Charitable and community organisations within North Kesteven are encouraged to apply for grants to move forward projects that promote health and wellbeing within the district.
Grants of up to £5,000 are available to charitable, voluntary and community organisations, church groups, community interest companies, non-statutory agencies etc, that are based in the District and either already delivering crucial services, or those able to clearly demonstrate where there is a gap and have a workable solution to address and support the emotional wellbeing of local residents.
The North Kesteven District Council Health, Wellbeing and Resilience Fund is being administered by the Lincolnshire Community Foundation. Bids will be considered from existing and new organisations and can be to extend ongoing services or create new initiatives.
The closing date for completed applications and supporting documentation is December 2, with decisions notified within six weeks. It is anticipated that up to £73,000 could be allocated to worthwhile projects that, as well as supporting health and wellbeing, are able to evidence there is as an element of sustainability built into the planning process.
Cllr Sally Tarry, Executive Board Member with special interest in communities, said this provision was part of a broader allocation of £100,000 earmarked by the Council to invest in targeted initiatives focused on public health, health and wellbeing and mental health.
“As a council, we are close to our residents and provide the perfect base for signposting to mental health and wellbeing services and in providing a link through to community groups such as those we hope may be able to access this fund.
“Research suggests that around one in four people in the UK experience health, wellbeing, and mental health issues each year. This equates to around 29,000 people in North Kesteven and we know – particularly through the examples of community-based endeavour and charitable outreach showcased through our NK Community Champion Awards – that there are some excellent smaller groups and organisations locally that could make a significant impact on individuals’ daily lives and outcomes.”
To access the North Kesteven District Council Health, Wellbeing and Resilience Fund speak with Lincolnshire Community Foundation grants officer Helen Carter at the Foundation on 01529 305825 or see www.lincolnshirecf.co.uk
Additionally, the Community Foundation is also currently administered the Bishop of Lincoln’s Social Justice Fund which seeks to make grants of up to £2,500 available to those smaller not for profit organisations and Anglican churches faced with increased demand for local services, or that have decided to open their doors during the Winter months to help residents stay engaged, keep safe and warm.
Priority will be given to requests to cover the cost of food, heating, and support to improve mental wellbeing, with the panel particularly keen to hear from interventions in our rural communities.
Deadline for this fund is 30 November 2022, with decisions notified by mid-January.
And in order to build a further fund to support organisations delivering frontline services to those in greatest need across Lincolnshire, the Community Foundation is operating an appeal called Thrive, based on people giving together in times of crisis, which seeks to build up an appeal fund of £1m.
See www.lincolnshirecf.co.uk for information on all available grants.