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How We’ve Helped

To date, the Community foundation has given over £4.95 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 (£)
Out Of Hours Club Rutland For three personal assistants to help Out of Hours Club Rutland support special/additional needs young adults to get together and go out 'independently' carrying out a range of different social activities. Anonymous, LRCF Fund, Ian & Caroline McAlpine Community Fund 1,080
Leicester Stroke Club To cover the costs of art and craft sessions for people who have suffered strokes. The aim of the activity is to improve hand/eye coordination and reduce social isolation. Arts Fund, Leicestershire Fund 1,886
The Carers Centre For an art exhibition featuring work produced by young carers. Arts Fund, Barbara Keene Fund 358
De Montfort University To support DMU students in financial need who require overseas travel to expand their educational insight or future employment potential. Ben Lazarus DMU Fund 1,091
Northfields Play Association A contribution towards general running costs of the organisation, which provides safe stimulating activities for children 5-15 years both inside and outdoors. Bobby Dhanjal Foundation 600
Steps - Leicestershire Conductive Education Centre Towards the general running costs of STEPS, a specialist centre for children with motor learning disabilities and delays. Bobby Dhanjal Foundation 1,000
Al-hurraya For the delivery of a four week workshop to facilitate with Muslim children aged between 12 and 22 around the local mosques within Nottingham. Building a Stronger Britain Together 4,800
Communities Inc CIC To provide skills and confidence training and mentoring to young adults, including those having left prison within the last 12 months who are vulnerable to the ideologies of extreme right wing groups. Building a Stronger Britain Together 7,300
Goldhill Play Association To fund the development and delivery of a project working to engage and integrate children and young people from different cultural backgrounds and ethnic groups. Building a Stronger Britain Together 20,338
JUST Lincolnshire For a project that will bring together people from a diverse range of backgrounds to explore a common sense of belonging, recognise and challenge discrimination (particularly that can result in Hate Crime) through the capture of individual stories and case studies. Building a Stronger Britain Together 13,458
Nottingham Health and Education Support For a project with children and young people from the Muslim faith in the inner City of Nottingham creating opportunities for them to work and play with other children and young people from new and emerging communities. Building a Stronger Britain Together 3,660
Pakistan Youth and Community Association (PYCA) To fund a programme to build resilience in communities, by educating families on the importance of shared values, communication and understanding radicalisation and its harmful effects. Building a Stronger Britain Together 3,877
Somali Development Services To fund a project providing activities to Somali mothers and girls and other new arrivals in Leicester to reduce isolation, increase their resilience and improve shared values. Building a Stronger Britain Together 5,454
St Philip's Centre To recruit and train leaders from a range of Leicester faith communities to steer and encourage their peers on issues of community cohesion and pluralism. Building a Stronger Britain Together 14,500
Switch Up CIC Free boxing sessions for young people and children from all ethnic and race backgrounds, particularly those who may be more vulnerable to extremist views and living in the most deprived areas of Nottingham. Building a Stronger Britain Together 4,010
Takeover Radio Media Trust To fund a collaborative one day multi-cultural event called '1 City, 1 Celebration' to bring together all the different communities living in Leicester, and represent local community groups Building a Stronger Britain Together 1,788
The Roger Begy Memorial Trust Helping young people in Rutland to meet their potential, e.g. achieving an apprenticeship, fulfilling an ambition in sport, music or the arts, overcoming financial constraints. Byrch's Charity Fund 2,742
Turtle Dove Cambridge For a new Events Co-ordinator post in order to increase event bookings and referrals, and enable further development of a marketing strategy for this CIC which trains and supports young women in catering skills. Cambridge & Counties Bank Foundation 6,500
B Squadron Corps Of Drums, LNR ACF Ten new drums for the group, which teaches marching band style music to young people aged 12-17 years old who are members of the Army Cadet Force. CAP Fund 1,500
Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust For the continuation and expansion of the Rutland Osprey Education Project. The project works to deliver a range of educational activities to schools based on nature and the natural environment. CAP Fund 5,900
Loughborough Youth Development Project Towards the cost of visiting a skate park as part of the activities provided by the group, which supports young people who are out of mainstream education. CAP Fund 765
