THE Bishop of Lincoln, the Rt Revd Christopher Lowson, launched
a £1-million social justice fund on Monday, inviting local
organisations to bid for a share of the pot to "transform lives" in
"We want to help build fair, just, sharing communities for
people living in greater Lincolnshire," he said. "Our aim is to
make life more comfortable, and ease distress and isolation for
those most in need."
Two-thirds of the fund has been provided by the diocese of
Lincoln, and the remaining third by the Government. Grant awards
will range between £5000 and £25,000, and will be awarded by a
panel of seven independent trustees, who will sit four times a
On Tuesday, Bishop Lowson said that he was "anxious not to fill
in funding gaps that were hitherto funded by the council because of
government cuts", but hoped to fund "new work at the local level:
low-scale, bottom-up projects . . .
"I hope we receive not just bids from the usual suspects, but
try to encourage those parts of dioceses that have not thought
about this to broaden their imagination and think about what they
might do to serve their communities better."
The launch on Monday took place at the Holy Trinity Centre in
Louth, home to the Be a Friend scheme, which matches lonely and
vulnerable adults with befrienders, and is hoping to receive a
"The fund recognises the need for growth and development of
mission activities across the diocese," the Rector of St Mary's,
Fotherby, the Revd Susan Allison, said. She is part of the
management team for Be a Friend. "It will encourage com-munities to
share good practice and facilitate growth across the diocese."
Also due to be launched is a transformation fund of £4 million,
to "increase our capacity to do evangelism and mission".
The Bishop's fund covers the greater Lincolnshire area. The
closing dates for applications are 14 September and 1 December
2015, and 1 March and 1 June 2016.