Community funding and volunteering

Find out about how to apply for our Community Fund and volunteering opportunities in South Kesteven.


Community Fund

Charities, good causes and community organisations provide an invaluable service across our district every day and South Kesteven District Council is keen to support the excellent work they do.

In 2016 SKDC announced the creation of a £300,000 Community Fund to enable local causes to apply for grants that offer financial assistance of between £200 and £10,000 to local projects that benefit the district's residents.

Example projects include provision of outdoor facilities, work to community buildings, enterprise projects, events and new organisations and social enterprises that support communities in the district.

Up to a maximum of 80 per cent of the total costs of a project or scheme can be applied for. The other 20 per cent must be contributed from elsewhere, of which 10 per cent can be from 'in-kind' volunteering or materials.


In September 2018 SKDC will be launching a new local lottery called LotterySK, which will help raise money for local charities and good causes. From each £1 ticket, 60 pence will be donated to good causes; twice the amount of the National Lottery.

Money from each ticket will help support the Community Fund. If the ticket buyer wishes to donate to a particular good cause or charity, 50 pence will be donated and 10 pence will go to the Fund. Alternatively, ticket buyers can opt for all 60 pence to go to the Fund to be distributed in the usual way.

How to apply

The SKDC Community Fund is kindly administered on behalf of South Kesteven District Council by the Lincolnshire Community Voluntary Service (LCVS).

For more information about eligibility and for help with the application process, please click here to be redirected to the LCVS website.


We sometimes have opportunities for volunteers in our community leisure projects. For further information, please submit an enquiry >>

For further information on volunteering opportunities in the area or if you are a voluntary organisation seeking more volunteers or support please visit:

Image 1 caption: A grant of £3,600 from SKDC's Community Fund helped pay for a new kitchen at Grantham's Alive Church. Pictured in the kitchen are, left to right, Pastor Jonas Eyles, SKDC Cabinet Member for Housing Nick Neilson, chef Julia Sturley and church volunteer Alison Allenby.

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 Image 2 caption: Claypole Parish Council received two £10,000 grants towards different phases of a new Community Park. The SKDC Cabinet Member for Communities, Health, Well-being and Skills, Cllr Jacky Smith, is pictured in the park with parish council vice-chairman John Freeman.

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 Image 3 caption: A project to repair the roof of the All Saints' and St John's Centre in Stamford received £10,000 from the Community Fund. Pictured on the roof are, left to right, Mayor of Stamford Max Sawyer, volunteer business manager Rebecca Goff and Cllr Mike Exton. Picture: Rutland and Stamford Mercury.

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