Melton Mowbray Mencap To support the Thursday Youth Club, working with young people aged between 13 and 18 years old with learning disabilities ranging from moderate to profound and multiple. The group provides a safe space to be independent and build confidence and socialising skills. CAP Fund 3,000
Reality Youth Project Six sex and relationship courses for young people, covering sessional wages, travel expenses, materials, resources, refreshments and contribution to office costs. CAP Fund 2,000
Steps - Leicestershire Conductive Education Centre Towards the cost of weekly sessions of dance and movement with a specialised provider, for children with motor learning disabilities. CAP Fund 3,000
The Baca Charity Towards the cost of a residential trip for 18 young people and 7 support workers. The charity cares for 16-18 year old Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children arriving in the UK. CAP Fund 2,650
Twenty/Twenty For the Love4Life project: supporting girls at risk of or currently involved in anti-social behaviour, grooming or trafficking. Children on the Edge Fund 5,000
BeScience STEM Three months’ rent and volunteer costs for the group, which provides a programme of events in the community about Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. City of Leicester Education Fund 2,800
SDSA Foundation For the Pathways Project, which supports identified young people from challenging, deprived backgrounds and sets them on a pathway to education and employment. City of Leicester Education Fund 4,000
Leicester City of Sanctuary To cover costs of a coordinator who will work to support the strategic development of the organisation. Comic Relief Local Communities Fund 3,000
Leicester South Foodbank To fund a development manager who will enable growth and improved performance of the organisation. Comic Relief Local Communities Fund 4,910
Out Of Hours Club Rutland To raise awareness of the group and increase membership through promotional activities. Comic Relief Local Communities Fund 2,288
The Monday Club Towards management costs for organisational development activities for this social group for people diagnosed as having an Autistic Spectrum Condition. Comic Relief Local Communities Fund 2,539
The Parish Community Hub To help create a community led consortia through business development and planning, including a model for long-term financial sustainability. Comic Relief Local Communities Fund 3,500
Eyres Monsell Club for Young People To cover the costs of support staff who run and facilitate sessions with young people who have a range of disabilities and additional needs, providing a safe space for socialising and peer support. Coventry Building Society Fund 1,498
Blythe House Hospice Towards the hospice, which offers free, individualised, holistic care and support for anyone in the High Peak living with cancer or other serious, life threatening illness. East Midlands Chamber Fund 1,000
LOROS Towards the running costs of LOROS whose aim is to enhance the quality of life of adult patients with cancer, progressive neurological conditions and end-stage organ failure for whom curative treatment is no longer possible. East Midlands Chamber Fund 1,000
Maggie's Nottingham For Maggie’s, a Centre which provides free practical, social and emotional support for people with cancer and their family and friends. East Midlands Chamber Fund 1,000
For Rutland In Rutland To fund a debt management/budgeting service. Efficient Charitable Portfolio 3,088
UNICEF A contribution towards the work of UNICEF, which advocates the protection of children's rights, to help meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential. Efficient Charitable Portfolio 3,088
Melton Learning Hub Towards an entrepreneurial 'eBay hub' project provided by the alternative learning centre, which offers young people a variety of vocational qualifications in practical subjects. Excellent Fund 250
Sustainable Land Trust For the purchase of a log splitter to further the work of the Trust with young people in a range of land based activities and training. Excellent Fund 200
Sustainable Land Trust For the entrepreneurial activities of two young people attending SLT, which provides land based skills and training to young people not in mainstream education. Excellent Fund 450
GCC Lunch Club (Greenhill Community Church) Transport and lunch/food costs for a one year period for an older person's social group. Hanwill Fund 800
Croft Happy Circle Venue hire for a social group, and a bus collection and drop-off service for the elderly and infirm in a rural community to enable them to attend. Hanwill Fund & Hill Osborne Fund 1,000
Coalville Education Partnerships Workshop delivery for young people who are struggling to reach their potential in mainstream education. Hanwill Fund, LRCF Fund, Leicestershire Fund 2,938
For Rutland In Rutland Towards the running costs of the specialist advice service in Rutland. The advisers assist with a range of problems to improve the overall wellbeing of clients. High Sheriff of Rutland's Fund 4,491
Hope Against Cancer Towards the running costs of Hope Against Cancer, Leicestershire and Rutland’s local cancer research charity. High Sheriff of Rutland's Fund 4,491
