Everyone knows that money ‘makes the world go round’, but before that can happen, we have to somehow find the money!

Often, it seems impossible to know where to look for the various funding streams that are available – and that’s where we can help you.

In this section, we’ve outlined the funding available for commercial and community initiatives separately.

Community funding

InvestSK helps local community groups and organisations to access financial support. As well as actively looking for funding opportunities and income streams which might match up with local projects, our dedicated community funding specialist can help groups secure support from appropriate funding streams, including InvestSK’s own grant programmes.

Arts and Culture

Invest SK’s Creative Artists’ Small Grants Fund is designed to help both individuals and groups enhance their skills, develop performance opportunities, invest in specialist equipment or promote their activities more effectively in the local area.

Applications are now closed for this financial year.

Small grants fund for heritage

We’ve launched a Small Grants Fund to support constituted groups, charities, schools and places of worship to discover, interpret and preserve their heritage. The easy to access grants can fund inspiring events, heritage interpretation, research and feasibility studies, as well as heritage conservation.

Applications are now closed for this financial year.

Heritage Alive!

Our Heritage Alive! website features useful information about major heritage funding bodies, including:

  • National Lottery Heritage Fund
  • The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF)
  • The Wolfson Foundation
  • Church Care
  • Historic England

While it covers some of the major funders, the list is far from exhaustive. There are many other charities and foundations which provide grants for heritage restoration, conservation, interpretation, and engagement. The Heritage Alliance and the Architectural Heritage Fund maintain a directory of UK funders which includes many funding bodies. The Heritage Funding Directory is easily searchable, freely available and can be found online here.

Applications are now closed for this financial year.


2018 saw the launch of LotterySK, a fun and simple way for local community groups and charities across South Kesteven to raise money – and their profile. By registering as good causes, organisations receive a free page on the website, marketing support, and crucially 50% of the revenue from each ticket sold on their page. There are no admin charges and the money raised for each group goes directly into their bank account each month, with an additional 10% of the ticket price going into a general pot for South Kesteven.

South Kesteven Community Fund provides grants of up to £10,000 for community initiatives and up to £5,000 for community events. Applicants must demonstrate how their project or event will deliver wide benefit, contributing to the sustainability, vitality and well-being of South Kesteven’s communities.

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Access to Finance for Businesses

InvestSK can help you navigate the best route to finding grants, and put you in touch with relevant funding bodies. We’re able to identify the most appropriate funding streams for your business, which might include:

  • Grant and loan funds for new business (to help you start your business)
  • Grant and loan funds for Enterprise (to help you grow your business)
  • Equity finance
  • Debt finance
  • Proof of concept finance
  • Small business loans
  • Grants for employing an apprentice
  • Funding to provide skills support for the workforce
  • Innovation funding

You can capitalise on our longstanding relationships with fund managers at a range of organisations, as we broker you the best option for your needs. These include:

Pamela and Lance Merryweather, Teaspoon Tea Company

Town Centre Investment Fund

InvestSK’s ‘Town Centre Investment Fund’ is designed to facilitate growth on South Kesteven’s high streets by supporting companies looking to grow their businesses into vacant town centre units in Grantham, Stamford, Market Deeping and Bourne.


Up to £10,000 is available to help applicants with the capital costs associated with their move. To be eligible, businesses must create new jobs locally and have an offer that adds value to South Kesteven’s town centres.


This grant fund – made available by South Kesteven District Council – will not only support businesses to grow but is a very practical response to increase the vibrancy of our town centres and high streets.

Applications have now closed for this financial year.

Contact Us

Want to talk? Call us, send an email or fill in our contact form and we’ll get straight back to you.

InvestSK, St Peter’s Hill, Grantham, NG31 6PZ

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