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SHIRE Community Grant 2021-22

The SHIRE Community Grant Programme 2021-22 is now OPEN for applications!

To help deliver the priorities of Leicestershire County Council's Communities Strategy, along with other strategic priorities of the Council, 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 will be able to access a range of 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

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.

SHIRE Community Grants 2021-22 - Types of Grant Available

If you are a voluntary, community or social enterprise (VCSE) sector organisation that provides services for vulnerable and disadvantaged people who live in Leicestershire, then you may be eligible to apply for a SHIRE Grant in 2021-22.

There are five different types of SHIRE Grants you can apply for in 2021-22:

  1. Small Grants (maximum £3,000)
  2. Large Grants (minimum £3,001; maximum £10,000)
  3. Capital Grants (minimum £1,000; maximum £10,000)
  4. Match Funding (minimum £3,000; maximum £10,000)
  5. Partnership Grants (minimum £5,000; maximum £25,000)

Please note that your organisation can only apply for one of the above grants in 2021-22. However, your organisation can also apply for a Partnership Grant in 2021-22, along with one of the other SHIRE Grants this year.

Match Funding Grants are specifically reserved for organisations who are also applying for grants with the Leicestershire & Rutland Community Foundation or the National Lottery Community Fund's Awards for All programme in 2021-22.

Please note, if you have been successfully awarded a grant of between £3,000 and £10,000 from either the Leicestershire & Rutland Community Foundation, or the National Lottery Community Fund's Awards for All programme in 2021-22, this does not guarantee that SHIRE Grant Match Funding will automatically be made available to you. You will still need to submit a SHIRE Grant application for Match Funding, and this application will be assessed on its individual merits, in line with the SHIRE Grant eligibility criteria.

If you wish to apply for Match Funding, or a Partnership Grant, then we strongly advise you to contact the Grants Team prior to submitting an application.

Furthermore, if you received a grant from the Leicestershire Communities Fund in 2020-21, again, please contact the Grants Team prior to applying.

Application Process and Guidance Notes

Before applying, please ensure you have read the SHIRE Community Grant 2021-22 Guidance Notes, which are available to download below.

The Guidance Notes contain important details about the criteria for funding, along with the Council's process for awarding funds.

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:

To apply for a SHIRE Grant, click on the links below:

Application Deadlines 2021-22

The SHIRE Community Grant programme for 2021-22 will be administered over 3 rounds of funding, with the following timescales and deadlines:

Grant Round Opens

Grant Round Closes

Decisions Made

Round 1

Thurs 10th June 2021

Weds 28th July 2021

August 2021

Round 2

Weds 1st September 2021

Weds 27th October 2021

November 2021

Round 3

Weds 1st December 2021

Weds 26th January 2022

February 2022

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Previously Funded Projects (2016-2020)

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

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

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.