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Group Support

Useful Information for Community Groups 

Leicstershire Funding Toolkit

This is a free one-stop website for voluntary and community sector funding information and advice.

Funding Central

Funding Central is a free website for charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises - providing access to thousands of funding and finance opportunities, plus a wealth of tools and resources supporting organisations to develop sustainable income strategies appropriate to their needs.

We cover funding and finance opportunities for organisations registered in England from European, national, regional and local government and charitable sources.

Get Grants

Get Grants is a consultancy offering training and information in both Grant Fundraising and Grant Making, providing grant fundraising for organisations such as sports clubs, charities, community groups, schools and churches, as well as grant giving services and application assessments. The consultancy holds a wealth of experience that is passed to our clients through services and workshops.

j4bCommunity

j4bCommunity enables voluntary and community sector organisations to search for government and Lottery funding.

Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport 

Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport (LRS) can provide advice and support for you and your club/group to identify the most appropriate source of funding and support you with the application process. Use the LRS Funding Finder to search through a number of local, regional and national sources of funding available for clubs/groups, facilities, talented individuals and coaches.

Voluntary Action LeicesterShire

Voluntary Action LeicesterShire (VAL) is a charity that gets people into volunteering, helps community groups and organisations thrive and manages projects providing essential services. 

Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE)

Action with Communities in Rural England is the national voice for the 38 rural community councils who make up the country's largest rural network. Together, they reach 52,000 grassroot organisations in 11,000 rural communities. In particular they offer help and support for village halls: www.acre.org.uk/our-work/village-halls

Leicestershire & Rutland Rural Community Council (RCC)

RCC Leicestershire & Rutland aim to provide help and support to those who live or work in rural Leicestershire and Rutland. To this end they are involved with a wide range of projects and issues across Leicestershire and Rutland. 

Leicestershire County Council (LCC) 

Leicestershire County Council manage a variety of grants across Leicestershire specifically for:

  • voluntary and community organisations 
  • independent museums and heritage groups
  • green space and countryside environment schemes
  • energy efficiency
  • disabled toilet facilities

To find what grants are available for the voluntary and community sector organisations for the benefit of local community search here for more details.

Resources

Giving World Online

Giving World Online offers a solution for busy companies and organisations that do not have the time or resources to find people that could benefit from their surplus goods, while cutting down on storage, transportation and landfill costs.

Their free service is designed to allow organisations to redirect surplus goods into their local communities, through a network of bona fide charities and community groups, providing much needed resources and making a meaningful difference to the lives of vulnerable and isolated people.

If you are a registered charity, a community group, or a statutory not-for-profit organisation helping people in need, you can register with Giving World Online to access business surplus, free of charge.

In Kind Direct

Founded by The Prince of Wales in 1996, In Kind Direct is a registered charity set up to act as a clearing house for surplus goods from the corporate sector. These goods are then channelled to good causes in the voluntary sector around the UK for a fraction of the real cost.

Reuseful UK

Scrapstores are a fantastic resource for community groups who are in need of high quality art and craft materials for their members. The range of materials in your scrapstore changes from day to day and could include card, paper, textiles, paint, corks, wool, cardboard tubes, netting, gauze and a thousand other things!

All scrapstores have different means of accessing their scrap materials. In some you need to pay an individual membership fee, at others you simply pay for the scrap you take on the day. Many scrapstores also have shops open to the public selling high quality art and craft materials from glue to paintbrushes to complement the scrap.

As many as 80,000 community groups are already benefitting from the exciting and varied resources offered by their local scrapstore.

To find out whether you are eligible for membership at your local Scrapstore search here for their details. 

Fundraising

For great fundraising ideas see the links below:

Crowdfunding

What is crowdfunding? Crowdfunding is one way of fundraising for projects, activities and ventures by raising money from lots of people using social media.

Crowdfunder UK

Crowdfunder is an alternative means of funding that allows individuals to take their ideas forward and make them a reality with the power of the crowd.

Crowdfunder enables people with a great idea to raise the money they need in return for 'rewards'. The public can back an idea with pledges of money and project owners can 'thank' their backers with rewards that reflect the money contributed. The reward can be a product, service or experience that is produced by the project.

Whether you are a community group, business, social enterprise, school, charity or are just an individual with a fantastic idea then we can help you raise the funds needed for your project.

Kickstarter

Kickstarter is a new way to fund creative projects. We're a home for everything from films, games, and music to art, design, and technology. Kickstarter is full of projects, big and small, that are brought to life through the direct support of people like you. Since our launch in 2009, 12 million people have pledged more than $2.6 billion, funding 112,504 creative projects. Thousands of creative projects are raising funds on Kickstarter right now.

Spacehive

Spacehive is a crowdfunding platform with a purpose: to make it as easy as possible for as many people as possible to bring their civic environment to life.

Whether you want to transform a playground, bring an old building back to life, spruce up a park, or create something completely new, Spacehive enables people to attract support for projects that makes places distinctive, lively and loved.

They do this by providing tools that help people to develop their project ideas, get noticed by crowds of people, companies, councils, and the media, and attract funding to make great projects happen. 

Applying for Funding

For handy hints and tips on applying for funding see Voluntary Action LeicesterShire (VAL) for more details. VAL also offers free one-to-one group support, help and advice. If your group is seeking support please call the VAL helpline on 0116 257 5050. The helpline is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. For all other enquiries, please call 0116 258 0666.