Knight School Foundation Towards the running costs of the organisation which aims for the advancement of education of children and young people aged six to eight years. High Sheriff of Rutland's Fund 750
Leicester Cathedral Charitable Trust Supporting Leicester Cathedral in general and as a fitting place of interment for the human remains of King Richard III of England. High Sheriff of Rutland's Fund 794
Warning Zone Towards the general costs of the life skills centre which works with year 6 pupils. High Sheriff of Rutland's Fund 4,491
Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland The Surviving Winter appeal helps those most in need during cold weather with donations towards heating bills, food and boiler repairs. High Sheriff of Rutland's Fund & Surviving Winter Fund 4,281
Leicester Charity Link The Surviving Winter appeal helps those most in need during cold weather with donations towards heating bills, food and boiler repairs. High Sheriff of Rutland's Fund & Surviving Winter Fund 4,281
Oasis Family Support Centre To fund the provision of a hot meal for nursery aged children and their parents attending a family group for six months. Hill Osborne Fund & Hanwill Fund 1,330
Alex's Wish Towards the running costs of the organisation, which works to eradicate Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy by raising funds and supporting research/clinical trial projects. Hope Fund 101
Loughborough Wellbeing Centre CIC (Ltd) To help provide support to adults who are recovering from mental health problems in the Charnwood area. Ian & Caroline McAlpine Community Fund, Lord Lieutenant's Fund for Leicestershire & Rutland, Anonymous 1,498
Rutland Foodbank A contribution to the running costs at the Foodbank distribution centre. Ian & Caroline McAlpine Community Fund, Hanwill Fund, Hill Osborne Fund & Anonymous 1,532
SDSA Foundation To support work in schools to promote pupil participation, active citizenship and demonstrating a duty of concern for others. Leicester Learning Fund 6,758
Anstey Youth Cafe To fund the ongoing running costs of the organisation in its work to provide young people with social and recreational activities. Leicestershire Fund 2,250
Bangladesh Social Association To fund the delivery of an older person's social group, including room hire and volunteer expenses. Leicestershire Fund 1,920
Drum And Brass C.I.C. Towards the running costs of a two-week arts activity club, with breakfast club and aftercare provision between 9 and 5 pm each day for children in the Saffron Lane area. Leicestershire Fund 2,460
Fearon Community Association Ltd For the purchase of screen dividers in a community space, to create a better space for activities and enable multiple groups to access the space at the same time. Leicestershire Fund 1,350
Friends of Newbold Verdon To fund the running costs of an older person's social group. Leicestershire Fund 1,000
Leicester-shire & Rutland Sport To fund the delivery of The Twilight Games: a programme of adapted activity to enable elderly residents in care settings to access sport and physical activity. Leicestershire Fund 2,980
Leicestershire Search and Rescue Towards the equipment required for training and handling search dogs used in search and rescue operations in Leicestershire and Rutland. Leicestershire Fund 1,209
Leicestershire Shared Reading Towards the running costs of the organisation, which delivers reading activities to reduce social isolation among members, including those suffering from depression and dementia. Leicestershire Fund 1,823
Loughborough Mela Group For a community arts event in Loughborough. Leicestershire Fund 1,285
Loughborough Youth Development Project Towards staffing costs of the organisation, an alternative education provider which uses urban street sports as a platform for learning and to support young people to get back into school. Leicestershire Fund 3,000
Measham Medical Unit Patient Participation Group To establish a regular singing group for Dementia patients and their carers. Leicestershire Fund 850
Melton Space For the purchase of tools, equipment and room hire for a community skills sharing and mending project. Leicestershire Fund 1,995
Peter Le Marchant Trust To fund a replacement heating system for Serenade - a specially adapted boat used for holidays and day trips for disabled people. Leicestershire Fund 1,500
The Exaireo Trust To fund canoeing equipment to enable low cost day trips for the group which provides supported accommodation where residents have either been homeless, or at a high risk of becoming homeless and are unemployed. Leicestershire Fund 2,000
Cotesbach Educational Trust To fund a programme of activities themed on Indian Independence, to build cultural partnerships and celebrate diversity and excellence in the arts. Leicestershire Fund 1,340
Ashby Arts Festival (sub group of Ashby Town Team) For a community arts festival in Ashby. Leicestershire Fund & Anonymous 2,000
Oaks in Charnwood Senior Citizens Group The cost of bus hire and driver for the year for an older person's social group. Leicestershire Fund & Coventry Building Society Fund 1,680
