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How We’ve Helped

To date, the Community foundation has given over £4.6 million to local charities and community groups in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Here is a list of groups we've funded within the last year:

Groups Purpose of Grant Fund Awarded (£)
Confident Communities For the implementation and delivery of a holistic peer support project working to assist young people into work. Apex Fund 3,000
Falcon Support Services For the delivery of up-cycling workshops to engage vulnerable and hard to reach young people, to develop confidence, as well as social, creative and practical skills. Apex Fund 3,964
HQ Can To fund studio time and staff costs for a project working to engage unemployed young people aged up to 24 and ex-offenders. Apex Fund 3,500
Zinthiya Ganeshpanchan Trust To fund a project providing training and skills development opportunities for young adults not in education or employment, including food hygiene and health and safety courses. Apex Fund 3,000
De Montfort University To support DMU students in financial need who require overseas travel to expand their educational insight or future employment potential. In memory of Ben Lazarus who was a student at DMU. Ben Lazarus DMU Fund 291
Abel Camp, for physically Disabled children and Young People To fund a range of equipment including new beds, replacement tents and games. The group offers holidays to physically disabled children. Bobby Dhanjal Foundation 700
Special Needs Integration Projects - SNIPS Hinckley Towards a residential break to Dukes Barn in Derbyshire, for young people between the ages of 3-17 with a range of learning and physical disabilities. Bobby Dhanjal Foundation 700
Action Homeless To set up an art therapy project for people experiencing homelessness. Bobby Dhanjal Foundation& Leicestershire Fund 2,151
Global Education Derby To fund a school initiative working to reduce intolerance and prejudice, promote positive cohesion, interaction and understanding between groups of different religions and ethnicities across forty schools. Building a Stronger Britain Together 19,150
Grimsby Town Football in the Community Sports and Education Trust To fund a project working to tackle elements of far-right extremism in the sporting sphere and wider community, delivering activities where diverse groups can mix in a safe environment, fostering understanding and positive cohesion. Building a Stronger Britain Together 50,000
Shama Womens Centre For the delivery of a 12 month programme to foster the creative skills and interests of BME women through a range of creative workshops and activities that promote interfaith and cultural harmony in Leicester. Building a Stronger Britain Together 48,916
High Impact Education Services Ltd To cover staff costs associated with the Enterprise Education Project working with vulnerable young people in Market Harborough to develop enterprise skills and build confidence. Cambridge & Counties Bank Foundation 5,000
Turtle Dove Cambridge A contribution towards the full time employment of a staff member, which will enable Turtle Dove to build on their work supporting women in confidence building and employability skills. Cambridge & Counties Bank Foundation 5,000
Centre for Fun & Families Limited To fund the running and delivery costs of engagement work in Rutland which will support parents and young people suffering from anxiety issues. Children on the Edge Fund 4,209
FareShare Leicester To cover the food and delivery costs of a holiday hunger project, providing meals to families over the summer holiday period. Comic Relief Local Communities Fund 5,000
Goldhill Play Association To provide a range of support and activities to young people aged 5 - 19 with additional needs, behavioural problems and physical and mental difficulties. Comic Relief Local Communities Fund 5,000
Home-Start South Leicestershire To fund a parent counselling service offering one to one psychotherapeutic support for parents with severe emotional and psychological needs. Comic Relief Local Communities Fund 5,000
Leicester Art Zone To fund a project working to integrate asylum seekers and local residents through art sessions, and a culminating exhibition. Comic Relief Local Communities Fund 4,981
Market Overton Play Area Association (Mopaa) To fund the purchase and replacement of play equipment for an outdoor play area in a rurally isolated community. Comic Relief Local Communities Fund 5,000
Melton And District Money Advice Centre To provide funding towards the running costs of the money advice centre, including sessional worker wages and professional membership costs. Comic Relief Local Communities Fund 5,000
Minnies Friends To fund coordinator costs in order to develop volunteering opportunities, and to improve skills of both new and existing volunteers. Comic Relief Local Communities Fund 4,987
Soft Touch To fund a twelve week project at Leicester Prison to help particularly vulnerable prisoners create their own artwork around the theme of healthy positive living. Comic Relief Local Communities Fund 3,236
Strides! To fund specialised exercise and nutrition for vulnerable and disabled people in order to encourage them to feel better about themselves, and build their confidence to take on positive roles within family and community. Comic Relief Local Communities Fund 3,273
