Bishop of Lincoln launches £1 million social justice fund for Lincolnshire

A £1 million fund for community projects in Lincolnshire has been set up by the Bishop of Lincoln.

The Right Reverend Christopher Lowson launched the Bishop of Lincoln’s Social Justice Fund at the Holy Trinity Centre in Louth on June 1.

The Diocese of Lincoln has joined forces with Lincolnshire Community Foundation to create the fund, which aims to help people in the county enjoy equal social rights and opportunities.

The fund is made up of £667,000 from the Diocese of Lincoln historic assets, and £333,000 from the government in a match-funded scheme.

It is managed by an independent trust with seven trustees (four appointed by the diocese of Lincoln, and three appointed by the Lincolnshire Community Foundation).

The fund will be available to groups that are:

  • Churches involved in social justice work
  • Voluntary or community organisations, preferably with links to a local church community
  • Locally run and managed branches of larger regional or national organisations

The panel, made up of community activists, representatives from the diocese and representatives from the foundation, will sit four times a year to consider applications.

The closing dates are September 14 2015, December 1 2015, March 1 2016 and June 1 2016.

Payments will be made in advance, and funds are to be spent within a year of receipt (unless otherwise agreed).

To apply for the scheme, community projects can contact Sue Fortune at Lincolnshire Community Foundation on 01529 305825 or email sue.lincolnshire@btconnect.com.