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Community Grants

The Blaby District Council Community Grants scheme is open for 2022-23.

The scheme supports the local voluntary and community sector (VCS) to develop and strengthen community facilities and activities. We continue to offer six core grants to suit different project types:

  • 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

Commonwealth Grant and new criteria

During the first grant round of this year we are offering a one-off special Commonwealth Grant to celebrate the Commonwealth Games that are taking place in Birmingham this summer. We are looking to fund two projects up to £500 each that support the mission of this year’s Games to bring people together and improve health and wellbeing.

We know that some VCS organisations are still feeling the financial impacts of the pandemic. We also recognise that the current high energy and fuel costs will significantly affect both the running costs of some organisations as well as service users already on low incomes. With these factors in mind, we are applying some additional criteria for the first two rounds of this financial year. This includes offering increased flexibility with regard to costs that can be met through our Revenue Grants. 

For full criteria of both the Commonwealth Grant and new criteria, please read the guidance notes available to download at the bottom of this webpage.

If you are intending to apply for any grant it is important that you read the main community grants scheme guidance notes to check your organisation’s eligibility, the overall priorities and process of assessing applications as well as the additional guidance notes and/or the Commonwealth Grant. All guidance notes are available to download at the bottom of this webpage before starting an application.

Grant deadlines

Application deadlines for this year are 5pm on:

  • 1 June 2022
  • 7 September 2022           
  • 30 November 2022
  • 1 March 2023

The grant panel usually meets two weeks after the grant deadline and applicants notified within a further week.

How to apply

The same application form is used for all of the different grants.

You can apply to the grants scheme online on this web page. You will need to provide some supporting documents as listed below when you apply so please have these ready to upload. If you apply online and you want to save your application as you go, you will need to log in using your My Account.  We recommend that you save your work regularly when using the online application to avoid your session timing out. You will receive a confirmation email and reference number upon successful submission of an online application. For more information and to register for My Account visit the My Account web page.

If you would prefer to submit your application by email or post, please use the contact form at the bottom of this web page to request an application pack. Completed forms should be sent to the Funding and Awards Officer, Council Offices, Desford Road, Narborough LE19 2EP 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.

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.

Read about how the scheme has helped other organisations and what they think about the grants process:

Old Newtonians' Rugby Club awarded £3997 Capital Grant

Old Newtonians' Rugby Football Club (RFC) was awarded nearly £4000 as a Capital Grant to make improvements to its facilities. 

'As a Community Sports and Social Club, Old Newts RFC can't speak highly enough of the funding support granted to us by Blaby District Council Community Grants scheme. It's proved to be a valuable means of help with our long overdue project to refurbish our ageing facilities and provide all our members and guests, old and new, with the service they deserve.  The application process was easy to understand and efficient, friendly staff were on hand to help with any queries. Award decisions were made in a timely manner and overall a great scheme for access to small grants.' Adrienne Catcheside, Club Development Manager.

Thurlaston Parish Council awarded £4000 Capital Grant

Thurlaston Parish Council was awarded £4000 towards the purchase and installation of outdoor play equipment for older children. 

'Thurlaston is a small community and without the support of the Blaby District Council Community Grant this project would not have been able to go ahead. The whole process was straight forward and I would encourage other community groups to apply to help fund their local projects. Very efficient and professional process. Easy to apply, application form clear, all-in-all excellent'. Paul Holyman, Chair of Thurlaston Parish Council

Whetstone Church Lads' and Church Girls' Brigade awarded £579 Revenue Grant

Whetstone Church Lads' and Church Girls' Brigade was awarded nearly £580 as a Revenue Grant to cover the cost of equipment and supplies to ensure the group could meet safely during the pandemic. 

'I was impressed with how easy the application process was and how quickly the funds came through. This allowed us to act quickly and purchase the much needed equipment'. Paul Brown, Commanding Officer

Blaby and Whetstone Youth Club awarded £500 Everyone Active Grant

Blaby and Whetstone Youth Club was awarded a £500 Everyone Active Grant to cover equipment and other costs to deliver a healthy eating and exercise programme for its members.

'As a Youth Worker, this funding made a huge difference to our Youth Sessions, and introduced a whole new range of exciting activities which were both fun and lifestyle changing. The equipment purchased with the grant will mean the project will be ongoing: we can continue to encourage healthy eating and the importance of being active, and hopefully make an impact on our Young People to continue this as a lifestyle choice.  Blaby District Council Grant scheme is clear and concise, the communication is excellent, and the online application process is very easy to follow'.  Centre Manager - Alaina Gallacher

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