Staffordshire County Council have joined forces with YouCan to help small groups of residents living in the Lichfield District do something they enjoy and make a difference to their community.

Grants of up to £300 are available to residents of Lichfield who have a bright idea that will help make a difference to their community. It might be that you want to start a sports club and need help to buy equipment, or you could be thinking of starting a gardening group but can’t afford to buy tools and seeds; you could have a passion for knitting and want to share this with others but need a little help to buy wool, needles and patterns.

Whatever your idea, you can apply for a grant of up to £300 if you can show us that:

  • There are at least five people involved in total
  • Everyone can contribute their time, energy and commitment to make the idea a success
  • That the idea can bring people in your community together


How can I use the grant?

To give you some more ideas of how you could use one of these grants to help bring your community together take a look at how these groups have used the funding they received from YouCan :

Dave and Angela Gallagher live in Lichfield and love to fundraise. Both suffer from poor health so “it gives us something to take our minds off our illnesses and we like to help the community.” They came up with the idea of a summer fete but were unable to raise the funding themselves so applied for a £300 grant from YouCan which went towards the costs of advertising, refreshments & entertainment. The fete was a huge success with lots of people from the community having stalls – and more than £440 was raised for two local charities in the process. To find out more, and maybe get a bit of inspiration for your own event, take a look at the full story here.

Amy Charles came to us with a plan to hold a weekly upcycling workshop at Gatis Community Space. Her aim was to teach children aged 12 and over to refashion their clothes with an emphasis on ethical consumerism and sustainability. The £300 grant from YouCan was used to help buy sewing supplies, second hand clothes, fabric and body forms or mannequins. Amy also planned to use the grant to pay towards stationery and printing, hire cost of the premises and advertising…to read how Amy is getting on read the full story here.


If you live in the Lichfield District and have an idea that could help bring people together you can apply for the new funding here.