Community funding

North Kesteven District Council is inviting local charities, groups and Community Interest Companies (CICs) to a Good Cause launch in preparation for the roll out of the North Kesteven Community Lottery. The virtual event will be held on Monday 13 September 2021 at 19.00 via Microsoft Teams, and will give charities, groups and CICs the opportunity to find out more about the lottery, how it will work for them and how they can apply to be a good cause.

All groups are welcome to apply, from voluntary support groups, sports clubs and everything in between. Once launched the NK Lottery will support community projects in the local area with a draw every Saturday evening, PLUS the opportunity for lottery players to win £25,000 every week.

Tickets for the weekly draw cost £1 each and are available to purchase by direct debit or payment card via a dedicated NK lottery website. From each £1 ticket, 60p goes to local charities, voluntary organisations and other good causes that have been approved by the District Council.

Lottery players are able to choose which good cause they want to support when they buy their tickets, and 50p from every ticket bought goes directly to their chosen cause! In addition 10p is allocated to ‘other good causes’. The remainder being put towards prizes, operating costs and VAT.

All approved Good Causes will be able to set up their own lottery page, for free, and receive income directly from the sale of tickets. No catch, and no cost!

In order to attend the launch, groups must register through Eventbrite, and a link to join the event will be forwarded closer to the date.

Heritage Lottery offer a range of different grant programmes with grants from £3,000 to over £5million. In assessing applications, they take account of the outcomes for heritage, people and communities that projects will achieve.

Heritage Lottery funding schemes come under the following categories:

  • Buildings and monuments
  • Community heritage
  • Cultures and memories
  • Industrial, maritime and transport
  • Land and natural heritage
  • Museums, libraries and archive

For further information please visit the Heritage Lottery Fund website. 

Sport England is committed to investing in clubs and projects across the country to create a great environment that encourages more people to play sport.

Whether you need to make your make your clubhouse more accessible, want to improve the drainage of your pitch or need financial help to put on more coaching sessions, they have a funding stream that could help.

Each of their funds has been carefully designed to support their strategy and meet the needs of the applicants.

Funds are distributed in two ways.

  1. Through solicited applications - they will invest in organisations which have specific objectives related to community sport, such as national governing bodies, county sports partnerships and local authorities.
  2. Through open applications - through open applications, they will invest in a wide range of organisations. Applications will be judged on their merits against transparent and relevant criteria.

For further information on available funding visit the Sport England website.

The Big Lottery Fund (BIG) is responsible for distributing 40 per cent of all funds raised for good causes (about 11 pence of every pound spent on a Lottery ticket) by the National Lottery.

BIG has awarded to projects supporting health, education, environment and charitable purposes. 80 to 90 per cent of funding is awarded to voluntary and community sector organisations.

They deliver funding throughout the UK, mostly through programmes tailored specifically to the needs of communities in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland as well as some programmes that cover the whole UK.

BIG also distributes non-Lottery funding on behalf of public bodies such as the Department for Education and the Office for Civil Society.

More information can be found on the Big Lottery Fund website.

The majority of funding for environmental projects is provided by one body, Waste Recycling Environmental Ltd (WREN).

Grants ranging from £2,000 to £50,000 are available. These will fund projects, such as the: 

  • Supply or improvement of a public amenity.
  • Delivery of biodiversity conservation for UK species or habitats.
  • Repair or renovation of historic or architecturally significant buildings. 

WREN’s funding comes from landfill tax. Operators of landfill sites are liable for tax, but can claim back 20% if they make their payments to an approved environmental body.

The idea is to encourage landfill operators to support local environmental improvements and improved education on waste. 100% of funding is available at the moment, but 11% must be paid back, in cash, by a third party, to the landfill operator.

More information can be found on the WREN website.

The Community Covenant Grant Scheme is to help local projects that aim to strengthen the ties between members of the armed forces community and the wider community in which they live. The Covenant Fund has £10 million each year to support the Armed Forces Covenant by funding projects which address specific priorities.

There are two funding routes:

  • small grants, for applications up to a maximum of £20,000 
  • large grants, for applications of between £20,001 and £500,000

Application forms and guidance notes are available on the GOV.UK  Covenant Fund webpages.

Awards for All England is a simple grants scheme. The programme aims to help improve local communities and the lives of those people most in need.

Projects must lead to one or more of the following outcomes:

  • People have better chances in life, with better access to training and development to improve their life skills.
  • Stronger communities, with more active citizens working together to tackle their problems.
  • Improved rural and urban environments, which communities can access and enjoy better.
  • Healthier and more active people and communities.

