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Thu, 09 May 2013 3:06pm
Big Society Grant Fund 2013-14

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

The Princes Countryside Fund - open for applications
Fri, 12 Apr 2013 3:41pm
The Princes Countryside Fund - open for applications

The Prince's Countryside Fund gives grants to projects that help support the people who care for the countryside. It is supported by a unique collaboration of businesses working together to secure a sustainable future for British agriculture and the wider rural economy.

It provides grants of up to £50,000 to projects that are tackling one of five key issues. The grants will aim to improve service provision in rural areas, support rural enterprise, support farming businesses, and provide training opportunities for young people and educating people about the value of the countryside.

So far £1.7 million of grants has been donated, supporting 45 projects across the UK and helping over 20,000 people.

The fund will open for applications on Monday 8th April until Friday 18th May. Please visit www.princescountrysidefund.org.uk for information on how to apply and the eligibility criteria.

Leicestershire Food Fortnight 2013
Thu, 11 Apr 2013 3:31pm
Leicestershire Food Fortnight 2013

If you have a food or drink business in Leicestershire, don't miss the opportunity of getting involved in this year's Leicester and Leicestershire Food Fortnight.

Over 55 individual businesses took part in last year's initiative to raise the profile of food and drink in the county – and there were a staggering 75 individual food-based events for people to visit. Businesses reported increased footfall and sales and more importantly their visibility in the community was raised with a national and local PR campaign, online listings on the dedicated website and entry into the Leicester Mercury Events Guide – which is all free to the businesses and community groups taking part.

Work on this year's Food Fortnight has already started and Leicestershire County Council and Leicester City Council are calling for all food and drink businesses or community groups in Leicester and Leicestershire to get in touch. Could you hold a special event? Could you offer customers tastings of local produce or hold demonstrations? Could you offer a special offer or promotion during the Fortnight? What could you do to raise the profile of your business by being involved in this year's Food Fortnight? Could you organise an event for your local community – perhaps celebrating its local or heritage foods? We are open to ideas and would love to hear from you.

For information about this year's event and how to get involved, please contact Rachel Dorsett, Silver Pear Communications on 01476 879215 or 07584 166629 Email: rachel@silverpearcommunications.co.uk

SPARK Business Initiative
Thu, 04 Apr 2013 2:54pm
SPARK Business Initiative

We need your support to SPARK entrepreneurism and ignite business growth in the district of Harborough!

Spark is a new initiative which aims to provide access to valuable, high quality business support to ignite business ideas and growth aims and turn them into commercial realities.

The business support is in a range of forms. These include an interactive, informative website with downloadable fact sheets and videos, workshops, seminars, drop in surgeries and business coaching. We will also be running a business idea competition with prizes and cash funding to kick start growth plans.

Spark is for anyone running a business or dreaming of running a business in the Harborough District.

For more information and contact details please click here.

Draft Carbon Reduction Strategy - An opportunity to comment
Thu, 04 Apr 2013 1:35pm
Draft Carbon Reduction Strategy - An opportunity to comment

Leicestershire Together is a partnership made up of the county's major public service budget holders such as local councils, the police and the health service. Leicestershire Together is committed to ensuring that:

Our contribution to climate change is reduced and there is a high resilience to climate change

In response to this partners have prepared a draft Carbon Reduction Strategy and are seeking your views on it prior to its adoption and the development of an implementation plan.

For more information including details of the plan and how to comment please click here.

Energy Efficiency and Green Deal Business Event
Wed, 03 Apr 2013 10:50am
Energy Efficiency and Green Deal Business Event

Save Your Business Money

A FREE event providing money and energy saving advice for businesses will be held on Friday 12th April, 9am - 12noon at Harborough Innovation Centre, Conference Room, Market Harborough, LE16 7QB.

Booking is essential by 5pm on Friday 5th April 2013. To book a place please call Jonathan Hodgson on 07786276557 or email j.hodgson@harborough.gov.uk.

Mon, 25 Mar 2013 1:12pm
Defra Rural Community Broadband Fund - Round 3

The third round for Expressions of Interest under the RCBF is now open from 22 March to 24 May 2013.

The £20m Fund is delivered as part of the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE). The RCBF is jointly funded by Defra and Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) and provides grants to communities to establish super-fast broadband in hard-to-reach rural areas which may not receive deployment through the main public investment programme - also referred to as the Final 10%.

Full details of how to apply to the third round can be found in the Applicant's handbook available on the web link below. It is strongly recommended that you read the Applicant's handbook carefully as it contains important detailed information which will guide you through the application process before completing the Expression of Interest Form, also available via the same web link. http://rdpenetwork.defra.gov.uk/funding-sources/rural-community-broadband-fund

Please contact broadband@leics.gov.uk or the Rural Community Council (Leicestershire and Rutland) if you are considering applying.

More information on the countywide Broadband Leicestershire project is available at www.leics.gov.uk/broadband.

Partners hold double celebration event
Thu, 21 Mar 2013 9:07am
Partners hold double celebration event

The Leicestershire Rural Partnership (LRP) enjoyed a 20th anniversary at a special event held at the Belvoir Brewery, Old Dalby, this week and honoured its Chairman for more than 10 years, County Councillor, Mrs Lesley Pendleton

Invited guests heard contributions from LRP officers and members, past and present, and from local groups and businesses that have benefited from partnership support over the years.

Special tribute and thanks were paid to Mrs Pendleton, who will be retiring as LRP Chairman later next month. Addressing the gathering of almost 50 people, Chairman of the County Council, Mr Peter Lewis thanked Mrs Pendleton for her commitment and dedication to partnership working in rural communities across the county.

LCC Chairman said: "I would like to extend my sincerest thanks for your dedication and hard work. You have supported a wide range of projects, from Post Offices in Churches to Village Shops in pubs. Our communities have benefitted from high quality Rural Affordable Housing schemes and improved village facilities. Whilst rural businesses have been supported to diversify and grow."

Mrs Pendleton thanked colleagues for their tributes and good wishes and urged partners to continue working with local residents to identify and resolve community issues and support development and growth of rural businesses.

Mrs Pendleton said: "I am very proud of what together we have achieved, and am confident that with your commitment and support the LRP will continue to serve our rural communities well."

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