The Marios Tinenti Centre Towards refurbishment of the venue, a community hub for residents in receipt of benefits and offering access to computers for them to look for work and access information and services. Leicestershire Fund, Hanwill Fund, Market Overton Charity Fund 1,625
Melton And District Money Advice Centre Towards the general running costs of the group, which provides a free and confidential advice service for people of Melton Mowbray concerning money and debt problems. Leicestershire Fund, Ian & Caroline McAlpine Community Fund 1,375
Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust To fund the planting of trees to cover an area of 0.4 hectares in a wildlife conservation area. LRCF Fund 2,250
Special Olympics Leicestershire & Rutland A contribution towards associated costs of 77 young athletes attending the Special Olympics National Games. LRCF Fund 1,500
Out Of Hours Club Rutland To help Out of Hours Club Rutland's work in supporting special/additional needs young adults in a range of social activities. LRCF Fund & Sir Timothy Brooks Fund 2,160
Croxton Kerrial Primary School Funding to develop an allotment space that aims to encourage children to understand and be part of healthy food production. Mars in the Community Fund- Melton 3,000
Woodside Animal Centre - RSPCA Leicestershire Branch Funding towards an educational campaign and chip & snip scheme within Melton Mowbray, highlighting the importance of feline neutering and micro-chipping and offered to those on low incomes Mars in the Community Fund- Melton 3,000
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 667
Voluntary Action South Leicestershire To provide a complementary therapy and wellbeing service for unpaid carers in Market Harborough. Meggitt Trust Fund 1,000
Voluntary Action South Leicestershire To provide "big days out" for the VASL Young Carers Club for 12-17 year olds. Meggitt Trust Fund 1,000
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 1,282
Park Lodge Project To create a calming outdoor space that includes a vegetable plot and sensory garden at Park Lodge which provides safe, secure and supportive accommodation for young, homeless people. Richi Rootz Foundation 624
Friends of Kilby School Funding to further the charitable objectives of the charity and support its existing extracurricular activities. Royal London Foundation Fund 5,000
Melton Learning Hub Towards the purchase of equipment and materials for a new training module on painting, decorating, plumbing and plastering. The group offers a wide range of vocational subjects to learners who have become disengaged with learning. Rutland & Melton Training Fund 3,533
Sustainable Land Trust To fund the work of SLT with vulnerable adults and young people, through practical, outdoor courses & activities as an alternative to mainstream education. Rutland & Melton Training Fund 3,533
Wheels to Work To help purchase three new 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 3,533
Carpenters Arms (Midlands) Trust Funding is requested for fitness equipment as part of a rehabilitation programme, for men who are challenged with homelessness due to addiction issues. Sir Timothy Brooks Fund 2,762
Pink Lizard Developing Youth And Community To fund the set up and delivery of a project called Youth Entertainment Company which will later be run by young people, for young people and their development. Sir Timothy Brooks Fund & Wesleyan Foundation 2,000
Candy Arts CIC To fund work with young people from within St Matthews on issues specific to youth gang culture, blade and knife use and subsequent crime alongside the wider implications to the wider community. St Matthew's Big Local Fund 2,525
Drum And Brass C.I.C. To fund music and movement sessions for families with young children to encourage bonding between parents and children and the development of creativity. St Matthew's Big Local Fund 2,620
Ghada O Elazabi To fund a family craft event for local residents. St Matthew's Big Local Fund 110
HQ CAN CIC To fund music and video workshops in St Matthews, offering professional artist development for up and coming singers, rappers and spoken word artists. St Matthew's Big Local Fund 2,285
Leicester Arts Centre - The Phoenix To fund a programme of activities that facilitates and encourages digital creativity amongst children and families. St Matthew's Big Local Fund 3,200
Leicester City FC Community Trust To fund free weekly football sessions for young people aged 13-16. FA level one qualifications will also be provided for 4 young leaders involved in the project. St Matthew's Big Local Fund 5,000
Leicester LGBT Centre To fund a series of community engagement drop in sessions providing LGBT+ groups with an opportunity to access information and advice within the St Matthews area. St Matthew's Big Local Fund 2,578
Ms Saima Shah To fund crochet workshops for community members on the St Matthews estate. St Matthew's Big Local Fund 220
Original Step Performers To fund the delivery of creative workshops working with young people from the St Matthews estate over the summer holidays. St Matthew's Big Local Fund 1,958
Pedestrian To fund a series of creative workshops to those from socially excluded and disadvantaged backgrounds in the St Matthews area. St Matthew's Big Local Fund 2,787