The Quetzal Project To enable the organisation to lease additional office space, doubling its capacity to carry out counselling activities for women survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Comic Relief Local Communities Fund 4,995
Mayfields Lifeskills Centre To fund an inclusive summer camp in Rutland across all age-groups with the main aim of helping people with a disability to access a variety of sports and recreational activities. Coventry Building Society Fund & Sport Relief Community Cash 2016 2,750
Money Matters Leicester Towards the running costs of the organisation, which provides debt advice to people in West Leicester. Anonymous 850
Olive Branch Club To fund a Christmas lunch outing for 24 members of an older person's social club. Hanwill Fund 504
The Little Explorers Activity Club To fund a range of activity days for autistic children and their families. Hanwill Fund & Ian & Caroline McAlpine Community Fund 1,471
Healing Little Hearts Towards the running costs of the charity which provides Free Heart Surgery to needy babies and children. High Sheriff of Leicestershire Fund 2,100
Rainbow's Hospice for Young People A contribution to the running costs of a hospice providing care for terminally ill children and young people. High Sheriff of Leicestershire Fund 2,100
Home-Start Melton and Rutland Towards the general costs of the charity which supports vulnerable families during times of crisis. High Sheriff of Rutland's Fund 889
Hope Against Cancer Towards the running costs of the charity. High Sheriff of Rutland's Fund 1,716
Leicester Charity Link Towards the work of Leicester Charity Link, which helps local people and children who are in desperate situations, by providing basic items such as beds, cookers and food in emergencies. High Sheriff of Rutland's Fund 889
LOROS Towards the running costs of LOROS hospice, which provides a range of quality services and a relaxing environment for patients. High Sheriff of Rutland's Fund 1,500
Thorpe Hall Hospice Towards the general costs of the Hospice which offers a range of support to patients and their families including inpatient care, a day service for those with long-term conditions and support in the community. High Sheriff of Rutland's Fund 889
Warning Zone Towards the general costs of the life skills centre which works with year 6 pupils. High Sheriff of Rutland's Fund 3,216
ENRYCH To help set up and pilot a chair based exercise group, aimed specifically at people with disabilities in North West Leicestershire. Hill Osborne Fund 1,030
St Andrews Play Association To fund the provision of free fruit once a week to children at an open-access play provision. Hill Osborne Fund 520
BeScience STEM To fund a programme of interactive science, technology, engineering and maths workshops in local libraries for children aged 6-12 and their families. Ian & Caroline McAlpine Community Fund, Hive Foundation (in memory of Grant Wilkinson) & Leicestershire Fund 3,000
Clash 2012 To fund the costs of a Christmas meal for children who suffer from juvenile arthritis and their families. Ian & Caroline McAlpine Community Fund 1,100
Rosebery St. Peter's Community Centre Limited To fund the purchase and installation of two electrical fan heaters for a community centre that facilitates meetings of diverse groups. Ian & Caroline McAlpine Community Fund 1,000
Leicester Centre for Independent Living Towards Choice Unlimited, an annual Independent Living Market Place Event, for Disabled People, Older People and their Families and Carers. Jamie Lewis Fund 401
Friends of Newbold Verdon To fund running costs for an older person's lunch and social club, which helps to reduce isolation and gives members a chance to meet and make new friends. John Laing Foundation 800
Inclusive Youth To fund the provision of an evening support group for young people aged 11-18 with significant disabilities in Market Harborough. John Laing Foundation 1,000
Melton And District Money Advice Centre To provide funding towards the running costs of the money advice centre, including liability insurance. John Laing Foundation 1,000
Wriggle Dance Theatre To fund a series of community dance and movement workshops for families in Leicester. John Laing Foundation & Leicestershire Fund 1,500
SDSA Foundation To support work in schools to promote pupil participation, active citizenship and demonstrating a duty of concern for others. Leicester Learning Fund 1,536
Angels and Monsters To fund building/bathroom renovation costs for the group working with NEETS, families with young children and teen parents to raise aspirations and encourage them into education. Leicestershire Fund 2,750
CLASP; The Carers Centre To fund art sessions attended by carers including sessional staff costs, volunteer mileage costs and craft materials. Leicestershire Fund 715
Coalville Education Partnerships To fund the development of partnerships between the group, which offers education packages to young people who are struggling to reach their potential in mainstream education, and other alternative providers and Behavioural Inclusion Units. Leicestershire Fund 2,739
