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SHIRE Community Grants

The SHIRE Community Grant programme is now CLOSED for applications, as the deadlines for all four rounds of funding for 2018-19 have now passed.

Please keep returning to this page to hear details about the Grant Programme for 2019-20.

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 help to improve the lives of 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 specifically focused on supporting vulnerable and disadvantaged people and communities.

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

  • improve the lives, health and wellbeing of vulnerable and disadvantaged individuals and communities in Leicestershire
  • provide early intervention and prevention based solutions which help to reduce demand on Council and other public services
  • 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.

Applying for a SHIRE Community Grant

The online Application Form for the SHIRE Community Grant 2019-20 will be available here in April 2019.

Before applying, please ensure you have read the Guidance Notes. The Guidance Notes contain important details about the criteria for funding, along with the Council's process for awarding funds.

We have also produced a set of Frequently Asked Questions, which we would encourage you to read before applying.

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.

Application Deadlines 2019-20

The application deadlines for 2019-20 will appear here in April 2019

SHIRE Community Grants 2018-19 Launch Event

The SHIRE Grants Launch Event for 2018-19 was held on Monday 9th April 2018.

Presentations from the event can be seen here.

SHIRE Grants Q&A Session - April 2018

On 11th April 2018, Noel Singh (Funding Manager) took part in a SHIRE Grants Question and Answer session with Charnwood Borough Council.

The interview was broadcast live on Facebook, and a link to the recording can be seen here.

SHIRE Grant Projects 2018-19

A list of SHIRE Grant Projects awarded funding in 2018-19 can be seen below

SHIRE Grants Projects 2017-18

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

SHIRE Grants Projects 2016-17

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

Case Studies

Case Study examples of project which have been funded through SHIRE Grants can be seen here.

Strengthening Your Organisation

Noel Singh (LCC Funding Manager) delivered a workshop presentation on 'Strengthening Your Organisation' to a group of voluntary, community and social enterprise sector organisations, at Voluntary Action LeicesterShire's 'Future Focus' VCS Conference in September 2018. The workshop involved sharing and discussing top tips for VCSE organisations, to ensure they are successful in achieving their aims, as well as securing a financially sustainable future.

The slides from the presentation can be viewed here.

Further Support

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

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