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Making Local Life Better Fund – OPEN

Fund Aims
The Making Local Life Better Fund is made up of money from many local private donor funds that the Community Foundation attracts and manages. Between them, donors fund a wide range of needs, but all aim to support local people and local communities.

The grants are between £500 and £3000 and split into two categories for you to apply for:

Category One: One off/specific projects or items

This application form is for one-off costs: a single item purchase such as new equipment, a new pilot / trial project. Applications will be reviewed at quarterly panels and you will be notified of the outcome.

Available Funding
Grants are available across Leicestershire and Rutland for up to £3,000 and must be spent within a year of
receiving the grant.


This is a rolling programme with no deadlines. Applications will be reviewed at quarterly panel meetings.

To apply to Category 1, click HERE

Category Two: Core Operating Costs

This annual organisation overview form will tell us about your everyday work and running costs. Your details will be held securely on our database and presented to donors upon their request. This is a rolling process so you will only hear if you are successful and this could be at any point in the year.
Available Funding
Let us know your full annual costings; however any funding awarded will only be a small proportion towards
this (£500 to £3,000) and must be spent within a year of receiving the grant.

To apply to Category 2 click HERE


Eligible groups may apply to both categories but must complete two separate application forms based on each
category criteria above.


Please fully read the **Making Local Life Better Eligibility and Guidance 2021** 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