Partnership Funding for the VCS

VCS Community

Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund.


Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council has been allocated an additional £1,092,000 to support businesses across the borough as part of the Government’s Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund.

The scheme aims to provide support for businesses through the coronavirus pandemic in addition to the Small Business Grant and the Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Grant Funds, which remain open for eligible ratepayers to apply who have not yet claimed. Businesses must have been trading on 11 March 2020 and not have received any other government funding (except  the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme).

The grant awards will start at £500 with a maximum potential grant of £25,000.

The scheme will provide support to businesses that fall into five main priority areas:

Small businesses in shared offices or other flexible workspaces

Regular market traders with fixed building costs

Bed & Breakfasts which pay council tax

Charity properties in receipt of charitable business rates relief

Suppliers of the retail, hospitality and leisure sector who were not considered eligible for the previous grants

Leader of the Council, Councillor Stuart Bray said:

This discretionary grant scheme will allow us to provide much needed support for smaller businesses in the borough, who have not been eligible for other government schemes, to help protect people’s jobs for the future.

Whilst I welcome this extra funding I would urge businesses to make their application immediately as it is most likely, there will be more businesses needing support than can be provided by the allocation provided.

Applications can be made from Monday 1 June until Sunday 14 June. All information and how to apply for a discretionary grant is available online. 

The council aims to make payments the week commencing 22 June 2020.

Partnership funding

The HBBC/VCS Partnership Commissioning is unique to Leicestershire.   It has been developed over the past 7 years by the VCS for the VCS. The funding streams are inclusive through various Partnership funding programmes, offering small community groups, larger organisations and most recently volunteering, funding opportunities and a chance to highlight/develop their work, sustain successful projects, enabling positive or often life changing outcomes to people across our Borough. 

The Partnership particularly encourages collaborative approaches enabling a greater understanding of the collective offer of both the VCS Sector and the Statutory Sector.

Community Volunteers Fund (CVF)

We are delighted to launch once again our new ‘Making a Difference’ Community Volunteers Fund to support Volunteers within the Borough of Hinckley & Bosworth.

This fund is to recognise the invaluable work being delivered by volunteers across our Borough, and the significant impact this has on improving the quality of life for people within our communities.

The Borough Council, through the HBBC/VCS Partnership, has made available a further £5,000 for the period 2019/20

The fund is specifically for small groups of volunteers or individuals to support volunteering activities with applications of up to £250.  

We welcome applications from all Volunteers, including those who are working within new or established volunteer groups or within organisations.

Please email for an application form. 

If you wish to discuss the fund further, please contact us on 01455 632984




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