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Fri, 02 Aug 2013 11:29am

The Leicestershire Rural Partnership is pleased to release its annual report for 2012-13.

The report highlights the key achievements over the past year including celebrating 20 years as a partnership, continued support at policy and strategy level and on the ground delivery to Leicestershire's rural communities and businesses as well as the launch of many new initiatives.

Progress against the 'Big 7' rural priorities is updated and case studies showcase the tangible difference partnership working is making to the lives of those who live, work or visit rural Leicestershire.

Fri, 02 Aug 2013 11:27am

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:

  • Major repairs, such as new roofs and floors:
  • Improvements that increaseCommunityBuildingcapacity 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 October, applications need to be submitted by Friday 20th of September.

For more details about the fund and how to apply, please visit



or contact Andy Hayes 0116 305 7269

Fri, 28 Jun 2013 1:52pm

Rural communities across England that aspire to generate their own clean green power are being offered a helping hand today with the launch of a £15 million Government fund.

The Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF), which is now open to applications, is specifically targeted at helping rural communities access the money needed to carry out feasibility studies into renewable energy projects, and fund the costs associated with applying for planning permission. It is intended that projects will then be able to attract private finance to pay for renewable energy kit and get projects up and running. Funding can be used to support rural projects across the renewable and low carbon energy spectrum including wind, solar, biomass, heat pumps, anaerobic digestion, gas Combined Heat and Power and hydro.

The RCEF offers funding in two stages and applications will be considered from rural communities with less than 10,000 residents and larger communities located in local authority areas defined as 'predominantly rural'. There is a grant of up to £20,000 on offer for feasibility studies into renewable energy projects in local areas. Once these studies have been successfully completed, communities can then apply for a loan worth up to around £130,000 to help with project costs, such as seeking planning permission and relevant environmental permits. The loan is repayable to Government once projects have received the necessary private sector funding required to get them up and running.

RCEF application form can be downloaded from the WRAP website.

Dementia Friends - creating dementia friendly communities together
Wed, 26 Jun 2013 4:11pm
Dementia Friends - creating dementia friendly communities together

Dementia Friends is a national initiative that is being run by Alzheimer's Society. It's funded by the government, and aims to improve people's understanding of dementia and its effects.

People with dementia sometimes need a helping hand to go about their daily lives and feel included in their local community. Dementia Friends is giving people an understanding of dementia and the small things that they can do that could make a difference to people living with dementia.

You can get involved in two ways: become a Dementia Friends Champion or become a Dementia Friend.

What is a Dementia Friend?

A Dementia Friend learns a little bit more about what it's like to live with dementia and then turns that understanding into action - anyone of any age can be a Dementia Friend. From helping someone to find the right bus to spreading the word about dementia on social media, every action counts.

If you are interested in becoming a Dementia Friend and joining a national initiative, then you will need to register as a Dementia Friend , www.dementiafriends.org.uk , and go to one of our Friends' information sessions.

Once you have signed up please email the Dementia Project Lead - Martin Hall with your name, email address, and work location. Martin's email address is martin.hall@leics.gov.uk.

Training will be in groups of twenty and last for one hour. The training dates are being coordinated by the Dementia Friends and the date and venue will therefore be dependent on interest in your locality.

Creative Leicestershire Mentoring Scheme
Fri, 07 Jun 2013 4:31pm
Creative Leicestershire Mentoring Scheme

Creative Leicestershire is pleased to announce that the next round of mentoring is open for applications.

We are looking for 10 individuals at any stage of their career, to be a part of our mentoring scheme for 2013/14.

Over a 6 month period you will work with a mentor who will help you with your professional development, as well as receiving £500 towards any training and/or professional development activities that will help you with your career development.

To apply you must be:

- based in Leicester, Leicestershire or Rutland

- over 18 years old

- currently working professionally full or part-time in the arts sector (either as an artist/creative or arts administrator/manager)

If you are interested in applying please click here.

If you have any questions regarding the scheme, please email: lucia.masundire@leics.gov.uk

Deadline to apply: Monday 1 July 2013

New Homes Bonus for Somerby
Fri, 31 May 2013 9:39am
New Homes Bonus for Somerby

Seven new affordable homes in the village of Somerby, Leicestershire, opened this week, exactly a year after work originally started on the site.

This scheme is the second affordable housing scheme to be supported by funding from the County Council's New Homes Bonus; the first was opened late last year at Sapcote in the District of Blaby.

The County Council contributed £188,000 towards the £927,650 total cost of the scheme, other funders included Melton Borough Council and Nottingham Community Housing Association, who will also manage the homes.

The new homes are the result of long-running consultation work with local residents and Somerby Parish Council, and a pledge from all partners involved to address the long-standing need for affordable housing in this rural area.The 7 houses built will enable 7 families and/or couples to live in Somerby, and it is hoped that they will enjoy and thrive in their new homes.

Rural affordable housing is a key priority of the Leicestershire Rural Partnership, recognising the importance of enabling local people to live at a price they can afford within their local community.

