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SHIRE Community Grant 2021-22

The SHIRE Community Grant Programme is currently closed.

We are currently in the process of planning for a new version of the SHIRE Community Grants programme for 2021-22.

We hope to launch the SHIRE Grants 2021-22 programme in early June 2021.

Updates will appear here in due course.

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

SHIRE Community Grants - Background Information

To help deliver the priorities of Leicestershire County Council's Communities Strategy, 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 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 is currently closed, but is due to re-open again in June 2021.

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.