Funding body information

Leicestershire County Council

County Hall
0116 232 3232

Point of contact:

Andy Hayes, Funding and Grants Officer, 0116 305 7269,
SHIRE Community Grants, (0116) 305 7269 / 305 7020,
Noel Singh, Funding Manager, 0116 305 7020,


The council provides a variety of grant schemes. Full detailed advice and guidance on these schemes can be found on the council's following webpages: A-Z Funding and Community Grants.
SHIRE "Community Solutions" Grant Fund 2015-2016

The Leicestershire County Council is committed to supporting voluntary and community sector organisations to work alongside us to design and develop innovative solutions, to enable the delivery of key services for our communities. There is £260,000 available for charitable organisations involved in social actions.

The key focus of the fund will be to prioritise projects which address vulnerability, disadvantage and access to essential services.

More guidance and information about elegibility criteria and application process are available on the Leicestershire County Council's website.

Your SHIRE Community Grant

A funding programme which aims at helping local groups and organisations to provide community services and activities that support vulnerable people, promote independence and reduce demand for public services. There is £160,000 funding available each year and grants are up to £2,500. The Council finances projects supporting older people, vulnerable people and carers, projects encouraging young people to achieve their potential and organisations promoting an healthy lifestyle.

Further information is available here.

Stepping Stones Grants

A programme of three Grants of up to £2,500 are available for community groups, landowners and farmers within the Stepping Stones area who would like to improve their environment through schemes such as tree planting, hedge planting and the development of nature are.

Note that the deadlines for applications for each grant are different.

Please contact the Project Managers on 0116 305 7221/7264 before submitting an application.

For further details, visit the Council's website.

SHIRE Community Climate Change Grants

The Council assists projects which aim at improving energy efficiency and reduce the potential impact of climate change. Grants can reach £5,000 per applicants. Applicants must operate in Leicestershire.

Applications are now being accepted.

More information is available here.

Many local authorities are now moving away from grant-making and beginning to use commissioning as a way to distribute funding to the third sector. Local commissioners can be difficult to find and identify, however NAVCA have created a guide that may help: 'Finding your commissioner'

Voluntary Sector Funding Pages:

Community Forums

Local organisations search facility

Useful organisations:

CVS Community Partnership for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland

This website has a specific grants page named 'Community Grants', which is located under the 'Community and Living' section.

The page gives full details of each scheme available, including application forms, guidance notes, contact details and deadlines, when and where they apply.

Other information is also provided, including a list of previously funded projects and details of external funding.

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