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Community Grants

Please note that applications to Blaby District Council's community grants scheme for 2019/20 are now closed. We are in the process of updating the guidance notes and application form for 2020/21 so please do not apply to the scheme at this time. More information will appear here soon.

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

Working in association with Everyone Active and Blaby District Youth Council we 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

You must 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 find 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

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.

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 and 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.

Reality Youth Project awarded £1000

Reality Youth Project ran regular outreach sessions on their Youth Bus in various parishes across the district. The project aims to promote wellbeing among young people, giving them a place to stay safe and reduce the risk of getting into trouble.

Mike McAllister, project manager says: 'Having this funding has allowed us to replace and update much of the equipment on the bus, with the young people who use it having input into this too. However, the bus is much more than this. Young people labelled as ‘naughty’ or hard to reach feel it’s a safe place to be. Through conversations with them, a lot seem to be struggling with multiple issues and feel no one understands them or wants to listen or help. They see something they like on the bus, making a hot chocolate with them and chatting and listening, feeling accepted for who they are.'

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.

Last updated 4 June 2020
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