Silver Spirit

Get your community involved in 2012

Bring older age communities together to celebrate health and wellbeing in later life.

Silver Spirit is an initiative which offers £300 to local groups to run a local Olympic-themed event or add a 2012 slant to develop existing projects across the county.

Running from May 2011 until September 2012, Silver Spirit aims to improve the health and wellbeing of people aged 50+, drawing a sense of pride and encouraging communities to come together through physical activity or social interaction.

  • Up to £300 can be applied for per group with no restrictions on how to spend it
  • No constitution or membership is required, so any community group can apply
  • At least two signatures are required on the application form
  • 80% of beneficiaries must be aged 50+
  • Spend the money all at once, or spread it over a year
  • Short application form that is easy to complete
  • Find out within two weeks if you have been successful and get started straight away
  • Support from the Lincolnshire Sports Partnership to promote your project
  • All the money must be spent by September 2012
  • Be included in the Lincolnshire Sports Partnership 2012 Scrapbook
  • Feel part of London 2012 by bringing the Olympic and Paralympic Games to your community
  • Deadline for last round of funding is 30th April 2012

Over £12,500 has been awarded to 70 projects throughout Lincolnshire.

The final deadline for Silver Spirit was 30th April 2012, and unfortunately there are no more funding pots under Silver Spirit at this time. For more funding pots, please visit our Funding page.

Some of the Silver Spirit projects that have been awarded funding:

Donington free Health Walks has been awarded £110 of grant funding to support their Olympic-themed festival in Donington on Tuesday 3rd April 2012. There will be a parade of walkers carrying flags from countries competing in the games, followed by international food and a quiz at the Ruby Hunt Centre.

St. Thomas Walking Group has been awarded £187 of grant funding to support their Olympic-themed activity day in July 2012. There will be a quiz, Olympic history, games and all this will be followed by the group watching the ceremony live on a big screen at Mayfields Sheltered Housing Unit.

Langrick and Brothertoft Derby and Joan Club has been awarded £225 of grant funding to run 10 weeks of gentle fitness sessions on Tuesday mornings. The money will be used to buy some equipment, and the classes will be taught by a professional teacher.

Age UK Swineshead has been awarded £75 of grant funding to run an Olympic day at their day centre in July 2012. The money will be used to buy craft materials and enjoy a day of activities together.

North Hykeham Town Council has been awarded £125 of grant funding to support their Olympic and Diamond Jubilee event on June 5th 2012. The money will be used to support the costs of a large carnival that welcomes all members of the community to come and join in with the activities on the day.

Age UK Lincoln Park Street Activity Centre has been awarded £150 of grant funding to support their Olympic-themed New Age Kurling Group. The money will be used to buy more equipment for the well-established members, so they can run competitions and welcome new members.

Heath U3A has been awarded £136 of grant funding to support their New Age Kurling group. The money will be used to support the costs of a large carnival that welcomes all members of the community to come and join in with the activities on the day.

Lincoln Rowing Centre has been awarded £150 of grant funding to support their new campaign to get more people aged 50+ into rowing. There will be taster sessions on Spa Road in Lincoln on 14th April suitable for beginners.

Sustrans has been awarded £187 of grant funding to run a marathon length bike ride open to anyone on 20th May 2012. The 26 mile route will be all off road, starting at Brayford Pool in Lincoln

Skellingthorpe Keep Fit Club has been awarded £156 of grant funding to challenge members to learn an Olympic opening ceremony dance routine in their classes.

Bassingham and District WI has been awarded £72 of grant funding to buy some indoor bowls. The group will share the equipment with surrounding villages and welcome new members to join them in learning how to play.

Walk Well, part of West Lindsey Health Walks, has been awarded funding to support their mini Olympic games in Richmond Park in Gainsborough during May 2012.

Crowland Town New Age Kurling Club has been awarded £50 of grant funding to run a New Age Kurling Competition with St. Raphel (a group for people with disabilities).

Spalding and District Branch Parkinson’s Unit has been awarded £217 of grant funding to run 6 sessions of gentle fitness classes. The money will help pay for hall hire as well as a celebration party for their members.

Spalding Community and Tenants Group has been awarded £100 of grant funding to make an Olympic-themed raised bed flower garden, as well as run a craft and activity afternoon. This will be followed by a BBQ and small party for its residents in late June 2012.