LRP Chairperson, Cllr Pam Posnett, said:

"I am delighted that excellent partnership working and a collaboration of funders has enabled these new affordable homes to be built, they will be a valuable asset for the local community for generations to come, allowing local people to remain within the village"

Leicestershire County Council leader, Nick Rushton, said:

"I'm proud that the county council has provided £188,000 of New Homes Bonus funding to help local families to afford to live in the village."

Councillor Byron Rhodes, Leader of Melton Borough Council said:

"This development represents an achievement both for affordable housing delivery and partnership working. The scheme was part-funded by Leicestershire County Council, Nottingham Community Housing Association and Melton Borough Council who contributed £87,000 and has delivered much needed affordable homes to local people."

Launch of £100,000 fund for rural businesses
Tue, 28 May 2013 1:21pm
Launch of £100,000 fund for rural businesses

Rural Leicestershire businesses can apply for a share of a £100,000 fund, which is being offered by the county council. The grants are open to small companies working in the land based, food and drink, tourism and creative sectors which want to grow. They are issued by the Leicestershire Rural Partnership as part of its work to boost the rural economy and jobs, with a bidding deadline of Wednesday 10th July.

County cabinet member Pam Posnett, chairman of the Leicestershire Rural Partnership, said: "Small firms are the life-blood of our economy and I hope that rural businesses will take advantage of the grants, to help them develop and grow."

Rob Morton, proprietor of the Hallaton-based Bottle Kicking Cider Company, received a grant last year. He said: "The assistance the Leicestershire Rural Partnership has given us has been invaluable. We have been able to carry out our expansion plans with confidence, and we are now in a position to fulfil the increased demand for our cider."

For further information concerning the rural business grants, please download an application form and accompanying notes from www.oakleaves.org.uk email peter.mclaren@leics.gov.uk or phone Peter McLaren on 0116 305 3910.

Thu, 09 May 2013 3:06pm

Helping communities to help themselves

Following the success of the 'Big Society' Grant Fund in 2011-12 and 2012-13, Leicestershire County Council is pleased to announce a continuation of the Grants scheme in 2013-14.We hope to hold the first Grant Panel meeting by the end of June 2013.

The Big Society Grant Fund (£340,000) is intended to support grassroots, community and voluntary organisations to develop ideas, projects and initiatives which will help to make the Big Society a reality at a local level. More information on grant criteria and the sort of projects which would be eligible can be found at www.leics.gov.uk/bigsociety

Support and guidance will be available throughout the application process. Please contact the Grants Officers to discuss your application and to confirm dates of Panel meetings, along with any relevant closing dates for applications or supporting documents.

Contact Tel: (0116) 30572690

Email: bigsociety@leics.gov.uk


Dementia Awareness Events
Thu, 25 Apr 2013 11:12am
Dementia Awareness Events

Developing Dementia Friendly Communities

Creating "Dementia Friendly Communities" is an important initiative which will bring about positive changes for people living with dementia. As part of that initiative the "Dementia Friends" campaign has been created. This is about giving people an understanding of dementia and the small things they can do to make a difference to people living with dementia. It is a national campaign, run by The Alzheimer's Society and funded by the government.

A number of events are being held across the county in partnership with Leicestershire Police, Leicestershire County Council and Leicester City Council.

Tuesday 21st May 2013,10.30am – 1.30pm @ The Atkins Building, Hinckley

Wednesday 22nd May 2013,16.00pm – 19.00pm @ Town Hall, Leicester

Thursday 23rd May 2013,10.30am – 1.30pm @ The Three Swans Hotel Market Harborough

In order to attend one of the Dementia Friends Information Sessions you will need to register your interest by clicking here.

RCC Rural Advice Session
Thu, 18 Apr 2013 10:05am
RCC Rural Advice Session

Thursday 9th May 2013

7:00pm – 9:00pm

Swan House Business Centre, The Park, Bosworth Hall Estate, Market Bosworth CV13 OLJ

As part of our Rural Advice Service contract with Leicestershire County Council, we are able to give initial advice and guidance through the delivery of our Rural Advice Sessions, to people and communities living and working in rural Leicestershire on a range of rural issues, including developing and improving local services and facilities, community consultation, action planning and project development.

The RCC Rural Action team will enable participants the time to explore some of the issues faced by rural communities in Leicestershire and provide them with the knowledge, skills and experience required to undertake practical projects to address local needs. This could include community consultations, Community Led Plans (Parish Plans) or Neighbourhood Plans and how these relate to the new Localism Bill.

Feedback from previous participants on what they had found most useful included:

"The opportunity for sharing of experiences from others was beneficial to my own locality"

"Understanding RCC resources available" "Wider insight into localisation issues"

Attendance is free of charge but with limited spaces available it is advisable to book early to ensure your place.

Places can be booked:


E-MAILruraladvice@ruralcc.org.uk TEL: 0116 2662905

Or by returning the attached booking form to: RCC Rural Action Team, Community House, 133, Loughborough RdLeicesterLE4 5LQ

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