I want to fund activities, initiatives and projects that can make a real difference to the quality of life for some of our communities in Leicester, particularly underserved communities that are usually considered “hard to reach” or “difficult to engage”. I want to support innovative projects, addressing a genuine need that isn't being met in other ways.
I'd like to hear from those who can help achieve the vision of a city with a sense of shared identity, common purpose and civic responsibility; that can help refresh and renew the Council's relations with the Voluntary and Community Sector; projects that can help make Leicester a welcoming and accepting place for new and emerging communities and enable flexible, imaginative and innovative responses to challenges and opportunities facing the Council, citizens and communities of Leicester.
Individuals are not eligible for this fund but can partner with an organisation to be eligible.
We are looking for creative ideas that help us to deliver our vision locally in the St Matthews Estate of Leicester.
We have a funding pot of £5,000 shared between this fund and a St Matthews resident fund.
We want organisation to work with local people in the community to achieve their project delivery.
Our Vision -
1. To contribute to a cleaner and greener neighbourhood
2. To contribute to increase local residents feelings of safety and security
3. To celebrate diversity, talent and creativity
4. To increase community cohesion on the estate
Please note that we particularly interested in supporting:
Projects from less affluent communities - we only pledge to projects in areas where there is considerable need
Projects which can demonstrate long term impact - we rarely pledge to events for this reason
We want to fund work that brings communities together and has a lasting impact on the local area and local people. We are open-minded about the type of projects that pitch to our fund but we need to see genuine support and demand from the community. This can be demonstrated in number of pledges made, support on the project page, social media or the number of people engaged in the project. We are particularly interested in supporting projects from less affluent communities where the project helps to provide spaces and opportunities for the community to come together. Examples could be opportunities to develop new skills, improve well-being, increase green space, engage with arts and culture or for different groups in the community to meet (such as older and younger people).
New friendships blossom, more vibrant places for people to meet and live, a greater sense of local pride, more connections between people, less isolation, people feel safer and more supported, people feel their voices are heard.
1) Explain clearly how your project will have a long-lasting impact in the community after the project has been delivered. For example, will members of the community have more opportunities to engage with arts and culture beyond the duration of the project?
2) Explain how your project will have a positive impact on members of the community not directly involved in the project. For example, if new skills are developed will they be shared with other extended members of the community?