Leicestershire County Council has launched a £124,000 SHIRE Community Building Grant Fund to support Community Buildings across Leicestershire.
A maximum £6000 grant and or £4000 loan can be offered to constituted management groups who manage community buildings in Leicestershire.
There is a mix of funding available to cover both capital work – improvements for buildings – and support for business planning, advice and training - improvements in how the buildings are run.
Leicestershire County Council is looking to support costs of: More »
•Major repairs, such as new roofs and floors:
•Improvements that increase Community Building capacity or enable wider usage such as extensions and internal refits.
•Acquisition of buildings (via purchase or long lease) in order to provide a community facility.
•Construction of new Community Buildings.
•Training and development of the committee members, volunteers and staff running Community Buildings
•Support with strengthening governance, developing business plans and community consultation.
Applications will be considered by a Grants Panel. For applications to be considered by the next panel meeting in December, applications need to be submitted by Wednesday 20th of November.
For more details about the fund and how to apply, please visit
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Help Health Watch Leicestershire set their strategic priorities for Leicestershire
Come along to one of Health Watch Leicestershire's consultation events and tell them about your experiences and issues on the health and social care services you receive.
Until the end of November 2013 they will be engaged in setting their priorities. These will be used to focus on the key concerns of your community about health and social care services, and ensure that the public has a voice in the planning and design of services. More » More »
Tell us about your experience of services such as:
• GPs and practices
• Mental health services
• Social care
• Community health services
• Carers services
• Children and young people’s services
They will use the information you give to help identify five key local issues that matter to your community. These issues will be the focus of work to improve health and social care services for people living in Leicestershire.
Book onto your local event:
North West Leicestershire - Monday 28 October 10am - 12pm
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If you are interested in finding out more about the HS2 Consultation come along to our Ashby, Measham & Moira Community Forum tonight.
Representatives from HS2 Limited will be giving a briefing presentation about the proposals, along with details about the Government consultation, up and coming information events and timescales.
There will also be the opportunity to meet the new Local Police Unit Commander and hear details about Leicestershire County Council's financial challenge.
The meeting takes place tonight, Wednesday 2nd October at Ivanhoe College (Coffee Shop), North Street, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire LE65 1HX and will commence with an information and networking session at 5:30pm.
Rural residents and councillors have less than a week to sign a petition demanding fairer funding from the government for rural communities.
The government's funding formula for local authorities means urban councils currently receive around 50% more money per person than rural councils.
A Rural Fair Share campaign to encourage the Government to address the ongoing disparity in funding between rural and urban areas is being led by Graham Stuart MP. The petition calls on the government to reduce the funding gap to 40% by 2020. More »
The petition has been extended to run until FRIDAY 11th OCTOBER, with many rural local authorities keen for as many people as possible to add their signature to the campaign.
A recent report by the Rural Services Network found that people pay higher council tax in rural areas and yet receive substantially less support for public services. With the formula for government settlements set to be frozen until 2020, the network believes the funding gap must be more balanced, before communities face another six years of unfairness.