Apply for share of £43k for community projects

Published Thursday 2 September 2021

A share of £43,000 for local projects is up for grabs by community groups, parish councils, schools and charities. 

Harborough District Council is inviting applications for its Community Grant Fund, an inclusive fund, open to voluntary and community groups and made up of funding from the Harborough Lotto, and the Government’s New Homes Bonus paid to areas with new housing.

Grant funding plaqueApplications must meet the criteria of enabling a healthy, inclusive, and engaged community – open to all Parishes, and voluntary and community groups:

  • Improve spaces and places that are important to the community – for example, improvements to parks and community spaces and facilities (except for benches, noticeboards, bins, repairs and maintenance, which will not be funded)
  • Projects that support young people aged 11 years old or over, with regard to mental health issues related to anxiety and self-image and projects that help combat childhood inactivity or provide a diversionary activity 

Cllr Simon Whelband, Harborough District Council’s Cabinet lead on wellbeing, communities and housing, said: “It is important we look to improve the wellbeing of people in our communities across the district, particularly young people; this a significant pot of funding and I strongly encourage those with suitable projects, which fit the criteria, to apply.”

Projects should be seeking funding up to £2,500 and should be match funded up to 25 per cent.

Applications must be received before the deadline of Friday 26 November 2021, after which a grants panel will decide which applications should receive funding, and if part, or all, of the money should be allocated.

Full criteria details, and application forms, are available on the Harborough District Council website at