Applications open for new rounds of Charnwood Community Grants

Published: Wed 13th April, 2022

Community groups and voluntary organisations in Charnwood are being invited to apply for grant funding.

Charnwood Borough Council has launched its first round of the 2022/23 Charnwood Community Grant schemes which help local organisations, charities, and community-led projects access funding support.  

Applications are also open for the Members Grant scheme which enables local groups to apply to their local councillor for up to £500 in funding.

Cllr Leigh Harper-Davies, lead member for community support said: “We have a fantastic variety of different voluntary and community organisations, charities and groups across the borough which offer a range of excellent services and activities to residents.

“It has been a difficult couple of years for the sector and we will continue to offer financial support to a number of them through our grant schemes to help them with their recovery.

“I would urge those interested in applying this year to have a look at the information and guidance available and to get in touch with the team if they need any further support.”

During 2021/22, the Council awarded over 90 grants, including one to Shepshed Dolphins Swimming Group (SDSG) who received £2,000 from the Charnwood Community Grant scheme.

Shepshed Dolphins Swimming Group supports those with a disability, health condition or long-term illness feel comfortable in the water. The grant was used towards the cost of hiring a pool and the costs of running aquafit sessions.

Nicola Crowe, administrator and fundraiser for Shepshed Dolphins said: “The pandemic had a really hard impact on charities like SDSG so we were delighted to receive the £2,000 grant. The funding has contributed to the cost of hiring the pool and a qualified instructor so we can offer an aquafit session to members.

“Swimming has a positive impact on both people’s physical and mental wellbeing and should be inclusive to everyone regardless of their disability or health condition.

“I would encourage any community group or voluntary organisation to have a look at the grant schemes are available and speak to the Council’s team if they need any help or support with their application.”

The different grants are open to properly constituted community and voluntary groups for activities not conducted for profit (retrospective applications are not eligible). The grants include:

Charnwood Community Grant – Round 1 deadline Friday May 13, 2022, 5pm 

These grants can provide up to £5,000 for organisations currently running projects with community benefit in Charnwood, including organisational running costs (for up to one year), environmental projects and one-off contributions for equipment costs.

The maximum amount of grant that can be applied for in one year is £5,000. Applications can be made in both rounds to a maximum combined total of £5,000.

Community Facilities Grant – Round 1 deadline Friday May 13, 2022, 5pm

The community facilities grants scheme can award funding of up to £20,000, to a maximum of 50% of the cost of a project which assists with the renovation, improvement and provision of community buildings, including fitting out and provision of facilities for people with disabilities.

Member Grants – Applications close on Tuesday January 31, 2023

These grants give each borough councillor the opportunity to award up to £500 to projects which bring benefits to their ward each year. 

Application forms and more information is available at: www.charnwood.gov.uk/grants, email: grants@charnwood.gov.uk or call 01509 634730.