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SHIRE Community Grant 2020-21

The SHIRE Community Grant Programme is currently closed.

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we have taken the decision to postpone the launch of the SHIRE Grant programme for 2020-21.

Updates will appear here in due course.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

If you have any queries regarding the SHIRE Grant programme in the meantime, please email:

You can also find details about other sources of grants and funding, including funding specifically related to responding to the impacts of the Coronavirus crisis here

To help deliver the priorities of Leicestershire County Council's Communities Strategy, the SHIRE Community Grant programme enables 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 large 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 SHIRE Grant programme for 2019-20 has now closed, so we are currently unable to accept any applications.

The Grant programme will re-open again in April 2020.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Projects Awarded Funding 2019-20

A list of projects awarded funding throughout the 4 rounds of funding for the 2019-20 SHIRE Grants programme can be seen below.

A document has also been produced which provides statistics and analysis of delivery of the SHIRE Grant programme in 2019-20.

A link to the document can be seen below.

Previously Funded Projects (2016-2019)

Lists of SHIRE Grant projects funded in previous years can be seen below:

SHIRE Grants Projects Awarded Funding - 2018-19

SHIRE Grants Projects Awarded Funding - 2017-18

SHIRE Grants Projects Awarded Funding - 2016-17

Case Studies

Case Study examples of previously funded SHIRE Grants projects can be seen on the Case Studies Page.

SHIRE Community Grants 2019-20 Launch Event

The SHIRE Community Grants Launch Event was held on Monday 8th April 2019 at County Hall.

You can see the slideshow presentations from the event in the SHIRE Grant Launch Event PDF and below.

Further Support

You can fund more information about other grants and funding opportunities, along with additional support for your community organisation, on our Grants Homepage.