Wednesday 13 March 2024
Sutton Elms Baptist Church, 2 Sutton Lane LE9 6QF
Session 1: 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Session 2: 4:30pm – 6:30pm

The Leicestershire VCSE Funding Fair is a face to face event and all Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise organisations based in the county are invited to attend and speak to local and national funders who are actively investing in community groups in your area.

The Funding Fair will give you the opportunity to:

  • Float your ideas past potential funders
  • Learn about current funding programmes
  • Find out how VAL can help you to succeed in your future bids

There are 5 confirmed funders who will give presentations and offer some 1:1 appointments:

[Please Note – This event is for County based VCSE groups only, City Based groups are not eligible to attend]

  1. Leicestershire & Rutland Community Foundation
  2. Severn Trent Community Fund
  3. Sport England
  4. The National Lottery Heritage Fund
  5. The National Lottery Community Fund

Idox – who manage the Leicestershire Funding Toolkit will also be in attendance.

Key Fund – Providing social investment to organisation, enabling growth and sustainability for communities most in need.

Ethical Property Foundation – They offer free, easy to understand property education across the UK for everyone, regardless of their level of knowledge.

VAL Sector Support Team – available to discuss any support you need with your organisation or volunteer recruitment.

Only 2 people per VCS organisation will be allowed to book on.

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Funders Information

  • Leics & Rutland Community Foundation


    The Community Foundation works to encourage local philanthropy.  We set up and manage grant giving charitable funds for families, individuals and companies.  We also manage local and national grant programmes such as National Emergency Trust, Department for Media Culture and Sport (DCMS) Tampon Tax, #iWill; Wesleyan Foundation; St Matthews Big Local. We have various grant programmes that open at various times of the year. These include matching family and corporate funds to causes they are interested in supporting, and giving grants on behalf of larger national agencies. So keep an eye on our website page ‘Apply for Funds’. For any enquiries please email:

    Open Funds:

    Making Local Life Better

    Grant Size – Up to £3k
    Who For – Grassroots community groups and small-medium sized charitable organisations working within Leicestershire and Rutland, who are aiming to improve the lives of the people in their local communities.
    Fund Criteria – A broad fund that will accept application for a variety of projects.

    Hinckley and Rugby Community Fund – OPEN

    The Hinckley and Rugby Building Society Community Fund work with us at Leicestershire and Rutland Community Foundation to create the opportunity to reinvest its profits back into its communities by supporting charities across Leicestershire and Warwickshire.

    Find out more here

  • Severn Trent Community Fund

    Our customers, and the communities we live and work in, are at the heart of everything we do. And that’s why, from 2020, we’re going to be giving away more than £10million over the next five years to support new projects by local charities and community groups in the Severn Trent region – helping to make a real and tangible difference in our communities.

    Our customers have helped us to create and shape our new community fund. We’ve spoken to lots of you to better understand your community needs, and as a result, have chosen to design our fund around improving community wellbeing.

    By this we mean:

    People: Projects that help people to lead a healthier life and gain new skills
    Places: Projects that help to create better places to live in and use
    Environment: Projects that will help look after our natural environment, give people greater access to that environment or help look after water

    We seek to fund projects that link to these key elements of community wellbeing – with favourability shown to projects that ideally lie within a ‘sweet spot’ that incorporates all three. If you’re applying for over £75,000, please note that a combination of all three of these themes is necessary to be eligible.

    And of course, being a water company, naturally we’d love to see applications for projects that have a connection to water too (although not essential)! This might mean creating sustainable drainage, installing grey water recycling or creating water efficient green spaces.

    Grants available from £2,000 to £200,000 – find out more here.

  • Sport England

    Each year we invest more than £250 million of National Lottery and public money to help people play sport and take part in physical activity.
    Active Together is a crowdfunding initiative that can match fund, up to £10,000, successful Crowdfunder campaigns from a total pot of £7.5m.

    Our Small Grants Programme seeks to develop opportunities for communities to get more people physically active and we’ll support new projects through providing National Lottery funding of between £300 and £15,000.
    Read more

  • The National Lottery Heritage Fund

    The National Lottery Heritage Fund is the largest dedicated funder of heritage in the UK.

    We believe that understanding, valuing and sharing our heritage brings people together, inspires pride in communities and boosts investment in local economies.

    We distribute National Lottery grants from £3,000 to £5million and over, funding projects that sustain and transform the UK’s heritage.

    We provide leadership and support across the heritage sector, and advocate for the value of heritage.

    Strategic Funding Framework for 2019–2024 – YouTube

  • The National Lottery – Awards for All and Reaching Communities

    These programmes offer small amounts from £300-£10,000 and larger amounts of funding (over £10,000) for organisations that work with their community to help them thrive. We fund projects that work to make positive changes in their community – whether that is for people living in the same area, or people with similar interests or life experiences.

    With the COVID-19 pandemic still with us, we’ll continue to support people and communities most adversely impacted by COVID-19. We can support you to:

    • continue to deliver activity, whether you’re supporting your existing users, responding to the immediate crisis or undertaking recovery activity
    • change and adapt, becoming more resilient in order to respond to new and future challenges.

    Further information available here.


Stall Holders

  • Leicestershire Funding Toolkit – Idox

    We have been supporting Voluntary Action LeicesterShire (VAL) and its communities for a number of years. We are Europe’s leading and most advanced funding database, helping local communities and the voluntary sector identify external funding opportunities across the UK and Europe. Millions of pounds of funding continue to be identified and secured through the ongoing use of our funding and information services.

    The Leicestershire Funding Toolkit provides you with free access to our online database of funding opportunities.

    Contact: to find out more information on how to register and carry out searches of local and national funders.

    Start your search today:

  • The Key Fund

    The Key Fund provide flexible loans and grants to help enterprises start up, become sustainable, and grow; creating jobs, reinvigorating communities and offering social investment.

    As a Social Enterprise ourselves, we understand the challenges you face and will support you, pre and post-investment, offering the right kind of money at the right time.

    We offer investments from £5k up to £300k to community and social enterprises operating in the North of England and the Midlands. Find out more

  • Ethical Property Foundation

    We are the only dedicated property advice charity in the UK serving the voluntary sector. We can help you manage your property sustainably and save money.

    With our team of 9 dedicated chartered surveyors and our Register of 15 commercial property solicitors and specialists, we offer free impartial guidance and online support, plus webinars and affordable tailored consultancy. Come and talk to us to find out how we can help you.

    Find out more here


Book your place

You can book onto our Meet the Funders - Harborough event via this link. Places are limited, so book yours today.

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