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We set up local family and company charitable funds, at less cost than setting up a separate charity.   Each fund is named and directed by the donor and gives grants to local charitable groups of the donor’s choice.  We do this to build and maintain a healthy, safe and thriving Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

How We Do It

  1. Funds
  1. Financial Management
  1. endowment funds, where donations are invested for income to support local causes
  2. expendable funds, where donations are spent on local causes within a timescale
  1. Grant Giving

To set up your own personally named fund or to find out more about giving, contact Katy Green, Chief Executive on 0116 26 24 916 or email Katy Green.

For a current list of donors and funds, please see the drop down menu below.

Apex Works

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Apex Works aims to address barriers that stop vulnerable and marginalised people achieving employment. The fund seeks to help them improve their prospects in the labour market, to relieve and prevent poverty through employment, and appropriate training.

Arts Fund

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The aim of this fund is to support projects providing arts activities for communities in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

Ben Lazarus DMU Fund

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This fund works to support DMU students in financial need who require overseas travel to expand their educational insight or future employment potential.

Byrch’s Charity

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This fund works to support groups helping to alleviate issues of poverty in 3 Rutland parishes.

Cambridge & Counties Bank Foundation

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The Foundation will support and work with charitable groups that develop employability and business skills among children and young adults.

CAP Fund

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Giving from this fund supports educational projects including sports, music and other after school activity.

On the Edge

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On the Edge is a fund supporting children and young people who have experienced serious trauma and/or who are involved in the care system.

City of Leicester Education Fund

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Giving from this fund supports the education of young people in Leicester city.

Comic Relief Large Grants

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This fund supports a range of needs, offering 2-year funding opportunities to schemes tackling disadvantage in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Comic Relief Local Communities programme

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This fund works to support projects tackling disadvantage and aims to empower people in areas of economic and social deprivation.  The fund offers support to projects in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

Coventry Building Society

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This fund supports small charities and community groups across Leicestershire and Rutland aiming to improve quality of life. Projects working with young people aged 14-25, disabled, older people and in disadvantaged neighbourhoods are particularly welcomed.

Creative Breaks Fund

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This fund works to provide respite holidays for disabled children in Rutland.

East Midlands Chamber Fund

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The new President of East Midlands Chamber has selected three charities from across Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire to benefit from fundraising activities for the East Midlands Chamber Charitable Fund over the next year.

Eileen Richards MBE has chosen Chesterfield Samaritans, Help the Homeless Leicester and Nottinghamshire Hospice as part of the Chamber’s Charitable Fund for 2021.

She made the announcement at the Chamber’s Annual General Meeting on Friday 11 December as she was inducted as the new President.

Eileen said: “I am delighted to introduce my three chosen charities during my presidential year as Chesterfield Samaritans, Help the Homeless Leicester and Nottinghamshire Hospice.

“Supporting charitable causes is incredibly important to me and the work that these three charities are doing is making a life-changing, positive impact to the members in our society that they support.

“I am really looking forward to working alongside these fantastic organisations and already have plans and ideas.”

Eileen, who owns ER Recruitment in Leicester, is also a trustee of Hope Against Cancer and a committee member for the Wooden Spoon Leicester charity.

*East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire)


The Chamber’s Charitable Fund, which was set up in 2015 to give the Chamber a platform for supporting member charities, is administered by Chamber member Leicestershire and Rutland Community Foundation.

In 2020, the East Midlands Chamber Fund supported the Chesterfield Canal Trust, The Mighty Creatives and Young Enterprise East Midlands, with a total of £2,868 raised during the year.

Previous Charitable Fund recipients are:

2019 recipients:

  • Twenty Twenty

2018 recipients:

  • Hope Against Cancer
  • Leicester and Leicestershire Animal Aid
  • Rhubarb Farm

2017 recipients:

  • LOROS Hospice
  • Maggies of Nottingham
  • Blythe House Hospice

2016 recipients:

  • Ashgate Hospice
  • RSPCA Chesterfield and North Derbyshire Branch
  • Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People

Efficient Charitable Portfolio

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Efficient Portfolio, chartered financial planners in Rutland, has set up the Efficient Charitable Portfolio. Efficient Charitable Portfolio will raise money to give to communities in Rutland and London, where Efficient Portfolio have offices. National charities that their staff and clients nominate will also be supported. Money raised will be through donations from staff and clients.

The Erskine Murray Foundation

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The Erskine Murray Foundation has been set up to support local young people aged 13-18 facing challenges such as abuse, violence, exploitation or housing & homelessness issues. Staff voted overwhelmingly to help this age group and are also interested in supporting them through sport & recreation projects. They will nominate charities each year.

The Excellent Fund

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The Excellent Fund will offer several small grants each year to support young individuals in Rutland who need something specific to start or grow their business, such as a piece of equipment, license or some training.


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The Hanwill fund supports projects on any theme within Leicestershire and Rutland.

High Sheriff of Rutland’s Fund

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The Rutland High Sheriff’s Fund offers support to a range of local needs in the county of Rutland.

