Nellie Taylor Funding Award

Enabling young people to fulfil their potential

Harborough District Council is delighted to be able to offer an opportunity for individuals aged between 14- 25 years of age, living in the district of Harborough, to apply for up to £2,000 to support their training and learning, start up their business, or help getting a job.

Schools, employers, community groups, friends or family can nominate individuals, or young people can apply themselves.

The deadline for applications is 14th December 2018- the date in 1918 when the first Parliamentary election took place, in which women could vote for the first time.

Please note: applications received after this date will not be considered..

Mary Ellen 'Nellie' Taylor was a very active member of the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU), which was the leading organisation campaigning for women's suffrage in the United Kingdom and her family lived at Westerby House, Smeeton Westerby.


On March 5th 1910, Nellie Taylor organised a WSPU meeting in Kibworth Village Hall, where an audience consisting mainly of women listened to speeches by two famous suffragettes, Alice Pemberton-Peake and Dorothy Pethwick. On the day before this meeting Nellie Taylor was praised by the paper ‘Votes for Women,’ a weekly newspaper dedicated to the suffragette’s cause. The Representation of the People Act 1918 gave the vote to women. This gave 8.4 million women the right to vote.

Find out more about Nellie Taylor at the Kibworth Village Online Museum.

The Nellie Taylor award criteria

The award is dedicated to the support of young people in the Harborough District, providing financial support for their education, training and employment prospects.

Applicants must live in the district of Harborough.

Applicants must be aged between 14-25 years of age.

Applicants must clearly demonstrate how the funding will support one or more of the following:

     Upskilling, training and development and/or

     Starting a business and/or

     Improving applicant's prospect of gaining full-time employment

Applicants will be assessed against the criteria set out above.

     If successful, it is not guaranteed that applicants will receive the full amount of their grant request.
     Applicants may be asked to clarify or provide additional information before final decisions are made.
     Grants will not be awarded retrospectively.


The total funding allocated to the Nellie Taylor Award grant scheme for 2018/19 is £2,000

All applications must be submitted to the Council by 5pm on Friday 14th December 2018.

All applications will be assessed by a panel consisting of members of the Council’s Executive sub-committee, in order to make a balanced, unbiased decision on the rewarding of the grants. Agreement letters will be issued to all successful individuals, detailing the conditions under which they will receive their grants, which will have to be signed by the applicant.

All applicants will be notified of the panel's final decision on Thursday 31st January 2019.