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Funding from building projects

Funding from the Community Grant Fund

The Community Grant Fund replaces what was previously known as ‘The New Homes Bonus District Wide Fund’.  However, the source of the fund is the same.

The New Homes Bonus is a national initiative, set by Government, designed to ensure that the economic benefits for housing growth are returned to the councils and communities where that growth takes place.  For the year 2017 to 2018, Harborough District Council members have allocated £50,000 of their New Homes Bonus money to be disseminated to Harborough communities through the Community Grant Fund. 

Community Grant Fund now open

The Community Grant Fund is currently open for applications. Register your interest in the fund by emailing your contact details and a brief outline of your project to by 6 October 2017. Grants are available for between £1,000 and £5,000 but you can also tell us about your projects that require funding of under £1,000 and we could help by providing advice on other possible sources of funding.

A grant surgery event will be held on Wednesday 25 October 2017 for those that have registered their interest in th fund by 6 October. This will offer one-to-one meetings for anyone that would like support in completing their full grant fund application.

Submit your full Community Grant Fund application (DOC, 250KB) by 17 November 2017.  Grant application guidance notes (PDF, 125KB) have also been written to assist with grant applications - we strongly recommend that you refer to these when completing your form.


The Community Grant Fund is an inclusive fund, open to all Parishes, and voluntary and community groups. 

This year there will be the following grant priorities:




Community projects

£1,000 - £5,000 (maximum of 75% of the costs)

Funding for the activities of properly constituted Community and Voluntary Sector organisations and projects in Harborough District, including organisational running costs (for up to one year), and one off contributions for equipment costs for projects with community benefit.


Community Facilities - improvement Grants

£1,000 - £5,000 (maximum of 75% of the costs)

Capital funding for Parish Councils, and properly constituted Community and Voluntary Sector organisations, to assist with the renovation, improvement and provision of community buildings for physical activities.

Community Facilities - Feasibility Studies Grants

£1,000 - £5,000 (maximum of 75% of the costs)

Support to Parish Councils, and properly constituted Community and Voluntary Sector organisations, for the commissioning of feasibility studies as part of the development plan to undertake substantial refurbishment or propose a new-build community facility.

Other points to consider:

  • The grant fund is open to new projects, or current successful projects looking to expand their service or reach new geographical areas.
  • More weight will be given to projects with greater percentage of match funding. 
  • Projects that demonstrate no alternative local funding streams exist will be given extra weight in the scoring process.
  • Projects that can demonstrate sustainability will be given extra weight in the scoring process.
  • Projects that provide viable ‘evidence of need’ will be given extra weight in the scoring process.
  • Organisations who have not received grant funding in the previous 2 years will be given extra weight in the scoring process.
  • Up to 10% of funding can be used for core costs.
  • Funding for staffing costs is not encouraged unless it can be demonstrated that it is instrumental to the delivery of the project.  Only 25 % of total sessional staffing costs for the project can be requested, up to a maximum of £5,000.
  • Projects would ideally be delivered within 12 months, 24 months maximum.
  • The Council reserves the right to refuse applications.

Types of projects we can support

The Community Grants may be allocated to both Capital and Revenue projects.

Projects we cannot fund

  • General running costs such as utility bills and maintenance
  • Items or projects which only benefit an individual
  • Activities promoting political or religious beliefs
  • Projects which are essentially to maintain and upkeep a facility or an organisation rather than to improve or expand facilities or services offered. 
  • Fundraising activities for organisations
  • Any expenditure incurred or committed before we approve the proposal

Section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 places a duty on local authorities to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism. In complying with the duty we must ensure that publicly-owned venues and resources do not provide a platform for extremists and are not used to disseminate extremist views.

How much can you apply for 

Applicants should be requesting a minimum of £1,000 and a maximum of £5,000.
The grant panel can make the decision to offer part of the funding requested rather than the whole amount.

The grant process

All applications go through an 8 week grants scoring process.  This involves an officer grants panel, making recommendations to the Executive Sub Committee for grants, at Harborough District Council. Applicants will be informed shortly after the Executive meeting with regards to the success of their application by letter. 

Grants will be scored consistently against a scoring sheet associated with the criteria above.  The application form has been designed to capture all the information required to score each application consistently.  

Successful applicants will be asked to sign a terms and conditions document for accepting the funding.  On receipt of this signed document, payments will be made, preferably by BACS.  

Who can apply

  • Town/ Parish Councils  or constituted Parish meeting
  • Any constituted community/voluntary group working in the Harborough District
  • Registered charities
  • Schools with projects providing a demonstrable wider community benefit

Who we cannot fund

  • Organisations which aim to distribute a profit
  • Individuals
  • Organisations promoting religious or political beliefs.  However, places of worship are eligible where funding is for adaptation or improvement for community use.


Projects must carry out monitoring and evaluation.  Evidence must be forwarded to the Council upon completion or at a set time.  A successful application will receive an offer letter outlining the conditions for this. You will need to:

  • Show how you have achieved your objectives
  • Identify which groups of people and how many have benefited from your project
  • Explain how will you celebrate your success? 
  • Will there be any publicity associated with your project?
  • Offer feedback on the grants process

Projects that have previously received funding

View a list of projects that received funding and details of the funding provided (PDF, 86KB).