Local community groups and charities play an important role in supporting residents of Charnwood.

The Neighbourhood and Partnerships team offer a range of services for these organisations. This includes one to one support, training and resources to build capacity for a vibrant and resilient Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS).

Tina Robinson and Nabillah Ismail are the VCS Development Officers who work directly with local community groups and charities to support them around their individual development needs including:

  • Setting up a new group
  • Organisational health-checks
  • Governance /Organisation Structures
  • Policies and Procedures
  • Social Enterprise Development
  • Business / Strategic Planning
  • Financial Management
  • Marketing and Social Media
  • Project Management
  • Fundraising Strategic Planning and Income Generation
  • Sourcing funding opportunities
  • Bid writing and telling your story
  • Recruiting and retaining volunteers
  • Evaluation and demonstrating impact
  • Networking and Collaboration

Please contact us to discuss how we can help your organisation.

Information and Funding Opportunities

Charnwood Community Grants

Charnwood Borough Council recognises the value and contribution of individuals, voluntary sector organisations and other community-led projects and the benefits they provide to the residents of Charnwood.

Each year, the Council invites Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) organisations to apply for funding to deliver projects in the borough through a range of grants programmes.

Find out more about the Community Grants programme.

Charnwood Community Lottery

The Charnwood Community Lottery allows community groups to fundraise for their projects in the borough. Registering as a ‘Good Cause’ is easy, there is no cost to local groups and tickets sales are managed by the borough council.

Find out more about the Charnwood Community Lottery.

Leicestershire Communities

Website: www.leicestershirecommunities.org.uk/grants

Provides access to a range of support, information and resources related to Grants and Funding. Information provided here includes a series of Funding Bulletins, from a range of funders, along with details of support provided to voluntary and community sector groups, charities and social enterprises, by other relevant organisations.

Voluntary Action Leicestershire

Website: valonline.org.uk

Provides a range of support for voluntary and community sector groups. This includes information, advice and training around setting up a community group/organisation; fundraising and income generation; assistance with reviewing grant applications; recruiting and managing volunteers; and business and sustainability planning for your organisation.

The Leicestershire Funding Toolkit

Website: www.idoxopen4community.co.uk/leicestershire

Contains a range of useful information for voluntary/community groups, including a Funding Database, which you can register on to search for potential sources of funding for your community group/project.

Funding Central 

Website: www.fundingcentral.org.uk/page.aspx?SP=About

Provides access to information on grant funding opportunities from local, national and international funding sources as well as social investment from a range of providers. Registration is free for small organisations and there is an annual subscription for larger organisations.

Last updated: Wed 10th March, 2021 @ 16:57