Drum And Brass C.I.C. Towards a summer music club for 25 young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in Woodgate, Beaumont Leys and Gorse Hill. Leicestershire Fund 2,425
Fearon Community Association Ltd To fund the launch and 3 month pilot of an art and craft class project for adults with mental health difficulties. Leicestershire Fund 588
Fearon Community Association Ltd To fund the running costs of an art and craft class project for adults with mental health difficulties, following its successful pilot. Leicestershire Fund & LRCF Fund 2,350
Hobaan Foundation To set up art and cultural sessions aimed at Somali women with mental health difficulties who also experience social isolation. Leicestershire Fund 1,410
Homestart Blaby District, Oadby and Wigston To fund a day of training for six staff members who work to support vulnerable young families with complex needs. Leicestershire Fund 600
Ibstock Outlook Group To fund room hire costs and a trip for a group which supports older people at risk of being lonely and isolated. Leicestershire Fund 893
Leicester Art Zone To set up and deliver an arts workshop project educating asylum seekers about British values and culture. Leicestershire Fund, LRCF Fund & Anonymous 1,790
Leicester-shire & Rutland Sport To fund the delivery of a programme of physical activities to 80 elderly residents in care homes. Leicestershire Fund 2,930
Leicester Stroke Club Towards travel, carer and accommodation costs of a holiday to Torquay for a group of older people who have physical disabilities as a result of a stroke. Leicestershire Fund 2,150
Loughborough Youth Development Project To fund a steel storage container for donated items such as bikes and skateboards that students restore in the workshop and then keep on completion, as part of an alternative education provision for young people. Leicestershire Fund 1,500
New Leaf Triangle To fund therapeutic holiday family sessions for children with disabilities and learning difficulties. Leicestershire Fund & Lord Lieutenant's Fund for Leicestershire & Rutland 2,250
New Parks Community Panel To employ a qualified chef to work alongside volunteers at the group's weekly lunch club at the New Parks Library, which is attended by older people, people on low incomes and those with disabilities. Leicestershire Fund 1,100
Northfields Play Association To provide funding towards a camping trip in Lincolnshire for children from deprived or at risk social backgrounds. Leicestershire Fund 1,575
Reality Youth Project To fund the purchase of Realcare babies and associated equipment. Realcare babies are used to deliver realistic parenting experience to vulnerable young people at risk of teenage pregnancy. Leicestershire Fund 1,689
Room For Music Studios To fund a free community music festival in Market Harborough, organised by young people to foster and develop their organisational and project management skills, and to provide music and arts-based services to those with limited access. Leicestershire Fund 2,250
Spirit At Play Towards shelters for horses used in therapeutic work supporting troubled, disadvantaged and vulnerable children and young people from socially challenging backgrounds. Leicestershire Fund & Ian & Caroline McAlpine Community Fund 1,400
Steps - Leicestershire Conductive Education Centre To help fund the purchase of sensory computer for the benefit of young children with motor disorder and associated physical impairments. Leicestershire Fund 1,500
Strides! To fund the expansion of a support group for children and young people with mental health problems. Leicestershire Fund 770
Takeover Radio Media Trust Towards the running costs of the trust which offers disengaged and hard to reach young people the opportunity of operating their own radio station and learning the associated skills. Leicestershire Fund 3,000
The Monday Club To fund rent costs for the group, which provides a safe and welcoming place for adults with Asperger Syndrome (part of the Autistic Spectrum) to meet and enjoy a wide range of social activities. Leicestershire Fund 2,340
The New Futures Project To fund crisis items for women exploited through sexual exploitation and prostitution, including underwear, sanitary protection, shower gel and wound dressings. Leicestershire Fund 2,000
The Quetzal Project Towards the costs of carrying out needs assessments which are required before service users, namely women survivors of childhood sexual abuse, can begin counselling with the organisation. Leicestershire Fund 1,146
The Way Of The Horse Therapeutic Centre Funding is requested for the purchase of a special saddle used in sessions working with children with severe autism, anxiety and depression and ADHD. Leicestershire Fund & Ian & Caroline McAlpine Community Fund 2,500
Albert Street Artists To fund the ongoing costs of running a self-help, arts therapy group for adult individuals who all have personal experience of long term mental health issues. Leicestershire Fund, Hanwill Fund, LRCF & Hill Osborne Funds 3,373
Pink Lizard Developing Youth And Community To deliver an early crime prevention project working to engage difficult to reach young people who are not in employment or education. Leicestershire Police Chief Constable's Fund & LRCF Fund 2,500
