The Leicestershire Communities Fund has provided over £1.5million in grant funding to support the work of a range of charities, community groups and social enterprises, enabling them to continue to deliver vital services, despite the inevitable impact of the Coronavirus pandemic.
In 2020, the Communities Fund has awarded 220 grants to community-based organisations across the county, which has helped people in our communities to access essential support, including food, medication and other provisions, along with support to help promote and maintain positive mental health and wellbeing during the pandemic.
The Communities Fund has also provided a lifeline for many community sector organisations to manage the financial impacts of the pandemic, by making funding available for staffing costs, equipment and resources, as well as overheads/running costs, which has helped to mitigate the impacts of losses in income experienced by many community sector organisations.
Leicestershire County Council is incredibly proud of what has been achieved through this investment, which helps to demonstrate our commitment to supporting voluntary and community sector organisations to continue delivering important services for some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people in our communities.
Leicestershire County Council launched Round 3 of the Communities Fund on 2nd December 2020.
A total of £600,000 is being made available in Round 3 of the Leicestershire Communities Fund for a limited period of time (until 22nd January 2021), for voluntary and community sector organisations to continue to provide essential services for vulnerable people and communities in Leicestershire.
The funding can also be used for community-based organisations to develop new and innovative ways of working, to help deliver services for vulnerable people more effectively now and in the future.
Details of how to apply can be seen on the Communities Fund Round 3 page of the website.
Projects Awarded Funding in Rounds 1 and 2
Details of the organisations who were awarded funding in Rounds 1 and 2 of the grant scheme can be seen below.
List of Successful Projects Round 1 (PDF, 227 Kb)
A list of projects that were successful in receiving funding from the Leicestershire Communities Fund Round 1
List of Successful Projects Round 2 (PDF, 191 Kb)
A list of projects that were successful in receiving funding from the Leicestershire Communities Fund Round 2
Outcomes and Impact Report - November 2020
Report highlighting the key outcomes, impacts and achievements of the Communities Fund.
End of Project Report Form
This form needs to be completed by all organisations who have received funding through the Communities Fund, at the end of the period of funding. If you have any questions regarding completion of this form, please contact your grant monitoring officer, or email: LeicestershireCommunities@leics.gov.uk
Please note that the online form cannot be saved part way through. The Word version, available below will enable you to draft your report and share it with others before completing the online form.
Case Study examples of projects who have been successfully awarded funding from the Leicestershire Communities Fund can be seen below.