You are eligible for funding from Awards for All if you:

  • Are a not-for-profit group (including social enterprises), or you are a parish or town council, school, or health body.
  • Have a bank account that requires at least two unrelated people to sign each cheque or withdrawal.
  • Have a governing body with at least three unrelated members.
  • Can spend the grant within one year.

Applications forms are available by downloading them from the Awards for all website. Awards for All England applications take around 8 weeks to assess. If a decision is made to offer a grant there is then a set up stage before payment is made. Applications should be submitted 4 months in advance of anticipated project start date.

For advice, telephone 0345 410 2030 or email The Big Lottery Fund.

Grants between £100 and £5,000 are available.

The Co-op is based on the values of self-help, social responsibility and caring for others. Thousands of community groups who share these important social values have benefited from the scheme.

They include:

  • Environmental groups
  • Young people
  • People with disabilities
  • Playgroups
  • Elderly people
  • Credit unions
  • Education projects

You can find out whether your project is eligible on the Co-Op Community website. You can apply for funding by filling out the Co-Op dividend fund online application.

The main grant programme offers grants ranging from below £5,000 to in excess £1 million. This is a rolling programme but the board of Trustees sits twice a year to consider applications.

The majority of support is directed towards the cultural sector and in particular to cultural learning, to museum, gallery, heritage and performing arts learning spaces.  

Registered Charities with interests in the sectors listed above are welcome to apply

The foundation will not fund projects retrospectively and will not support individuals or general appeals. The following are funded very rarely:

  • Projects outside the UK
  • Staff posts
  • Local branches of national charities
  • Academic or project research
  • Conference costs

Application is by letter including the following:

  • A brief overview of the work of your organisation
  • A concise account of the project you are seeking funding for
  • A clear statement of the sum you are seeking from the Foundation and the total cost of the project

No annual accounts or additional information is required at this stage.

Please enclose a standard – sized (DL), stamped, self addressed envelope.

For more information visit the Clore Duffield Foundation website.

The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation gives grants under four areas:

  1. Social development
  2. Arts and heritage
  3. Education
  4. Environment

Grants ranging from £350, to a maximum of £375,000 in exceptional circumstances, are available. For more information, go to The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation website.

The Football Foundation provides sporting facilities and promotes education by:

  • Putting in place a new generation of modern football facilities in parks, local leagues, and schools
  • Providing capital and revenue support for the running of grass roots football
  • Strengthening the links between football and the community, and harnessing its potential as a force for good in society

More information can be found on the Football Foundation website.

What is the Sleaford REP Community Power Fund?

Greencoat Capital (the owners of the Sleaford Renewable Energy Plant) in partnership with North Kesteven District Council makes funding available via the Community Power Fund to support community projects within a 5 mile radius of the plant.

Taking into account any parish that falls wholly or partly within this range, the locations eligible to apply for funding are Anwick, Asgarby & Howell, Ashby de la Launde, Aswarby & Swarby, Aunsby & Dembledy, Burton Pedwardine, Cranwell, Culverthorpe & Kelby, Dorrington, Ewerby & Evedon, Great Hale, Heckington, Helpringham, Kirkby la Thorpe, Leasingham & Roxholm, Little Hale, North Kyme, North Rauceby,  Osbournby, Ruskington, Scredington, Silk Willoughby, Sleaford, South Kyme, South Rauceby, Swaton, Threekingham and Wilsford.

The Sleaford REP Community Power Fund Panel will consider applications on a quarterly basis. Representatives of the Sleaford Renewable Energy Plant, the local community and NKDC councillors are members of the Community Power Fund Panel. 

Funding Available

  • We have an allocation of £125,000 to distribute over a 5 year period. We aim to distribute £25,000 per year.

  • Grants are available up to a maximum of £5,000 in any one year.

  • There are two application forms available. One for grants for up to £1,000 and another for grants from £1,001 to £5,000. Please ensure you complete the correct form.


For a project to be supported by the Community Power Fund it must meet the following objectives:

  • Cover one of the following: the environment, sport, wellbeing and education.

  • Encourage community cohesion to build stronger communities.

  • Benefit the community/group by supporting activities and projects that bring wider community benefit.


To be eligible to apply, groups must have:

  • A constitution, or governing document, and

  • A bank or building society account

Groups must be not-for-profit and based and operate within 5 miles of the Sleaford Renewable Energy Plant.