Funding & Related Support for Community Organisations
This section of the website provides a range of support, information and resources related to Grants and Funding.
Information provided here includes a series of Funding Bulletins, from a range of funders, along with details of support provided to voluntary and community sector groups, charities and social enterprises, by other relevant organisations.
Information about grants and funding sources specifically related to the Coronavirus pandemic can be seen here.
Leicestershire County Council has established a £1m fund to support the local voluntary and community sector, during the current Coronavirus pandemic.
Charities, constituted voluntary and community organisations and social enterprises can apply for a maximum of £25,000 for support with the following activities:
- Support for core organisational running costs, for organisations who have experienced a loss of income due to services closing or operating at a reduced level and where this may lead to the permanent closure of the organisation
- Additional staffing capacity required to meet existing/current or increased demand for services, to support vulnerable people during the crisis
- The need to rapidly adapt current service delivery models to maintain contact with service users
- Funding for essential capital equipment such as ICT equipment, safety equipment e.g. PPE. or any other essential equipment
- Funding for use of vehicles, transport, fuel etc. to enable visits to service users
- Funding for increased expenses costs such as reimbursing travel costs for staff/volunteers who need to visit service users, if it safe to do so, in their home or in other locations.
- Anything else deemed acceptable in relation to the criteria for the Fund
You can apply for a grant here.
Please complete the online application form to tell us how much funding you are requesting and what the funding will be used for.
Please note the funding can only be offered to voluntary and community sector organisations to help them to support vulnerable people in Leicestershire, due to the impacts of the current Coronavirus pandemic.
The maximum amount you can apply for is £25,000.
If you have any queries regarding the Leicestershire Communities Fund, please email: LeicestershireCommunities@leics.gov.uk
LCC Monthly Funding Information Bulletins
Funding & Grants Information Bulletins are produced by Leicestershire County Council, on a monthly basis, using information from a range of sources.
Bulletins will include funding opportunities which are mainly for the benefit of not-for-profit community organisations, charities and social enterprises.
However, some of the information will also be relevant for local authorities and other organisations, such as academic institutions.
You can find the current, and previous Monthly Funding Bulletins below.
The Funding Toolkit contains details of thousands of local, regional and national funding opportunities for not-for-profit organisations operating in Leicestershire.
The website is free-to-use, and requires you to complete a simple one-off registration form to enable you to use the website.
Once you have registered as a user on the website, you will be able to benefit from the following:
- Access to a range of grants and funding opportunities
- Information about national funding available, along with funding available from trusts and foundations
- A series of pages dedicated to local funding opportunities
- Opportunities to undertake targeted funding searches and the ability to save the details of each search
- A weekly email bulletin with details of new funding opportunities
If you would like to register as a user of the Funding Toolkit, please go to the website.
Online Funding & Information Resources
Funding Central is another national grants and funding website.
The Directory of Social Change manage the Funds Online website (subscription required).
Melton Borough Council has compiled a very useful source of funding organisations
Leicestershire & Rutland Community Foundation run a number of grant programmes for not-for-profit organisations operating in Leicestershire. You can see a list of current funds administered by the Community Foundation here.
Leicestershire & Rutland Sport can provide advice and support for sports clubs and groups to help identify appropriate sources of funding and additional support. L&R Sport also have a Funding Finder toolkit on their website, with details of funding opportunities for sports and related related activities and projects.
Additional Sources of Funding
Leicestershire County Council produces a document with information and details of a range of grants and funding opportunities, which can be seen in the Additional Sources of Funding November 2019 PDF.
This document is updated by the Council's Grants Officers on a regular basis.
Additional Sources of Funding November 2019 (PDF, 428 Kb)
East Midlands Funding Forum - Funding Bulletins
The East Midlands Funding Forum (EMFF) provides a monthly e-bulletin on sources of funding and other useful information for the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector (VCSE).
EMFF e-bulletin April 2020 (PDF, 303 Kb)
Support with Running Your Organisation
Voluntary Action Leicestershire provides a range of support for voluntary and community sector groups. This includes information, advice and training around setting up a community group/organisation; fundraising and income generation; assistance with reviewing grant applications; recruiting and managing volunteers; and business and sustainability planning for your organisation.
If you are a social enterprise, co-operative or Community Interest Company (CIC) in Leicestershire, you can access support from CASE.
A comprehensive range of information is also available via the Knowhownonprofit.org website.
Another great source of useful information, advice and guidance for small charities (with income of less than £1 million) can be found on the Small Charities Coalitiion website.
If you are a trustee/committee member of a charity or community group, there is lots of useful information on the gov.uk website.
The Resource Centre website is another excellent source of information and support for people interested in setting up and running a community group.
The Association of Chairs is a membership organisation supporting Chairs / Vice Chairs of charities and social enterprises. The organisation has a range of resources which can help Chairs of trustee boards to ensure their organisation is run effectively.
The Institute for Voluntary Action Research (IVAR) helps to strengthen voluntary and community sector organisations and those that support them, through a range of research, insights and learning. The IVAR website contains a series of research reports, along with other guidance, frameworks and other information which will be of use to community organisations.
Impactasaurus is a website which helps community organisations to improve the way they demonstrate the impact they make through their work. This can help organisations to be more effective at what they do, as well as helping them to attract more funding.
Top Tips For 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 in the Strengthening Your Organisation PDF.
Strengthening Your Organisation (PDF, 554 Kb)