Coronavirus: Support for Voluntary & Community Sector and Parish Councils

Latest advice and information to support the Voluntary & Community Sector and Parish Councils during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Last updated: 26 January 2021, 12:30

As part of our work responding to the Coronavirus pandemic we are actively supporting our voluntary and community sector. We recognise that many community organisations, charities and parish councils will be playing a key role in supporting people during the pandemic.

On this page we will provide the latest updates and details about support that organisations can access.

Are you providing support/help to people?
Make sure you have registered your group’s activities

The Lincolnshire Resilience Forum is maintaining a database of all activities being delivered by community groups, charities and councils to support people. This information is used by our West Lindsey Community Hub to direct calls for help to the most appropriate local group.

If you are delivering any activity in your community to support people during the pandemic please register this with the Lincolnshire Resilience Forum. Please send details of what support you are or can provide including area of operation and how we can contact you. We cannot pass tasks on to any group which hasn’t registered.

Thank you to all groups that have already registered.

Grants and Funding

West Lindsey COVID-19 Community Fund

We have launched a COVID-19 Community Fund to provide grants to organisations delivering support to vulnerable people in our district. Grants of between £250 and £5,000 are available.

For more information and to apply visit:

Lincolnshire COVID-19 Community Response Fund

Funding allocated from DEFRA to Lincolnshire County Council and distributed by Lincolnshire Community Foundation to support existing and emerging community groups, charities and organisations across Lincolnshire to enable them to respond to hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

For more information and to apply visit:

Other COVID-19 Grants and Funding

Other national funders are providing grants, funding and loans to support community organisations, charities and social enterprises during the pandemic.

For a list of other funding available visit:

How People Can Volunteer

Voluntary Centre Services are providing up to date information on volunteering opportunities across Lincoln, North Kesteven and West Lindsey.


Here are some key routes for people looking to volunteer their time to help:

Lincolnshire Resilience Forum

Volunteers can register with the Lincolnshire Resilience Forum. Details can then be shared to put you in touch with a local group or provide tasks directly to you for people needing help in your area.

For more information and to register as a volunteer visit:

NHS Volunteering

NHS Volunteer Responders has been set up to support the NHS and help the 1.5m people in England who are at most risk from the virus to stay well.

For more information and to register as a volunteer visit:

British Red Cross Emergency Reserves

Emergency and community based volunteer roles to support people in need.

For more information and to register as a volunteer visit:


If you need any further guidance about anything listed on this page please contact the Communities Team at