|
|Community Buildings||Repairs, maintenance and alterations to village halls and other public buildings, contributions to new build community buildings and the purchase of equipment to be used in community buildings.||Min = £500 Max = £10,000|
|Community Enterprise||Projects which generate an ongoing revenue stream for a community such as community owned pubs, shops, cafes, and community tourism initiatives.||Min = £500 Max = £10,000|
|Supporting Communities||Supporting the work of organisations who support communities, including social enterprises, support organisations and Community Led Planning groups (to support the delivery of projects in their Community Led Plans).||Min = £500 Max = £10,000|
Community Events – see the community events application form
|Category||Types of Events Supported||Grant Levels|
|Community Events||Community celebrations, sports events, street festivals, arts and cultural events.||Min = £200 Max = £5,000|
The SKDC Community Fund will not support:
- Projects or events which are for private gain.
- Events primarily intended to pass on surplus income to other organisations, eg charity concerts.
- Revenue costs (salaries, project officer or other employee costs, rents, statutory training etc).
- Projects or events which already receive SKDC District Council funding (eg rural pools).
- Regular events (unless they have a significantly new and different aspect)
- General appeals or
- 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)
- Contingency funds, income deficits, bridging loans or security against a loan.
Important guides to read before making an application:
- Important hints and tips guide
- Tips for the finance section
- Guide to the criteria, application process and conditions of funding
- Guide to completing the application forms
- Application form – community projects – For community projects only
- Application form – community events – For community events only
“I would advise anyone applying for the grant to contact LCVS. We took guidance and it was most helpful.”Ted Foxall