Funding from building projects

Funding from the Community Grant Fund

There is £50k in the Community Grant Fund for 2018/19


Criteria – Enabling a healthy, inclusive and engaged community.

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

Projects must support one or more corporate objectives below:

  • Increased participation in physical activity
  • Enable the voluntary sector to support vulnerable people
  • Stronger Communities: Liaise with parishes to understand local need and enable them to provide services in their locality

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.
  • Organisations who have not received grant funding in the previous 2 years will be given extra weight in the scoring process.
  • Funding for staffing costs is not encouraged unless it can be demonstrated that it is instrumental to the delivery of the project.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.

How much can you apply for

Applicants should be requesting a minimum of £1,000 and a maximum of £5,000.


Closing Date for Applications

The closing date for applications is Thursday 22nd November, 2018.


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

To Apply

1. Download and complete the Community Grant Fund application form (DOC, 251KB) 

2. Grant application guidance notes (PDF, 108KB) have also been written to assist with grant applications - we strongly recommend that you refer to these when completing your form.

3. Email your completed application to , by Thursday 22nd November 2018


Projects that have previously received funding

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