Hill Osborne

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This fund offers support to projects within Leicestershire and Rutland on any theme.

Hitachi Capital Leicestershire

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This fund works to support a range of local needs within Leicestershire.

Hive Foundation (in memory of Grant Wilkinson)

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The Hive Foundation supports charitable causes within Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. It is currently prioritising children’s breakfast clubs.

Hope Fund

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The Hope Fund supports charities and organisations within Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland that offer hope and opportunity to human and non-human animals.


Jamie Lewis Fund

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The Jamie Lewis fund supports projects focusing on homelessness in Leicester City.

Jean Richmond Memorial Fund

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To support young children and adults who have overcome challenging circumstances or events or who have shown initiative in putting the needs of others first.

John Laing Foundation

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This fund works to support homelessness, education, disadvantaged young people 4-18 years and Community Regeneration projects.

John Salmon

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This fund offers support to emerging social enterprises and children anywhere within Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicester Asian Business Association Fund (LABA Fund)

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This fund aims to offer support to the elderly and children as well as those affected by cancer.

Leicester Learning Fund

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The aims of this fund are to enhance opportunities for children and young people in the city, with an emphasis on educational projects.

The Leicester Learning Fund offers the following small grants to schools:

  • School Council Grants
  • School Linking Grants
  • Personal Support Grants

These small grants support work in schools that promote pupil participation, active citizenship and demonstrate a duty of concern for others.
Applications for up to £500 in each category will be considered.

For more information visit their website:

Leicestershire Fund

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This fund offers support to a range of local needs within Leicester city and County.

Leicestershire Police Chief Constable’s Fund

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This fund works to support crime prevention.

Lord Lieutenant's Fund for Leicestershire and Rutland

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This fund offers support to a range of projects within Leicestershire and Rutland on any theme.

Mars in the Community

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Mars in the Community offers support to projects and groups local to their facilities in Melton and Waltham. The scheme is currently under review and more details will be published soon.

Meggitt Trust

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Support is offered to projects providing respite for carers who are caring for people of any age suffering from any disability or illness and who live in Market Harborough and the surrounding 5 mile radius.

Mental Health, Wellbeing & Learning Disability Social Enterprise Fund

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This fund supports people who have experienced mental health difficulties and/or learning disability. The fund offers help to projects taking place in Leicester city and county and in Rutland.

Mukti Foundation

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This fund work to support older people in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland through the Royal Voluntary Service.

Neil Murphy Animal Welfare Fund

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This fund supports animal welfare projects in the City and Counties.

Rebecca Winand Fund

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Set up in memory of Rebecca Winand, this fund helps young people who may need extra support in their education through a bursary scheme at St Crispin’s School.

Red Nose Day Community Cash

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This fund works to support a range of projects tackling disadvantage in communities.

Richi Rootz Foundation

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The Richi Rootz Foundation is set up in memory of Richard Harper, or Richi Rootz as he was known, a Leicester based musician. It provides support for younger stroke victims and for arts projects.

Richard Bonney Literary Fund

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The Richard Bonney Literary Fund provides small grants for scholars in the research fields of racial and/or religious harmony in multi-faith and multicultural societies.

For more information and to apply – please click here

Rutland and Melton Training Fund (RAMEC)

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Giving from this fund focusses on projects making work and training opportunities accessible for young people in Melton and Rutland.

SEGRO Centenary Fund

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SEGRO is a leading owner, manager and developer of warehousing and industrial space,

The SEGRO Centenary Fund will focus on community projects in North West Leicestershire which help young and disadvantaged people into employment and will create community spaces to support people’s training, health and wellbeing.  However, in the first year, funds will be used to help a variety of charities in the area to provide basic necessities, such as food, medicines and household essentials, and to support other initiatives which will help alleviate the impact of the Coronavirus crisis.

Sir Timothy Brooks

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Support is offered to projects in Leicestershire and Rutland working with young people, families and those with alcohol and substance misuse issues. Support is also offered towards apprenticeship schemes.

Smallman and Son Foundation

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Company and staff will support groups in their local community of Syston.

Social Enterprise Fund

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This fund works to support the development and growth of social enterprises in the county.

Surviving Winter

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This fund is currently working to help the elderly and families in crisis.

Sycamore Fund

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This fund was set up by an anonymous donor, with beneficiaries yet to be defined.

The Barbara Keene Fund

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This fund works to support projects in the City and Counties involving children aged up to 10 years old.

The Sheila Collard Fund

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This fund works to support projects involving young people aged 14-25.

William Colton Youth Sports Fund

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To fund sports projects undertaken by clubs, societies or groups for the benefit of young people between the ages of 5 and 21, particularly in areas of deprivation.

Women in Philanthropy (WiP)

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Launched and run by Leicestershire and Rutland Community Foundation, Women in Philanthropy is a network of women building a sustainable fund to support 3 local charities per year. In 2017, the chosen WiP charities are Centre for Fun & Families; New Dawn New Day and The Evington Centre ward for advanced dementia.