Lincolnshire Community Foundation is making funds available from National Emergencies Trust Appeal to enable charities, community groups and organisations recruit, train and/or retain volunteers.
Not for profit groups, including those non constituted groups (provided they have a sponsor such as a Parish or Town Council) can apply for up to £2,500.00 to cover recruitment, overheads, volunteer expenses, training costs, IT management systems etc that will make it easier to manage new volunteers and/or retain existing ones. The intention may be for volunteers to continue offer local support, or to ensure they are in place in the event of a second wave of Covid-19 or other crisis.
The community response to Covid-19 has been nothing short of astounding, where whole neighbourhoods were galvanized into action, offering immediate support to those who were vulnerable or self isolating. This selfless action has undoubtedly saved lives and the aim is harness this energy and build upon it.
Eligibility: Not for profit volunteer led groups, social enterprises, community interest companies that have a governing document, accounts, bank account and relevant policies and procedures. Non constituted groups can apply, provided by have a sponsor (another local established organisation that will purse hold on their behalf). Foundation staff can give advice about these matters if required.
The fund is targeted at smaller, grassroots not for profit groups. Infrastructure organisations can apply, but should be able to demonstrate additionality, rather than it being a request to undertake core work.
The closing date for receipt of completed applications is on 21 August 2020. To obtain an Application Form or to chat about your project, please contact Sue Fortune on 01529 305825 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sue Fortune, CEO with the Foundation says:- “We’ve listened to feedback from Local Resilience Forum members and other partners about the importance of retaining vital volunteer support and have launched a fund that will support the cost of recruiting and retaining volunteers across the County.
” Grants staff are here to help at every stage and we would urge interested groups, particularly those who aren’t constituted, to get in touch”.