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SHIRE Community Grants – Final Round Deadline: Monday 26th February 2018

Posted: Thu, 25 Jan 2018 10:00

An additional deadline for Leicestershire County Council's SHIRE Community Grant has been set for the 26th of February 2018.

Eligible organisations can apply for grants of up to £10,000 or smaller grants of up to £3,000 for community based projects and activities that achieve the following:

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

Please note, for this additional final grant round for 2017-18, applications for funding will only be accepted for capital projects which closely align to the existing grant criteria.

Capital projects could include; the purchase of equipment, tools, machinery, vehicles or improvements to a building, which are essential to the delivery of your project or activity.

Decisions on applications will be made in March 2018.

The amount of funding remaining in the grant budget is limited. Therefore we will only be able to award capital funding to those projects which most closely meet the grant eligibility criteria.

Where appropriate, any applications not approved for capital funding in this final round for 2017-18 will be considered in Round 1 of the 2018-19 SHIRE Grants programme, which is due to open in April 2018.

If you have a project idea you think may be eligible for capital funding, please contact: shiregrants@leics.gov.uk, before completing an online application form.

For more details about the SHIRE Community Grant, go to: www.leicestershirecommunities.org.uk/grants, or contact the Grant Officers:

Email: shiregrants@leics.gov.uk

Tel: (0116) 305 7269 or (0116) 305 7020

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The Building a Stronger Britain programme is now open

Posted: Tue, 16 Jan 2018 10:38

The Building a Stronger Britain programme is now open to applications.

Grants are available for project costs of up to £50,000.

The programme supports civil society and community organisations who work to create more resilient communities, stand up to extremism in all its forms and offer vulnerable individuals a positive alternative, regardless of race, faith, sexuality, age and gender.

The BSBT programme is a strand of the Government's Counter Extremism Strategy (October 2015) and they are looking for local projects that ultimately counter extremism and build stronger communities.

For further information on the BSBT application process please use the following web link, this also contains the online portal for application submissions to be made.


It is strongly recommended that groups who want to apply for this funding contact their local Counter Extremism Community Coordinator first.

Groups in Leicester, Leicestershire or Rutland with any queries about this programme should contact:

Ben Smith

Counter Extremism Community Coordinator

Email: ben.smith3@leicester.gov.uk

Tel: 07710 148722

This information is also held on the LLR Community Foundation website here: https://www.llrcommunityfoundation.org.uk/apply-for-funds/building-a-stronger-britain-together/

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Women's Vote Centenary Grant

Posted: Mon, 15 Jan 2018 11:13

Closing date for applications is 31st January 2018

Government Funding is now available to support local and community groups across England to celebrate the centenary of women gaining the right to vote.

Two grants are available:-

Small Grants of between £300 and £2,000 for grassroots projects to run small-scale events and activities

Large Grants of between £2,000 and £125,000 for projects that increase the understanding of and engagement with democracy and encourage women to participate in public life.

To find out more about the grant and how to apply visit www.womensvotecentenaryfund.co.uk for details.

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SHIRE Funding for Carers Projects Application Deadline Approaching

Posted: Fri, 12 Jan 2018 10:13

SHIRE Funding for Carers Projects 2017-18

A maximum one-off grant of up to £5,000 is available for community projects in the 2017-18 financial year, which can deliver activities to support carers with the following:

  • to feel less isolated and better supported
  • to enable them to continue to undertake caring responsibilities
  • to have a life outside of caring
  • to reduce incidences of carer breakdown
  • to enable carers to have a break from their caring responsibilities

The deadline for applications in the 2017-18 financial year is Wednesday 31st January 2018.

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Get involved in community kitchens in Leicestershire

Posted: Thu, 24 Aug 2017 11:25

Leicestershire County Council has received £20,000 from Sainsbury's to help tackle food waste across the county.

Investment was secured from the supermarket giants under its Waste less, Save more initiative, and the council is launching three community kitchens as part of a scheme to get people thinking about what food they throw away at home. The county council is looking for residents to take part in a free 10-week course, starting Monday, 4 September, designed for participants to use the facilities to eat and socialise together, while learning and sharing tips on how to reduce food waste and save money.

These will open in Earl Shilton, Barwell and Wykin. As well as urging people to sign up to the 10-week course, the county council is encouraging people to volunteer and keep the community kitchens running after the initial 10 week course, so that other people can participate and learn how to make the most of their food.

Councillor Pain added: "This is a vital role in helping to tackle food waste issues in the future.

"Volunteers will welcome new people to the kitchen, help to prepare and serve food, demonstrate how to store and freeze foods properly, help people to portion properly and reduce the amount of food that they waste in their homes, saving them money on their food bills."

Sainsbury's put out a nationwide call to communities to take part in the next phase of their Waste less, Save more campaign following a twelve-month trial in Swadlincote, Derbyshire last year.

The firm offered an overall grant pot of one million pounds to communities looking to provide innovative ways to help households cut food waste.

Paul Crewe, Sainsbury's head of sustainability, said: "We've learnt a huge amount as a result of our 12-month pilot and we are really excited to be rolling out the next phase of Waste less, Save more.

"We've learnt a lot about how we can help households waste less food and save money, but we're now casting our net wider to see what innovative ways communities up and down the country do to tackle food waste."

Anyone interested in volunteering or taking part in the 10-week course can email wasteprevention@leics.gov.uk or ring 0116 305 7005.

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SHIRE Grant Funding for Carers Projects

Posted: Tue, 18 Jul 2017 15:03

An opportunity has presented itself through Leicestershire County Council's Adults & Communities Department, to help community organisations in Leicestershire to provide support to carers.

Additional funding will be administered through the Council's existing SHIRE Community Grants programme, to enable more community-based support to be provided to carers.

A maximum one-off grant of up to £5,000 is available for community projects in the 2017-18 financial year

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East Midlands Funders Forum Bulletin

Posted: Tue, 11 Jul 2017 10:20

The June E Bulletin from East Midlands Funders Forum (EMFF) contains funding updates and other relevant information for the East Midlands

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SHIRE Climate Change Grant Launch

Posted: Thu, 18 May 2017 13:29

Leicestershire County Council's SHIRE Community Climate Change grants scheme has been re-launched for 2017-18.

Groups and organisations are being encouraged to apply to help them to reduce their carbon emissions by improving their community buildings.

The grant fund is for community projects in Leicestershire (not Leicester City or Rutland) that help to improve the energy efficiency of community buildings and make local environmental changes to help reduce carbon emissions.

Tags: Funding, Grants, Community Buildings, SHIRE Climate Change Grant

The Police and Crime Commissioner's Prevention Fund 2017/2018

Posted: Thu, 18 May 2017 08:54

The Police and Crime Commissioner's Prevention Fund recognises the important role local groups and third sector organisations play in reducing harm and helping vulnerable people to overcome their problems before they escalate into crime.

Lord Willy Bach has agreed to set aside £250,000 for 2017/2018 to support grassroots groups across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland which address the community safety goals outlined in his Police and Crime Plan. A further £250,000 will be available in 2018/2019.

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East Midlands Funders Forum News Bulletin

Posted: Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:14

The April E Bulletin from East Midlands Funders Forum (EMFF) contains funding updates and other relevant information for the East Midlands

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