Cosmopolitan Carnival Arts Towards the delivery of community workshops associated with a Chinese New Year events programme. LRCF Fund 1,000
Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust To fund the construction of a floating bird raft at Rutland Water Nature Reserve to increase the number of breeding gulls and terns. LRCF Fund 2,000
Punjabi Cultural Society Towards a Vaisakhi event at Braunstone Civic Centre which will be open to group members and the local community, to break down barriers and bring people together to learn more about each other’s culture and customs. LRCF Fund 450
Active Melton To fund the purchase of bikes and other sporting equipment to be used for fitness activity sessions for young schoolchildren. Mars in the Community Fund - Waltham 1,475
Barrowby Scouts To fund a hostelling and outdoor experience trip for a scout group including activities for healthy eating and a chef's badge. Mars in the Community Fund - Waltham 600
Somerby Parish Council To fund the clearing and redevelopment of a local pond area in Somerby Village. Mars in the Community Fund - Waltham 2,000
The Children's Food Trust Towards the purchase of two food trolleys and consultant time associated with a healthy eating/cookery project. Mars in the Community Fund – Waltham Mars in the Community Fund- Melton 1,500
Birch Wood Special School To build an outdoor, natural 'mud kitchen' for students attending a special needs school, to provide a stimulating outdoor learning environment. Mars in the Community Fund- Melton 500
Brooke Hill Academy Nursery To fund building and installation of an adventure play area at a nursery. Mars in the Community Fund- Melton 1,500
Empingham Dog Training Club To provide hi-vis jackets for owners and light up collars for dogs as part of a safety campaign. Mars in the Community Fund- Melton 1,000
Melton Learning Hub To fund the purchase of a bearded dragon and associated care equipment in order to deliver an animal care qualification. Mars in the Community Fund- Melton 736
Melton Learning Hub Towards the development of a dog paw wash area in Melton Learning Hub's Country Park Cafe. Mars in the Community Fund- Melton 4,000
Dementia Harborough Towards activity and running costs for the Dementia Cafe, Singing for Memories and Awayday Trips for people with dementia and their carers/family members. Meggitt Trust Fund 3,817
Voluntary Action South Leicestershire To provide a complementary therapy and wellbeing service for unpaid carers in Market Harborough. Meggitt Trust Fund 3,534
Voluntary Action South Leicestershire To provide "big days out" for the VASL Young Carers Club for 12-17 year olds. Meggitt Trust Fund 3,535
Canine Partners To engrave the name 'Neil Murphy Animal Welfare Fund' on the glass walkway at Canine Partners' Osgathorpe premises. Neil Murphy Animal Welfare Fund 250
Canine Partners To fund the purchase and training of a puppy 'Spud' to become a Canine Partners assistance dog and work with someone with a disability. Neil Murphy Animal Welfare Fund 5,000
Loughborough Cat Sanctuary Towards interim care and re-homing costs at the cat sanctuary. Neil Murphy Animal Welfare Fund 100
HQ Can To fund a project telling the story of the young refugees and asylum seekers in Leicester through music, poetry and film, allowing them to work with people from local communities to help educate people on the struggles that refugees and asylum seekers face. New Beginnings Round 2 5,000
The Baca Charity To fund the continuation and expansion of a sports project for 16-18 year old unaccompanied asylum seeking children (UASC), which brings a range of benefits including improved health, communication skills and community integration. New Beginnings Round 2 4,188
St Crispin's School Leicester To contribute to the cost of a bursary for a dyslexic child who could not otherwise afford to attend St Crispin's. Rebecca Winand Fund 1,913
The Laura Centre A contribution towards the costs of a drop-in facility for bereaved parents at the Laura Centre. Richi Rootz Foundation 828
Melton Learning Hub To fund ‘Construction in the Community/Employability’ Awards which will give young people the opportunity to learn skills preparing them for work or apprenticeships. Rutland & Melton Training Fund 10,000
Sustainable Land Trust To enable the trust to expand its work beyond its site at Burrough Court. Rutland & Melton Training Fund 10,000
Twenty/Twenty To provide funding towards travel for young people to allow them to attend the Twenty Twenty 'Lifeskills' centres in Loughborough and Leicester. Rutland & Melton Training Fund 3,000
Wheels to Work To help purchase scooters for the Wheels to Work scheme which enables people to get to work in areas where no public transport is available. Rutland & Melton Training Fund 7,000
Loughborough Youth Development Project To fund activity-based day trips to the National Space Centre and a trampolining centre for 25 vulnerable young people who have parents or siblings in prison or may have had a family member murdered, and who have emotional difficulties. Sir Timothy Brooks Fund 1,115
Sensational Vibes Towards an eight month carnival project, working to connect young people with arts, culture and heritage. Sir Timothy Brooks Fund & Sheila Collard Fund 500
