- Working alongside the University of Lincoln and donors, we’ve developed a bursary scheme to enable young people from the most deprived areas to access further and higher education, beginning with medical students due to begin their studies in the newly built Medical School.
- Following the Covid-19 outbreak, the Foundation distributed National Emergency Trust (NET) funding to frontline community charities, groups and organisations keeping our most vulnerable and isolated residents fed, connected, safe and alive.
- June 2020 saw the creation of a new working partnership with our neighbours, Cambridgeshire Community Foundation, to jointly allocate the Anglian Water Positive Difference Fund.
- The Foundation played a key role alongside local and national partners, in developing our first Place Based Fund in Gainsborough. This partnership is committed to achieving a sustainable, long term model of equitable finance through direct local action, which achieves meaningful, positive change. The plan aims to grow a social economy within Gainsborough that is vibrant, thriving and community led.
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Lincolnshire Community Foundation was founded in 2002 and is dedicated to serving the diverse county of Lincolnshire; delivering positive environmental/societal change and, most importantly, positive outcomes for people and places.
To date, we’ve distributed over £14M to over 4,000 charities, community groups and organisations throughout Greater Lincolnshire, with emphasis on small grants delivering a big difference. These grants have helped groups tackle issues such as child poverty, loneliness and isolation, food poverty, homelessness, access to services, addiction, unemployment and many other unique and individual needs that exist across Lincolnshire’s places.
These are some of our strategies and achievements over the years in more detail:
- Our volunteer panels continued to support the distribution of grants from the Humber to the Wash to over 250 individuals, groups and projects. Themes include agricultural education and support, eco and renewable energy, young people, grassroots and volunteer led projects, conservation and preservation fuel poverty, personal development.
- During the first year of Social Justice Fund, the panel allocated over £165,000 to 23 groups, awards ranged from £2,527 to £15,000.
- Our development team continued to help support clubs, groups and businesses to develop their services and become stronger and self-sustainable.
- We continue to support Joseph Banks Ltd, the headline tenant at Horncastle.
- In 2017, LCF were invited to manage the new #iwill fund: a two-year programme aimed at encouraging young people aged 10-20 to become socially active.
- LCF produced the Vital Signs report: the end product is a health check and needs analysis concentrating on key themes: Rural transport and access to services; health and wellbeing; work, education and learning; environment; arts, culture and heritage and social justice.
- Social Investment – our aim has been to influence lenders so they can extend their market, reaching smaller service providers. We continue to network with Big Society Capital, Access Foundation, Key Fund etc and are hopeful that we can be the conduit between the lenders and the smaller end of the market.
- At the end of April 2018, Gordon Hunter, Director at the Foundation since its inception, retired – Trustees (past and present) and staff remain indebted to his foresight, planning and innovation.
- Following the devastating floods in Wainfleet in 2019, LCF quickly engaged in local and national fundraising, ensuring emergency grants were awarded to those homes impacted in the town within weeks. Later that year, we were approached by Nottingham Community Foundation to manage their Emergency Flood Fund.
- In late 2019, LCF hosted a workshop for Staff, Trustees and stakeholders to reflect on achievements and (importantly) to plan for the future. These plans include a governance review to ensure the Board of Trustees are representative of the areas we support and have the skills and experience required to drive us forward, increase impact and be inclusive and diverse in an ever changing world.
- Property portfolio (community hubs) reaches £970,000 in 2012.
- We transformed ourselves from dependency, as government grant maker, to self-sufficiency.
- We applied for, and were awarded £510,000 to combat fuel poverty by the Department of Health through their “Warm Homes/Health People” initiative.
- By 2013, LCF had invested over £800,000 of National Lottery money to support people living at Grimsby Docks via the Fair Share programme.
- At the end of 2015 LCF has an asset valued of over £5.3M. We distributed over £870,000 to nearly 300 Lincolnshire groups via 14 different grant schemes.
- James Murphy led a small team of business planners, surveyors and designers, advising on renewables, flood resilience and the eco refurbishment of community hubs. He was also instrumental in acquiring and managing the Foundation’s Grade II William Garfit House, Boston, acquired with a generous loan from Lincolnshire County Council to be used as a community hub.
- We received over £2M in general and endowment donations, establishing the £1M Bishop of Lincoln’s Social Justice Fund.
- LCF acquires the Ruby Hunt Centre, a community hub in Donington in 2006 and raised £400,000 to refurbish this former GP’s surgery. By March 2006 the venue was opened as a multi-use centre for older people’s clubs, lunch clubs, mother and toddler groups and all sorts of community activities.
- Endowment fund reaches £500,000.
- Grants staff negotiated a contract to manage the Bicker Trust, a grants programme that promote renewable and efficient energy projects that will allocate circa £25,000 per year for 25 years.
- The Board adopted an Investment Management Policy and appointed advisors Money Minder to manage LCF investments.
- In January 2007 we acquired the Sir Joseph Banks Centre, four Georgian town houses refurbished to Lottery Heritage standards.
- James Murphy, a community architect, joined the Foundation as part of a Knowledge Transfer Partnership between the Diocese and Lincoln University to advise on optimising the use of buildings.
- Match Challenge Fund, offering 50% government top-up on all donations, with a £3M endowment target was launched in April 2008.
- European Grants Programme came to an end – the programme sponsored over 1,000 beneficiaries who shared £256,000 worth of grants across 36 projects.
- In 2009 LCF developed a new funding theme, Lincolnshire Agricultural & Rural Communities, a partnership between us, Lincolnshire Agricultural Society and the Rural Support Network. The scheme will convert dormant trust and other funds into effective support for the County’s rural communities.
- In 2008 LCF had completed the distribution of Local Network Funding and, in that time, we distributed over £3M. We supported over 10,000 children involved in over 200 projects.
- Lincolnshire Community Foundation was founded in February 2002.
- £480,000 spent on building community hubs
- In 2002, the Foundation bid for, and was offered, a contract with the Department for Education and Skills to manage the Local Network Fund (LNF) to combat child poverty.
- At the end of 2003, we held £548,000 in reserve and East Midlands Development Agency allocated £480,000 to enable us to attract match funding and promote vibrant communities and social enterprise.
- By 2004 our sponsor doubled the Local Network Fund contract we made grants worth over £400,000 to support children and young people.
- LCF was chosen to manage the Fair Share Trust, a £818,000 expendable endowment to be distributed over nine years to improve the lives of people living in East and West Marsh, Grimsby.
- In 2005 LNF has distributed over £1M and Catalyst reached £500,000. Progress towards sustainability was helped by successfully bidding for and managing a range of new programmes (micro grants, Comic Relief, Lincolnshire Enterprise and Big Lottery).