Health managers have handed out more than £220,000 to voluntary groups who help vulnerable people.
It is the first round of funding from the West Leicestershire clinical commissioning (CCG) group's "social seeding" project.
It is being run in partnership with Voluntary Action Leicestershire. The grants have been awarded to projects beginning this year.
Seventeen projects were selected from 35 applications to receive grants ranging between £4,000 and £20,000.