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SHIRE Community Grant 2018 -19

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.

Apply for a SHIRE Community Grant

The online Application Form for the SHIRE Community Grant 2018-19 is available here.

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 2018-19

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 2018-19 are outlined below:

Deadlines for applications

Decisions to be communicated to applicants by:

Monday 14th May 2018

Mid-June 2018

Monday 9th July 2018

Mid-August 2018

Monday 10th September 2018

Mid-October 2018

Monday 12th November 2018

December 2018/January 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

SHIRE Grant Projects awarded funding in 2018-19 can be seen below:

Round 1 2018-19

Round 2 2018-19

Round 3 2018-19

SHIRE Grants Projects 2017-18

A list of projects awarded funding from 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.

Case Studies

Examples of some of the successful projects that have been supported through SHIRE Community 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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