Community Grant Scheme

Applications are now closed.

The fund is open to not-for-profit organisations. This includes (but isn't limited to):

  • Constituted voluntary and community groups.
  • Community Interest Companies (CICs)
  • Uniformed groups (e.g. Scouts, Guides, Cubs, Brownies, Beavers, Rainbows etc.) (project must demonstrate a wider community benefit)
  • Parent Teacher Associations (project must demonstrate a wider community benefit)

What sort of projects will this grant scheme fund?

We are looking for projects that deliver one or more of the following:

  • Create or improve an area of public space, leading to increased visits
  • Make an area wheelchair accessible
  • Support a local event or initiative (eg arts, heritage, cultural, creative)
  • An improvement to the local neighbourhood
  • Create a new or support an existing local facility (eg sports field, museum)
  • Create or improve green space or water
  • Create or improve local paths and cycleways
  • Plant Trees
  • Make changes to an area to reduce the occurrence of Anti-Social Behaviour or Crime
  • Campaign to encourage visits to the local area
  • Provide volunteering opportunities, bringing diverse groups of the community together
  • Support an existing group to obtain, retain or develop skills, knowledge and tools (particularly where this safeguards their future or helps them grow)
  • Install or improve digital connectivity (eg broadband or wifi) in a community facility

We have set out the following themes as our priority areas to fund:

  1. Mental Health
  2. Older generation
  3. Diverse community groups
  4. Cost of living
  5. Young people/clubs

Circumstances where we will not provide financial support:

  • Funding requests from schools
  • Request for funding AFTER the activity or project has taken place
  • Requests for funding for religious activities
  • Requests for funding for political activities or by a political organisation
  • Requests for funding for activities / projects which do not benefit individuals who live within Oadby & Wigston.
  • Requests for funding from private organisations or individuals
  • Where there is potential reputational risk for Oadby & Wigston Borough Council.

How much can we apply for?

The settlements of Oadby, Wigston and South Wigston have been allocated funding based on the perceived need in each town.

The table below sets out the funding split between the settlements:

Settlement

Allocation

South Wigston

£15,000

Wigston

£10,000

Oadby

£5,000

When will I be notified if my application has been successful?

We will assess applications received at the end of each month. The final deadline for submissions is the 31 December 2023. If all the funding is allocated before the end of December, the Council will close the applications early.

How will my application be assessed?

Applications will be assessed against the criteria set out in the guidance document below.

Find out more about the UK Shared Prosperity funding for Oadby & Wigston.

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK government's Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills. For more information, visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-shared-prosperity-fund-prospectus.

Please direct any enquiries to business@oadby-wigston.gov.uk and a member of the team will be in touch.