To apply for a grant from Leicestershire and Rutland Community Foundation, as a minimum you must be a not-for-profit organisation or social enterprise working in Leicester, Leiceshire and/or Rutland* with the following in place:
Please note: We strongly recommend that you check the specific grant page for the full eligibility criteria for each of our programmes.
*NB: any national charities would need to be able to demonstrate that they have a local branch. This would include a local bank account, finances, and demonstration of fundraising and delivery in the local area only.
Tell us about your organisation and/or project and how you meet the criteria for the grant programme you are applying to.
Our Grants Team will review applications to carry out the following due diligence checks:
We may contact you if more information is needed to support your application.
A decision will be made at either a panel meeting or by individual donors (depending on the fund).
Grant panels include external panel members and an advisory group to make sure the assessments and decisions are as neutral and well-informed as possible.
Panel decisions and deadlines vary depending on the grant programme: please see the grant programmes specific webpage and criteria for further details.
The outcome of your application will be emailed to you, letting you know whether it has been successful or not. Please wait to hear: we won’t forget you! There is no need to chase us.
If you are successful, we will email you with:
Applicants who are unsuccessful will be notified of this decision along with any available feedback that has been provided by the panel members or private donor. Many of our programmes are oversubscribed, so an unsuccessful application could simply be due to lack of available funding.
If you are successful in your application and meet any conditions we have made, we will require the following before payment can be made:
Payment will then be made within 3 weeks of the Grant Agreement being returned correctly. Once payment is received you will need to return a payment receipt.
You can now begin delivering your funded work.
All applicants are required to use:
We always welcome any photos, quotes or updates along the way and can help spread any stories across our social media channels.
If you do encounter any problems delivering your project, please do tell us as and when they occur so that we can try and help with solutions.
You will need to complete an end of grant form, reporting back on the outcomes and impact of your work. We encourage you to share stories and photographs at this stage that we can share with our donors.
Monitoring and evaluation enables us to better understand the impact of our grant making. It helps us understand community need, enables us to learn from our grant making and inform future strategies, and also enables us to show donors the impact of their funding and hopefully encourage them to give more! It should also help you to collect valuable information on how service users benefit from your work, what works and what doesn’t, how you can make your services more effective, as well as demonstrating to funders the value of your work.
If you do not send us your monitoring forms by the deadline given, this may affect the outcome of any future applications.