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Community Grants

The Blaby District Council Community Grants scheme is now open for 2021-22.

The scheme supports the local voluntary and community sector to develop and strengthen community facilities and activities. We continue to offer a range of grants to suit different projects, including the launch of our new Green Grants this year:

  • Capital Green Grants – up to £4000 (20% match funding required)
  • Revenue Green Grants – up to £500
  • Large Capital Grants - up to £4,000 (50% match funding required)
  • Small Capital Grants - up to £500
  • Revenue Grants - up to £500
  • Everyone Active Grants - up to £500

We no longer offer a separate Youth Grant but any youth projects should meet the criteria for one of the other grants.   

Grant deadlines

Application deadlines for this year are 5pm on:

  • Wednesday 2 June 2021
  • Wednesday 1 September 2021
  • Wednesday 1 December 2021
  • Wednesday 2 March 2022

The grant panel usually meets two weeks after the grant deadline.

How to apply

You can apply to the grants scheme online using the same form for any of the different grants. You will need to provide some supporting documents as listed below when you apply. These can be uploaded using the online application form. If you are unable to complete your application in one sitting, you will have the option to save your application by providing an email address so you can return to complete it later. We recommend saving regularly to avoid your session timing out. You will receive a confirmation email and reference number upon successful submission of an online application.

If you would prefer to submit your application by email or post, please use the contact form at the bottom of this webpage to request an application pack. Completed forms should be sent to the Funding and Awards Officer, Economic and Community Development, Work and Skills Team or email grants@blaby.gov.uk If you do not receive an acknowledgement of your application within a few working days, please contact the Funding and Awards Officer on 0116 272 7566 to ensure receipt.

Support during Coronavirus

During 2020-21 we made some temporary changes to the main Community Grants programme as a result of the impacts of the pandemic. We are keeping some of these changes in place for the first two grant rounds of 2021-22. If you are intending to apply for any grant in either of these rounds it is important that you read both the main community grants scheme guidance notes and the additional Coronavirus guidance notes available to download on this webpage before starting an application.

We are pleased to announce that we are also offering a small, one-off VCS Re-Start Grant of up to £250 to help organisations with costs relating to re-opening or re-starting services following closure during the pandemic. Organisations can apply for this grant even if they already have a grant open with us and an application for a VCS Re-Start grant does not prevent a further application to the main grants scheme during the financial year.

Re-start costs might include, for example:

  • Purchase of signage, screens and other necessary equipment for social distancing
  • Printing of posters to display
  • Purchase of PPE (such as masks, aprons, gloves), sanitiser, fogging machine
  • Professional cleaning or other services to bring a building back into use safely
  • Re-stocking of essential supplies, for example at lunch or youth clubs
  • Promotional activities to let members know you are re-opening/starting
  • Volunteer expenses where additional cover/roles are needed to run safely

This grant will only be available for a short period with two application windows:

  • The first application window will close on Monday 26 April 2021
  • The second application window will close on Friday 11 June 2021

Please read the VCS Re-Start Grant guidance notes available to download from this webpage for full details, including deadlines for applications and the eligibility criteria. To apply, please complete our short Expression of Interest form. This can be done online or by requesting a form from the Funding and Awards Officer by emailing grants@blaby.gov.uk

Who can apply?

Our grants scheme is open to applications from a range of VCS organisations:

  • Community groups, youth clubs and sports clubs
  • Registered Charities
  • Social Enterprises (such as Community Interest Companies)
  • Schools, Academies and PTA/fundraising groups for extra-curricular activities or projects only
  • Religious or faith-based organisations for non-religious projects open to all irrespective of faith
  • Parish and Town Councils

Organisations are expected to provide copies of the following to support their application:

  • A governing document (for example, Constitution or Articles of Association)
  • An equality policy/statement (if not included within the governing document)
  • A child safeguarding policy and/or vulnerable adults policy (if applicable)
  • A bank statement dated within three months showing the organisation’s name account details and balance. Bank accounts must require the signatures of at least two unrelated people.
  • The organisation’s most recent set of accounts
  • Three quotes for any single items or works over the value of £1,000
  • Evidence of any consents/permissions in order for the project to take place, for example, Planning Permission, Advertising Consent or Landowner Consent. These must be secured before the application is submitted
  • Where the project involves alterations to land or buildings, the applicant must provide evidence of ownership or a written agreement/lease with at least five years remaining

We expect all grant recipients to comply with periodic checks and complete 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. Our standard terms and conditions can be found in the main community grants scheme guidance notes.

Want to find out more?

Join our Funding and Awards Officer online on Wednesday 28 April at 10am to hear more about the different grants available and pick up some tips on how to write a strong application. To book onto this event, please use the contact form at the bottom of this webpage. 

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