edibLE16 Towards professional marketing support services and promotional events at schools and community buildings to boost orders for the local products edibLE16 sells. Social Enterprise Fund 3,000
Excluded Ltd To allow the development of marketing & advertising and update the organisation's websites, aimed at people excluded from mainstream provision including the homeless and/or disabled. Social Enterprise Fund 742
Falcon Centre To fund equipment and materials for a project customising and de-branding seized counterfeit goods from trading standards, which will help homeless, disadvantaged and unemployed people improve their skills. Social Enterprise Fund & Sir Timothy Brooks Fund 2,748
Room For Music Studios To fund the development of Room for Music's sustainability within their studio facility. Social Enterprise Fund 1,616
Houghton Bowls Club To fund handling equipment for indoor bowls mats, and to help with the installation of a door to resolve access issues to the equipment and venue. Sport Relief Community Cash 2016, Ian & Caroline McAlpine Community Fund, Leicestershire Fund, John Laing Foundation 2,807
Rutland Thunders To fund the purchase of a team kit, basketball equipment and venue hire for a basketball club working with disabled and disadvantaged young people. Sport Relief Community Cash 2016 & High Sheriff of Rutland's Fund 1,659
Sensational Vibes To fund venue hire and equipment for the project which encourages young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to take part in Leicester Caribbean Carnival. Sport Relief Community Cash 2016 1,000
Mr Mokhtar Mohamed Elareshi To fund a St Matthew's residents cycle together programme. St Matthew's Big Local Fund 500
Melton Learning Hub To fund the construction of a wooden fence, which will support development of further animal care facilities. Sycamore Fund 863
Belvoir Castle Cricket Trust To fund the delivery costs of cricket coaching sessions for young people and families in a rural setting. William Colton Youth Sport Fund 1,000
Desford Flyers Junior Athletics Club To fund the purchase of junior athletic equipment to be used by young people. William Colton Youth Sport Fund 972
Eyres Monsell Club for Young People To fund the purchase of sporting equipment such as bats, balls and goals for the club which serves young people aged 8-25 years old in a deprived area of Leicester city. William Colton Youth Sport Fund 1,149
Green Towers Hinckley Club 4 Young People To fund the training of seven young people to gain a National Climbing Wall Award (CWA) to enable them to practise and deliver sessions as climbing instructors. William Colton Youth Sport Fund 774
Gunns Community Gym For insurance costs and the purchase of new equipment for a boxing gym working with young people to build positive self esteem and community engagement. William Colton Youth Sport Fund Sir Timothy Brooks Fund 1,986
Leicestershire Karate Club To fund the purchase of floor mats and a container in order that karate club members including young people can continue to practise. William Colton Youth Sport Fund 1,000
Loughborough Youth Development Project To fund a general purpose trailer for transporting student bicycles and skateboards to professional skate-parks around the country, and to provide protective equipment such as knee pads and helmets. William Colton Youth Sport Fund 1,500
Shepshed Amateur Boxing Club Towards age appropriate sport equipment for children and young people at the boxing club. William Colton Youth Sport Fund 1,000
The Loughborough Leggo Youth Group To fund a range of sport and access equipment for young people with physical, mild learning and social interaction difficulties. William Colton Youth Sport Fund 1,150
Waterfront Sports and Education Academy To fund the purchase of mats used in a sports facility working with young people and those from low income communities. William Colton Youth Sport Fund 1,000
Waterfront Sports and Education Academy To fund renovation work at a boxing gym that works with young people who find it difficult to engage with mainstream education. William Colton Youth Sport Fund & Sir Timothy Brooks Fund 2,650
2funky music cafe To fund an accredited volunteer events management training programme for young people aged 16-20. Youth Social Action Fund 5,000
Coalville Education Partnerships For a mentor training programme that includes work experience opportunities for young people from socially deprived and excluded backgrounds. Youth Social Action Fund 5,000
Eyres Monsell Club for Young People To fund a project for young volunteers who will develop and deliver a programme of activities for older people on the estate, developing their skills and fostering inter-generational community cohesion. Youth Social Action Fund 5,000
Melton Learning Hub To fund a project to develop youth volunteers by engaging them in the organisation, coordination and delivery of a number of community events. Youth Social Action Fund 5,000
Room For Music Studios To fund a free community music festival in Market Harborough, organised by young people for young people in 2017. Youth Social Action Fund 5,000
The Enterprise Centre To fund a project which will train and mentor young volunteers to engage with people suffering from Dementia and provide fun social activities. Youth Social Action Fund 5,000