Grants and Community Projects

Oxcombe Pottery

The Lincolnshire Wolds AONB is sparsely populated, with small settlements and many isolated farmsteads. However, the activity that many of these communities undertake is vital in protecting and enhancing their own environment and the wider landscape.
The Lincolnshire Wolds Countryside Service work with communities on numerous projects, including landscape and conservation improvements, local business ventures and information provision. Basically, any community within the AONB can contact us for assistance, guidance and help in funding opportunities for projects that can improve their environment and we will help and assist wherever possible.  During 2020/21, we are running three schemes; The Small Grant Scheme (SGS) has a maximum amount available of £1,000, the Sustainable Development Fund (SDF) is for applications between £1,000 and £10,000 and the Wolds Wildlife Grant (WWG) is for applications to fund biodiversity projects and schemes between £1,000 and £10,000.

All projects must be completed, with the paperwork signed off, by 21st February in order to meet the end of financial year deadlines.

The Lincolnshire Wolds Countryside Service team are currently working from home but please contact us via 01522 555780 and we will get back to you.

PLEASE NOTE – we can only accept applications with written quotes and that have been signed by the applicant.

SDF Guidelines 

SDF Application Form 

SGS Guidelines 

 SGS Application Form 

 WW Guidelines

WW Application Form

Post & Pantry, Donington on Bain

Here are just a few successful projects supported by the SGS:

  • Historic building work – the restoration of a key carved feature on Tealby School, with its Latin motto inscribed in local stone.
  • Crafty enterprise – the provision of a new storage facility at a local craft workshop, along with outdoor seating for craft enthusiasts.
  • Henry Winn Project – assistance to produce an interpretation board about Henry Winn, a Victorian notable writer, poet, grocer and parish clerk in Fulletby.
  • Biodiversity benefits – Hedging restoration and creation, wetland and ditching works, along with fencing of old meadows to allow grazing by rare breed sheep were also undertaken in conjunction between the landowners and the LWCS. These small schemes help create and maintain important habitat features in the wider landscape, bringing real benefit to farmland biodiversity.
  • Teaching Trees – help was given to the Royal Forestry Society in getting primary schools out to local woodland for learning opportunities.
  • Brookenby Community Arts Project – a Group of 20 8-18 year olds took part in art workshops to create sculptures celebrating their village's heritage.

Some successful projects supported by the SDF are:

  • Interpreting the Landscape –interpretation panels updated and replaced across the Wolds, with new artwork and information.
  • Ludford & District Playing Fields Association – green oak benches, new walk leaflet and an accompanying  interpretation panel has been completed, improving the village hall setting as a base to explore the Viking Way.

Ludford seating

  • Hemingby Ancient and Modern – A Village History – the history group of Hemingby, through involvement with the Down Your Wold Project, were approached to update a previously published history book of the parish. They decided to dig deeper to uncover more information and undertake further integrated research within the village and parish. The resulting local history book will be launched during the spring of 2016.
  • Watering Belchford – the provision of water supply to three grass fields within the village to service a series of water troughs. This joint project between the landowner, LWCS and Natural England has ensured the sustainable grazing by both cattle and sheep of these important fields which also contain historic features.  
  • Down Your Wold Community Group Projects – a series of events, surveys and talks undertaken, many by volunteers, across a range of the community groups supported by the Down Your Wold community heritage project.
  • 6 Acre Woodland – the overgrown outdoor are at Lady Jane Franklin School at Spilsby has had a total overhaul, staff and students creating a grassed area of native wild grass and flowers, a sensory garden and pond that has helped create a vital teaching resource for the school.

There's a whole lot more grant giving bodies out there – check out the Funding Portal for the most up-to-date information on business and community grants

Lincolnshire Funding Portal

Another useful website to search for grants and funding available in Lincolnshire is


Lincolnshire Local Funding Matrix

 Walesby Interpretation Panel

 Charcoal produced in the Lincolnshire Wolds

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