Somali Community Parents Association To fund a programme of various outdoor activities to be held at the Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre for residents of the St Matthews Estate. St Matthew's Big Local Fund 3,200
Studioname To fund a series of creative mentoring events to support creative ideas and entrepreneurial skills in people from the St Matthews estate. St Matthew's Big Local Fund 2,980
Abel Camp Funding towards the running costs of Abel Camps, which provides holiday opportunities for children and young people with physical and learning disabilities. The Smallman and Son Foundation 2,000
Bodie Hodges Foundation Funding towards the 'With Love' project where bereaved families are supported to make a cuddly toy out of their late child's clothes. The Smallman and Son Foundation 600
Bodie Hodges Foundation Funding towards the general running costs of the Bodie Hodges Foundation, which provides support for families who have suffered a child bereavement. The Smallman and Son Foundation 2,000
Steps - Leicestershire Conductive Education Centre Towards the general running costs of STEPS, a specialist centre for children with motor learning disabilities and delays. The Smallman and Son Foundation 2,000
Together We Can Leics Funding towards the running costs of the community group, which helps to support people with profound and multiple learning difficulties and their families. The Smallman and Son Foundation 2,000
Clash 2012 To fund a number of activities for those suffering from arthritis, including yoga, hydrotherapy and seated exercise sessions. Wesleyan Foundation 1,500
Pedestrian To fund a series of music sessions supporting young people aged 14-20 living in Leicester City, and to develop life skills, education, employability and the capacity for capitalising on enterprise opportunities. Wesleyan Foundation 9,225
Snow-Camp To launch Snow-Camp in Leicester. The programme uses a combination of snow sports, life skills and employment training to engage inner-city young people living in areas with high levels of deprivation. Wesleyan Foundation 1,500
Streetvibe Young People Service To fund Streetvibe, a youth provision for young people aged 11-25 years in an informal education framework. Wesleyan Foundation 2,000
Strides! To fund group meetings with adults who are experiencing or are recovering from problems with long-term mental ill-health Wesleyan Foundation 2,000
The Carers Centre To fund the development and delivery of arts and crafts sessions for carers. Wesleyan Foundation 5.775
Belvoir Castle Cricket Trust To fund grass roots cricket coaching to young people in rural communities. William Colton Youth Sport Fund 1,446
Eyres Monsell Club for Young People Funding towards the purchase of gym and fitness equipment at a youth centre which is encouraging young people with mental health issues to keep fit and healthy and improve their physical and emotional wellbeing through sport and exercise. William Colton Youth Sport Fund 1,500
Ibstock Canoe Club To fund the purchase of a canoe able to accommodate overweight/obese children and adults. William Colton Youth Sport Fund 567
Leicester Caribbean Cricket Club To fund the purchase of equipment to support the ongoing expansion of the club, which works to develop young people, BME groups and women in the sport. William Colton Youth Sport Fund 1,300
Loughborough Youth Development Project To fund a School Holiday Skate School for young people. William Colton Youth Sport Fund 1,100
Step Out Youth Group Funding towards a range of sports equipment for the group which works with young people to reduce antisocial behaviour and improve health and wellbeing. William Colton Youth Sport Fund 1,041
StreetGames UK For the Charnwood 'Fit and Fed' project, which is a sports and physical activity holiday programme for young people that includes a nutritious meal. William Colton Youth Sport Fund 2,025
The Friends Hub To fund hall hire for the group which offers sport activities and martial arts to disadvantaged young people. William Colton Youth Sport Fund 526
Home-Start Melton and Rutland Funding will contribute to the core work of training volunteers who support vulnerable families during times of crisis. Women In Philanthropy Fund 1,510
Voluntary Action South Leicestershire A contribution to the Young Carers Project and the support and services that this provides to young carers. Women In Philanthropy Fund 1,593
Women's Aid Leicestershire Ltd A contribution towards the costs of a children's refuge worker, working with children living in a refuge as a result of domestic violence. Women In Philanthropy Fund 1,922
The New Future’s Project To help the Project’s work to improve the quality of life of people involved in sexual exploitation and prostitution. Women In Philanthropy Fund 4,054
The Bridge – Homelessness to Hope To fund The Bridge in its work to address homelessness and its causes. Women In Philanthropy Fund 4,054
Sustainable Land Trust To fund the work of SLT, which provides land based skills and training to young people not in mainstream education. Women In Philanthropy Fund 4,054
Cotesbach Educational Trust To fund a project working to engage young people in historical archives and a social media campaign to develop their experience and skills. Youth Social Action Fund 2,270