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Community Grants

We are pleased to announce that the Blaby District Council Community Grants scheme is now open for 2020-21. The scheme supports the local voluntary and community sector to develop and strengthen community facilities and activities.

Working in association with Everyone Active and Blaby District Youth Council we continue to offer the following grants this year:

  • 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

Coronavirus Recovery - Special Grant Rounds

In light of the Coronavirus pandemic and after speaking to local voluntary sector organisations we have made some changes to this year’s programme.  We are making a larger amount of funding available in the first two rounds and we will prioritise projects that address needs that have arisen directly from the pandemic. In these cases we are also increasing small capital and revenue grants to £1000 and introducing a more flexible approach to project costs to support organisations that have lost income during this time.

You must read both the main grants scheme guidance notes and the additional Coronavirus Recovery grant round notes carefully before applying to ensure that you meet the criteria and to assist you with completing the application form. You can find both sets of guidance notes at the bottom of this webpage.

Our Funding and Awards Officer is holding an information session via Zoom on Friday 04 September at 10am to explain more about the grants programme. To book a place please use the Grants email below.

Grant Deadlines

Application deadlines are 5pm on:

  • Friday 14 August 2020
  • Friday 2 October 2020 (New date added!)
  • Wednesday 25 November 2020
  • Wednesday 24 February 2021

The grant panel usually meets within two weeks of the grant deadline.

Application Process

Please use the contact form to request an application form by email or post. Completed forms should be sent to the Community and Economic Development, Work and Skills team or email grants@blaby.gov.uk  Our online application is not available for the first grant round.

 

 

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

Please note that organisations can only be awarded one grant per financial year. Organisations may also only apply for one grant at a time. An organisation that has previously received a grant must complete their project, including submission of evidence of expenditure, before a further application to the scheme can be made.

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

  • A governing document (e.g. 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 e.g. 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.

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.

Namaste Exercise Group - £500 Revenue Grant

Namaste Exercise Group is a meeting of older residents in Braunstone Town. The aim of the group are to promote healthy lifestyles through weekly yoga and participation in other activities, celebrations and excursions. The revenue grant was awarded to help towards the cost of tutor fees to deliver the exercise sessions.

Hansa Joshi - Treasurer of the group - says: 'Our activities – exercise & excursions - have helped members physically & mentally. It has also given a reason to members to come out of house which helps to avoid loneliness'.

Countesthorpe Cricket Club - £468 Everyone Active Grant

Countesthorpe Cricket Club was awarded an Everyone Active grant. These grants help to achieve our local health and wellbeing priorities. In this case the funding was awarded to cover room hire and coach fees for a twelve week programme of girls only indoor cricket coaching.

James Popplewell - Commercial Manager at the Cricket Club - says: 'The funding has really helped us to develop our girls team and to get more girls playing the sport. The money enabled us to provide sessions during the winter months so that girls could try a new sport without having any pressure from boys. The fact that we were able to provide the sessions for free meant that we were able to encourage more girls to give it a go and we are pleased to say that we have over ten girls playing regularly for the Club, which is fantastic, and brilliant for ladies cricket as a whole'.

109th Leicester Scout Group Countesthorpe - £4000 Capital Grant

This capital grant was awarded to contribute towards the costs of repairing the roof of the scout hut - a key community building in the parish of Countesthorpe. It was clear that this grant was going to benefit not only the young people attending scouting, but the numerous other groups and residents that the building hosts.

Jack Barber, Beavers Section Leader and Acting Group Scout Leader, said 'We are incredibly grateful to Blaby District Council for the community grant that they were able to award us. This has enabled us to carry out urgent roof repairs and helped ensure that we can offer amazing opportunities and Skills for Life to our 100 youth members. The grant has helped us to cover this hut maintenance project while continuing to offer activities and adventures in our weekly programme.'

Blaby Methodist Church - £500 Revenue Grant

This grant was awarded to Blaby Methodist Church to run the ‘Costa-del-Blaby’ project during Summer 2019. It was a free, two-day event for older and isolated members of the local community who are no longer able to go on holiday. 45 residents attended over the two days and took part in a jam-packed programme of activities including a sing-along, film showings, musical performances, traditional seaside games and crafts. Residents also enjoyed fish ‘n’ chips and traditional ice cream!

The grants panel was really keen on supporting this project given its potential to reduce loneliness and isolation among residents. The project evaluation showed that 92% of those who attended rated the event as excellent and 100% would recommend this type of event to others. The top five benefits for residents identified were:

  • Taking part in activities
  • Meeting new people
  • Having fun
  • Having a good meal
  • Getting out of the house / company

Gill Hammond-Evans, one of the volunteers who co-ordinated the event, said: ‘It was lovely to see the older folk forgetting their troubles and enjoying themselves. Harry (90 years old) said he wished we could do this every week!’

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