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SHIRE Community Grant 2022-23

Round 2 of the SHIRE Community Grant programme for 2022-23 is now open for applications.

The application form, along with Guidance Notes and other useful information can be found below.

If you have any queries or wish to discuss a SHIRE Grant application or project proposal with the Grants Team, please email: shiregrants@leics.gov.uk.


SHIRE Grant 2022-23 Information Sessions - Thursday 7th April 2022

To help promote the SHIRE Grants programme for 2022-23, the Grants & Funding Team held three online Information Sessions on Thursday 7th April 2022.

The presentations slides from the sessions can be seen below.


SHIRE Grants - Background Information

The SHIRE Community Grant programme enables VCSE (Voluntary, Community & Social Enterprise) sector organisations to deliver community-based projects, services and activities which help to improve the lives of vulnerable people in Leicestershire.

Eligible organisations are able to apply for grants for community based projects and activities that are specifically focused on supporting vulnerable and disadvantaged people and communities.

We are particularly interested in funding services, projects and activities that will:

  • improve the lives, health and wellbeing of vulnerable or disadvantaged people and communities in Leicestershire
  • provide community-based early intervention and prevention solutions which help to reduce demand on Council and other public services
  • complement existing services already being delivered

More information about how to apply for a SHIRE Grant can be seen below.


Application Process and Guidance Notes

Your organisation can only apply for either a Small Grant (max £3,000) or a Large Grant (max £10,000) in 2022-23.

If you think your organisation may be eligible for funding, please contact the Grant Officers to discuss your application for funding in more detail. The Grant Officers will provide further advice, before asking you to complete an online application form. We would also recommend that you read the SHIRE Community Grant 2022-23 Guidance Notes, which are available to download below.

Before submitting your application, we recommend that you draft your application, using the separate Word template, which is available on the application page below.

Please note, if your organisation has been awarded a SHIRE Grant (or a grant from the Leicestershire Communities Fund 2020-21) for core organisational running costs in the previous two years (2020-21 and 2021-22), we would request that you contact the Grants Officers prior to applying.

If you have any queries about the grant fund criteria or process, or if you would like to request any of the documentation in other formats (e.g. paper copies, large print), please call the Grants Officers on (0116) 305 7269 / 305 7020, or email: shiregrants@leics.gov.uk.


Application Deadlines for 2022-23

The SHIRE Grant programme for 2022-23 will be administered over 3 rounds of funding, with the following timescales and deadlines:

Round 1:

Opens: Wednesday 6th April 2022
Deadline for Applications: Wednesday 8th June 2022
Decisions Made: June 2022

Round 2:

Opens: Wednesday 6th July 2022
Deadline for Applications: Wednesday 7th September 2022 (at 5.00pm)
Decisions Made: September 2022

Round 3:

Opens: Wednesday 5th October 2022
Deadline for Applications: Wednesday 30th November 2022 (at 5.00pm)
Decisions Made: December 2022


Frequently Asked Questions

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


SHIRE Grants Awarded in 2022-23

You can see lists of the SHIRE Grants awarded in 2022-23 below:

Round 1 2022-23


Grant Outcomes Report

When you have used your SHIRE Grant and submitted the evidence of what you spent the grant on, we would appreciate if you could complete the Grant Outcomes Report, to tell us what outcomes you achieved with the funding.

A word version of the Grant Outcomes Report is available below. Feel free to use this template to draft the Report, and then copy and paste the information from the Word template into the Form.

A link to the Grant Outcomes Report online form is also available below.


SHIRE Grants Awarded in Previous Years (2016-2022)

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

SHIRE Grants Projects Awarded Funding - 2021-22

SHIRE Grants Projects Awarded Funding - 2019-20

SHIRE Grants Projects Awarded Funding - 2018-19

SHIRE Grants Projects Awarded Funding - 2017-18

SHIRE Grants Projects Awarded Funding - 2016-17

Please note, in 2020-21, the SHIRE Grants programme was paused, and replaced by the Leicestershire Communities Fund 2020-21.


Case Studies

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


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.