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Lincolnshire Energy Switch Returns

The Lincolnshire Energy Switch scheme is back – so now you could also stand a chance of saving up to £300 on your annual gas and electricity bill. That’s how much some already hope to save having made the switch first time round. You could join the 1,000 households in Lincolnshire who look set to save an average of £167 on their energy bill.

Lincs Energy Switch web

If you missed out the first time, this is another opportunity to save money on home energy bills through the latest collective Lincolnshire Energy Switch Scheme (LESS). The scheme is easy to join. Before you register, find your energy bill as you will need your current tariff and energy consumption details. Then visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/switch and register your details. Alternatively you can call on 01529 301990 between 9am and 4.30pm, Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays).  Continue Reading →

Community Lincs Extends Training Provision

DolphinIn response to requests from local community groups and organisations Community Lincs has extended the range of Training modules it delivers.

Modules recently delivered have included Communications with an emphasis on making sure groups and organisations are being heard with a clear message and generating constructive feedback.
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Big Lottery Fund: Your Voice Our Vision

Big lottery FundFrom now until July, Big Lottery Fund are inviting people to add their voice to a UK-wide conversation to help them answer this question:

As an organisation that has recently had funding from us, you are in a unique position to contribute to the conversation. Your views will help us consider our role as a funder and help shape our vision and plans from 2015 to 2021. Continue Reading →

Lloyds Bank Foundation – Exciting New Grants Programme

LBFLaunched on 2nd April 2014, the Lloyds Bank Foundation’s new grant programmes – INVEST and ENABLE are now open for applications

The new funding programmes invest in charities supporting people to break out of disadvantage at critical points in their lives, and promote practical approaches to lasting change. Support will be adapted to the needs of small and medium sized charities (income between £25,000 and £1 million) that are committed to delivering work which breaks or prevents cycles of disadvantage. Continue Reading →

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United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust: What Are Your Views And Experiences?

The Care Quality Commission will be inspecting United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust on 29th April 2014.  The inspection team are keen to hear the evidence from local voluntary and community groups about the quality and safety of care at this hospital trust. You can send reports, peoples stories of care or other evidence your group holds about people’s care to hospitalinspections@cqc.org.uk or you can ring 03000 616161. Continue Reading →

The Dulverton Trust Fund

The Lincolnshire Community Foundation is pleased to be able to promote Dulverton Trust’s funding opportunity to community groups in Lincolnshire. The aim of the Dulverton Trust Fund is to support charitable activities addressing local needs throughout Norfolk, and the adjoining counties of Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Lincolnshire.

Funding Priorities will be given to causes directly matching Dulverton Trust’s existing priorities of: 

  • Youth Opportunities
  • General Welfare
  • Conservation and Preservation

Grants of between £500 and £5,000 are available and deadlines for receipt of applications are: 1 May, 1 September and 1 January in each year until 2017. Continue Reading →

Parish Councils Made Easy

noticeboard-jpgChanges to the way in which new parish councils can be created are on their way.

There are over 9,500 civil parishes across England, representing 37% of the population. The Government would like to extend this and wants to make it easier to set up a local council. This could be a parish, neighbourhood, community or town council.

The current process requires a Community Governance Review by a local authority. Sometimes parishioners will start this process by petitioning the local authority. On other occasions the local authority may choose to carry out a review.

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Another Competitive Oil Price For Members

daffodilsThe price secured for members of Community Lincs Oil Buying Scheme for March has been confirmed at a very competitive price of 51.35 pence per litre. This compares well against market and internet prices detailed below.

For more information about the scheme and how you could become a member to take advantage of these competitive prices please visit our Community Oil Buying Scheme website page. Continue Reading →

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Big Lottery Fund Reaching Communities – Success for Newtoft

Newtoft March 2014 1Newtoft have been successful in gaining funding for stage 2 of their application to Big Lottery’s Reaching Community Fund.

Newtoft is an Ex MoD village site – formally known as RAF Faldingworth before being de-commissioned in 1972. The entire married quarters was sold off in 1979. Newtoft is a very isolated village and has a population of 550, with 220 households. The decommissioning of the MoD site has created an area of high deprivation, leaving the community with no basic services or community facilities.  The only community space available to residents is a port-a-cabin building that houses the social club, this was erected many years ago and was always meant to be temporary. Access to the building is poor, the building is unfriendly, cold, poorly lit and in a general state of disrepair. The lack of a useful and appropriate meeting space coupled with minimal transport links and no access to services and shops increases the community’s isolation and impacts negatively on daily lives.

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