Community funding

Most funders will require the applying group to be a ‘not for profit’ organisation and have a governing document or constitution, and a bank account.

The NK Partnerships team is able to offer support to communities who wish to apply for funding.  They can help with setting up a group or committee, recommend the type of people who would need to be involved, and advise on setting up a constitution. Advice can also be offered on completing application forms. 

Email the partnerships team or call them on 01529 414155.

There is also funding advice and support available from Voluntary Centre Services and Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Centre Services. Visit  Lincolnshire Volunteering & Funding.

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.

Tickets are available online for the North Kesteven Community Lottery, which offers the chance to win a £25,000 jackpot and help local good causes. 

The North Kesteven Community Lottery is a weekly lottery that will raise money for good causes in the local area. 

Each draw takes place on a Saturday, with 60p from every £1 ticket going to local charities and good causes.

Players have a 50 to one chance of winning one of the prizes, which range from the £25,000 jackpot to three extra tickets.

Good causes are encouraged to register for free as a beneficiary of the lottery.  To be eligible, good causes must operate within North Kesteven and be a charity, group with a constitution or set of rules, or a community interest company. They cannot be individuals, religious or political, or be profit-making.

For more details on buying tickets or registering as a good cause, please visit North Kesteven lottery.

The number of good causes and community groups benefiting from the North Kesteven Community Lottery is set to expand as a grants scheme is launched to spread the funding joy.

With approximately 500 people regularly playing the lottery, which directly benefits 69 groups and organisations signed up to promote and receive a share of ticket sales every week, a further sum has built up since the lottery’s launch in December 2021 specifically to benefit a broader range of good causes.

Funding will be targeted at organisations that deliver positive outcomes, supporting current and ongoing needs of people living in North Kesteven, ensuring their good health and wellbeing is maintained.  For example, projects could include, but are not limited to:

  • Reducing isolation and promoting cohesion
  • Maintaining good health and mental wellbeing
  • Promote connectivity (e.g. digital inclusion, peer support groups)
  • Community/cultural activities and events
  • Youth activities (including uniformed groups)


Grants are awarded up to a maximum of £500 per group. 

Priority will be given to smaller, local, volunteer led community groups requesting help to deliver projects and/or activities for and on behalf of the community.

For an application form and more information: 

Email, telephone 01529 305825, or download an application form from the Lincolnshire Community Foundation Grants page.

The closing date for applications is 31 March 2023.