SHIRE-Community Grants

SHIRE Community Grant LogoThe SHIRE Community Grant programme for 2016-17 is now open for applications.

To help deliver the priorities of Leicestershire County Council’s Communities Strategy, the SHIRE Community Grant programme will enable voluntary and community sector organisations (including social enterprises and Town/Parish Councils) to deliver community-based projects, services and activities which directly benefit the most vulnerable people in Leicestershire.

Eligible organisations will be able to access grants of up to £10,000 and/or smaller grants of up to £3,000 for community based projects and activities that are focused on supporting vulnerable/disadvantaged people and communities. For more information please click here to visit their webpage.


Leicestershire & Rutland Sport – Funding

LRS logo (3)With a vast array of funding available to support the community and voluntary sector, LRS have made things simple by putting all the information and support in one place. Whether you are looking for capital or revenue funding to support your club  improve facilities or develop your coaches, the LRS Funding Finder or Funding Support service is here to help. For more information please click here to visit the LRS website

Leicestershire & Rutland Cricket are also here to help with any questions you might. Click here to get in touch.


Leicestershire & Rutland Cricket League – Interest Free LoansLeague Logo 2

The League is keen to help member clubs maintain and/or improve their grounds and facilities and is able to consider applications from clubs for an interest free loan. Currently the maximum loan is £4,000.

For further information or to download an application form please click here and visit the L&RCL website


ECB Grants and Loans

For full details of the current ECB Grant and Loan schemes please click here

They have also put together a helpful guide with lots of tips and advice to help you get the most out of your clubs fundraising initiatives. Please click here for more information


Looking for Funding

The attached gives information and web-sites where your club could look for funding.

Approaching the Relevant Funding Organisations
It is important that you chose the correct funding agency(s) for your respective plan/ elements within your plan. Each organisation has its own particular criteria and requirements. It is therefore vital that you make contact with the individual organisation and match your plans to its respective criteria before you compile an application.

File Download: Looking for Funding


NatWest Cricket Club Finance Guide

NatWest have been sponsoring cricket for 30 years and have produced a finance guide which is attached here.
It contains practical, inspiring and informative guidance to help manage and boost community clubs finances.

File Download: NatWest Finance Guide


Completing a Funding Application

VAL Funding Guide

Voluntary Action Leicester have produced the attached guide to help voluntary and community groups complete funding applications. They also offer workshops to individuals or groups, offering specific support to help you through this process. For more information click here

Putting your application together
Careful planning to ensure your ambitions are realistic and right for your club is essential. The ECB’s Club Development Plan provides a format and procedure, approved by the main Grant Aid providers.

Your plans forms a statement of your future intentions and will demonstrate to funding organisations how your plans will satisfy their requirements adding to cricket provision in your area.’

Tips to Achieving a Successful Application

  • You should demonstrate how your project represents value for money
  • Emphasise your level of need for financial support
  • Make sure your application is honest and request only funds you require
  • Be prepared to undergo a process of monitoring by funding agencies
  • Demonstrate a degree of ‘self help’ – whether in cash or in kind
  • Have contingency plans in the event of a rejected application or a reduced award

File Download: VAL funding guide