Shine Lincolnshire

Historic Funding

Shine Lincolnshire manages funding on Behalf of Lincolnshire County Council and the Integrated Care Board for Lincolnshire. The funding aims to support people’s mental health at a grass roots, community level to prevent crisis escalation. This is because we know that communities know each other best and are often best suited to looking after one another.

Since 2021 Shine Lincolnshire has supported over 100 organisations across Lincolnshire and continues to support many more to deliver projects that aim to support the wellbeing of local communities.

Community Asset Development Fund

A fundamental aspect of the Mental Health Transformation Strategy for Lincolnshire is to support people to live independently in their own homes and communities. 

By providing access to a range of activities and services within the community that promotes outcomes which in turn support recovery and good mental health; this would contribute to generally improved health, wellbeing, independence, and choice for people with a mental illness, including serious mental illness.  This involves working alongside people with lived experience and partner agencies to ensure unbiased access to community support services across the County and developing Community Assets to provide a wide range of activities and service for Social Prescribers to ‘tap into’.

As of March 2023, The Community Asset Development Funding has merged with the Managed Care Network Funding and to form the Mental Health and Wellbeing Community Investment Fund and has ceased to exist. 

To find out more about the historic projects funded through this fund, please click the button below. 

The Managed Care Network Fund

The Managed Care Network is an alliance of County-wide community groups and organisations delivering a variety of support activities, services and projects which provide people with structure and choice in their lives contributing to individuals’ emotional wellbeing within their own community.

The Mental Health Promotion Fund that underpins this network is a partnership which has historically been provided by Lincolnshire County Council and Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LPFT). The management of the network was handed over from LPFT to Shine Lincolnshire to for the 2021/22 wave 11.

The funding aimed to support people to live well and independently in their own homes and communities with access to a range of activities and services that promote outcomes including:

  • reduced social isolation
  • contributing to mental health recovery
  • contributing to positive mental health and resilience
  • contributing to improved health and wellbeing
  • supporting with signposting to other relevant services
  • providing choice for people with a mental illness including serious mental illness
  • supporting with independence
  • making new social connections
  • learning new skills
To find out more about the historic projects funded through this fund, please click the button below. 

The Mental Health and Wellbeing Community Investment Fund

In 2022 the Mental Health & Wellbeing Community Investment Fund was launched following agreement with Lincolnshire partners as part of the Community Mental Health Transformation Programme. The fund brings together the Community Asset Development Allocation and the Managed Care Network mental health funding.

This funding was available to all third sector and VCSE organisations with the overarching aims that the fund would:

  • Support growth and innovation of VCSE organisations to deliver projects for the benefit of those experiencing a mental illness or wellbeing need.
  • Support smaller grass roots organisations to deliver and test out innovative ideas in response to local population need.
  • Further support the growth and sustainability of partner organisations to ensure the collective development of a mental health, learning disability, and autism informed society and workforce.
  • Ensure that all funding is aligned to clear objectives, able to evidence and demonstrate impact and delivery that is of benefit to the Lincolnshire population which they serve and does not duplicate other funding streams.

The fund itself was split into two pots, Innovation and Sustainability.

The Sustainability Fund opens on an annual basis with the allocation of funding for each individual project gradually decreasing by pre-determined proportions over a period of 3 years.

The Innovation Fund enables organisations to apply for smaller grants from  for a maximum of 12 months, to pilot new and innovative ideas in their communities before seeking, if appropriate, to apply to the Sustainability Fund.

Suicide Prevention Innovation Wave One

October 2020 saw a publication from Lincolnshire County Council documenting a suicide prevention strategy, co-produced alongside people with lived experience to reach out and save lives. The vision is to recognise and support that Lincolnshire is a place where suicide is not considered as an option and people will continue to have hope.

Between 2016 – 2018 there were sadly 156 male suicides between the ages of 25 and 59 years. Men were identified within a high-risk group and therefore became the focus for this project. Suicide Prevention Innovation Funding was secured from NHS England and Shine were awarded the task of managing the project across Lincolnshire.

The aim was for community organisations who work directly with men in supporting mental health, to apply for grants up to £10,000 to support and strengthen their organisation.

The Suicide Prevention Fund aim:

  • To support males
  • Reduce self-harm and suicide with at risk males
  • Support through peer support/people with lived experience
  • Provide safe places and opportunities for males to talk
  • Raise awareness
  • Equip with the tools for self-help and sufficiency

Across Lincolnshire there were 28 applications for innovative community-based projects and from that, 14 were awarded grants in the first wave of funding for 2020-21.

Suicide Prevention Innovation Wave Two

October 2020 saw the publication of Lincolnshire County Council’s suicide prevention strategy. This has been developed on a multi-agency basis and co-produced alongside people with lived experience to reach out and save lives. The vision is to recognise and support the aim that Lincolnshire is a place where suicide is not considered as an option and people will continue to have hope.

Suicide Prevention Innovation Funding was secured from NHS England and Shine Lincolnshire launched the wave 1 Investment Programme for Suicide Prevention across the County, with a focus on men at risk of suicide aged 25 to 59. The Investment Programme was £130,000 aimed at community organisation’s who work directly with men in supporting mental health, to apply for grants up to £10,000 to support and strengthen their organisations and their offer to men at risk of suicide.

Following on from the success of wave 1 of the funding, wave 2 of the Suicide Prevention Programme was launched with a further £130,000 investment. This Programme is not age specific and will have a focus on supporting people 18+ and being innovative and creative with ideas and developments that promote healthy lifestyles, reduces self-harm, suicides, and raises awareness. The fund saw 25 applications with 12 successful projects being awarded funding.

To find out more about the historic projects funded through this fund, please click the button below.