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SHIRE Community Grant 2017 -18

The SHIRE Community Grant programme for 2017-18 is now OPEN.

To help deliver the priorities of Leicestershire County Council's Communities Strategy, the SHIRE Community Grant programme will enable voluntary and community sector organisations (including social enterprises and Town/Parish Councils) to deliver community-based projects, services and activities which directly benefit the most vulnerable people in Leicestershire.

Eligible organisations will be able to access grants of up to £10,000 and/or smaller grants of up to £3,000 for community based projects and activities that are focused on supporting vulnerable/disadvantaged people and communities.

We are particularly interested in funding new and innovative projects that will:

  • support the most vulnerable individuals and communities in Leicestershire
  • provide early intervention and prevention based solutions
  • complement existing services already being delivered

To help you to ensure your project is likely to be eligible for funding, please have a read through the Proposal Form, particularly focussing on the 8 questions at the bottom of Page 1 of the document.

Once you have read through this document, and you think your project will be eligible for funding, please contact the Grant Officers to discuss your project proposal in more detail. The Grant Officers will provide further advice, before asking you to complete an online application form.

Application Process & Guidance Notes

Before completing the online Application Form, please read the Guidance Notes carefully. The Guidance Notes contain important details about the criteria for funding, along with the Council's process for awarding funds. Please ensure you have contacted the Grant Officers before submitting your application to confirm that, in principle, your project is eligible. If you have any queries about the grant fund criteria or process, or if you would like to request an electronic or paper copy of the Guidance Notes, please call the Grants Officers on (0116) 305 7269 / 305 7020, or email: shiregrants@leics.gov.uk.

Apply for a SHIRE Community Grant

The application form for the SHIRE Community Grant needs to be completed using the online Application Form.

Application Deadlines

Although applications can be received at any time, the SHIRE Grants programme will operate a series of bi-monthly deadlines and decision meetings. The deadlines for the 2017-18 are outlined below:

Deadlines for applications

Decisions to be communicated to applicants by:

Monday 22nd May 2017

Mid-June 2017

Monday 31st July 2017

Mid-Late August 2017

Monday 25th September 2017

Mid October 2017

Monday 27th November 2017

Mid-December 2017

Funding for Carers Projects

If you are looking to deliver a project which specifically supports carers/people with caring responsibilities, there is additional funding available to support such activities. You can find out more about the types of projects we are interested in funding here. Please note that you can apply for a grant of up to £5,000 to deliver a project to support carers.

A list of projects awarded funding in Round 1 of the SHIRE Community Grants Programme in 2017-18 can be seen here.

A list of projects awarded funding in 2016-17 is available to download here.

Examples of some of the successful projects that have been supported through SHIRE Community Grants can be seen here

This section provides further information about grants and funding opportunities, along with other support for your community organisation.

The SHIRE Community Grant 2017-18 Launch Event was held on Monday 13th March 2017 at County Hall.

The event included details about the Council's Communities Strategy, details about the SHIRE Grant 2017-18 and presentations from previous grant recipients.

You can download the presentations from the event along with notes from the table discussions here.

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