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Making Local Life Better Fund (previously Donor Matching Scheme) – Temporarily Closed


The Making Local Life Better Fund is closed temporarily for applications as we focus on supporting local  charitable and voluntary groups through the Coronavirus crisis, which has affected so many of the communities you work in and with. We are still giving many grants, both from our Coronavirus Support Fund (made up of National Emergency Trust and local donations) and from other Funds.

If your services and beneficiaries have been impacted by the current pandemic, and you are delivering emergency support or are altering the way you are delivering your current services, please visit:


General Information on The Making Local Life Better Fund

This small grants programme matches applications from local charitable organisations to the private donor funds that the Community Foundation manages.

There are no set themes or criteria because each donor fund has different aims. Some prefer to support specific projects; some will fund running costs. They may focus on one geographical area, or they may support any need in Leicestershire and Rutland.

What they share is a wish to support local people, local communities and the often “unsung unseen” local groups that meet local needs.


Grant Size Funding requests of up to £3,000 are considered.


Please read the **Making Local Life Better Eligibility and Guidance** before submitting an application.


If you have previously submitted an application to us through the Donor Matching Scheme, please email us at for your Application ID and Password. This will speed up your application process as some information will automatically be filled in.


If you have any questions or need help applying, please email the grants team at


Please note that we manage around 50 different family and company funds, and many donors make decisions themselves. We will always try to match a good application where possible, but it may take us some time to find the right donor match and there is never any guarantee of funding.