Community Grants

Blaby District Community Grants scheme supports the voluntary and community sector to develop and strengthen community facilities and activities.

Please note that for 2019/20 the following changes have been made to our grant application process: -

  • Only one application for a grant (in any category) may be made in a financial year (April 2019 - March 2020)
  • The maximum amount of large capital funding that can be applied for has been increased to £4,000
  • The maximum amount of revenue grant funding that can be applied for has been reduced to £500, however no match funding is required
  • The maximum amount of youth grant funding that can be applied for has been reduced to £500 to allow us to support more groups
  • There is one standard application form for all grants

Working in association with Everyone Active and Blaby District Youth Council we are able to offer the following grants to groups/organisations in our local community: -

  • Large Capital Grants - up to £4,000
  • Small Capital Grants - up to £500
  • Revenue Grants - up to £500
  • Everyone Active - up to £500
  • Youth Grants - up to £500

It is important that you read the guidance notes carefully before applying to ensure that you meet the criteria and to assist you with completing the application form. You can a copy of the guidance notes at the bottom of this webpage.

Application Process

You can now apply for a community grant online using our new, improved online application form. You do not have to set up an online account but will need to provide an email address if you would like to work on your application in stages. We recommend that you save your work regularly when using the online application.

Alternatively, please use the contact form to request an application form by email or post. Completed forms should be sent to the Community Development, Work and Skills team or emailed to grants@blaby.gov.uk 

In order to be eligible, your organisation must be able to provide: -

  • An agreed and signed constitution or formal set of rules (appropriate to the legal status of the organisation)
  • An equality policy/statement (this may already be within your constitution)
  • A copy of your child protection policy and/or vulnerable adults policy (if applicable)
  • A copy of your latest bank statement showing the account details and balance
  • For purchases over £1,000, 3 quotes for all purchases and works (if you are unable to obtain 3 quotes you will need to explain why)
  • Evidence of any permission required in order for the project to take place.  This must be secured before the application is submitted

If you have applied to the grants scheme before then we will not necessarily require all of the above paperwork so please check before submitting an application.

All grant recipients will be expected to comply with periodic checks and complete and return our monitoring form at the end of a project, including providing copies of invoices showing the expenditure on the project as well as any evidence of the intended outcomes being achieved.

Deadline Dates 2019-20

  • 06 June 2019
  • 05 September 2019
  • 28 November 2019
  • 27 February 2020

Case Studies

Here are just a few examples of organisations that have benefited from the community grants scheme.

Blaby Mind Matters awarded £750

Blaby Mind Matters is an independent mental health peer support group that meets in Blaby. The group started when provision from the Richmond Fellowship ended. The group started out small, using a free meeting room that was available for a short time. However as the group grew in numbers they needed to change venue and start to pay for hire.

The group has been supported through the community grants scheme to cover venue hire costs and thereby provide some stability to the group and its service users. It has made all the difference for this group being able to continue to support people with mental health needs.

Braunstone Swimming Club awarded £750

Braunstone Swimming Club is a friendly and family-oriented, competitive swimming club for children, young people and adults.  They are one of only a few clubs in Leicestershire who are proud to run both a Learn to Swim scheme as well as skill development for the local community.

The disastrous loss of Braunstone Swimming Club's home pool due to fire in 2016 was turned around with the help of the community grants scheme. The club was awarded £750 to help replace essential equipment in the newly refurbished pool. This included equipment for the Learn to Swim sessions, storage trolleys, diving board covers as well as a new sign to promote the club.  The grant made a huge difference and ensured that the club continued to operate effectively and safely.

Huncote Community Association awarded £666

Huncote Community Association organises a variety of community events as well as a pre-school play group at Huncote Community Centre. The Community Centre hosts a number of other regular groups including the local WI, Rainbows, Brownies, Amateur Theatrical Society, Vipers Car Club and activities, including being a polling station.

The deteriorating condition of some flooring had put use of the centre in jeopardy. The Community Association were awarded a grant to make essential repairs to the kitchen floor at the Community Centre thereby enabling groups to continue to enjoy and make use of it.

Horses for Causes awarded £5000

Horses for Causes is a non-profit organisation providing equine interaction or therapy for people of all ages. This type of therapy has been successful in helping those with depression, trauma, abuse and other psychological or mental health needs.

Horses for Causes were awarded a capital grant to resurface their stable yard. The stable yard was very uneven and unsafe and often became muddy and waterlogged. The resurfacing enabled better access for people with physical disabilities, easier access for parking and decreased the number of sessions that had to be cancelled due to weather conditions.

With both help from Blaby District Council's community grants scheme and a Shires Community Grant the organisation has been able to expand and improve their services even further.

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