Grants will be awarded for activity working towards this aim through physical activity and/or extra-curricular skills building.
- Grant size: Up to £10,000
- Duration: 1 or 2 years
- Grants can be for 1 year or split into 2 payments across 2 years, to a maximum of £10,000.
- Activity that can be funded:
- Activity aimed at improving skills, aspirations, and access to future opportunities for young people
- Organisational development activity to build capacity for the fund themes, such as training or research and development
- Opportunities for young people to have fun, find a hobby, and make friends
- Sport and movement-based projects
- Extra-curricular activities and qualifications outside of formal education settings
- Activity that addresses barriers to learning and attainment, or sports and physical activity
- A contribution to core or running costs
What can’t be Funded?
- Funding for activity usually provided by statutory sources such as teachers’ salaries or school resources
- Activity and costs that have already taken place
- Activity targeted at a particular group (ethnic, gender, religious etc.) without a good justification for this
- Activity that promotes a particular political or religious point of view
- Activity primarily for the benefit of animals
- Capital appeals for building projects
- Grant-making to other organisations and/or individuals
- Applications from individuals
Who can Apply?
- Not-for-profit incorporated Community Organisations from the third sector such as CIO, CIC limited by guarantee, or a charitable company. You will be registered with the Charity Commission, Companies House or Mutual Public Register (FCA).
- Charities that are registered with the Charity Commission but are not an incorporated structure. These organisations cannot use grant funds towards PAYE staff costs, but funds can be used towards freelance staff costs.
- Small unincorporated and unregistered Community Organisations can only apply if your annual income is less than £10,000, and if securing the grant would not take you above this threshold for current financial year. (Please Note: Small unincorporated and unregistered Community Organisations cannot apply for grants of over £5,000 per year.)
- Applications should work with children and/or young people between the ages of 5 and 25 (inclusive).
- Applications should support children and/or young people’s mental health and wellbeing through one of the following:
- Sports or physical wellbeing, including topics such as nutrition and self-care
- Extra-curricular activity and skills building
- Grants can part- or fully-fund specific activity, or make a contribution to core costs/standard delivery.
- All organisations, regardless of size and structure, must have:
- At least three Trustees/Directors/Committee Members (whichever is applicable, depending on your organisation’s legal structure) who are independent and unrelated. For registered charitable companies (limited companies by guarantee without share capital, CICs and similar) they require a minimum of three unrelated directors, and none should be registered as Persons with Significant Control
- A governing document g. constitution or memorandum and articles of association that shows how your group is managed and includes a dissolution clause/asset lock
- A bank or building society account in the name of your organisation with a minimum of two unrelated authorised signatories on the mandate and transactions requiring authorisation by at least two of those authorised signatories
- Accounts or a record of income and expenditure for your organisation (if you are a new organisation, you will need to provide a bank statement and a project budget)
- A relevant safeguarding policy, if your organisation works with children or vulnerable adults
- For-profit organisations, statutory organisations or activity (e.g. schools and hospitals) and overseas organisations cannot be funded.
- Organisations with an income of over £750k in their most recent accounting year are not eligible for this fund.
For more information, visit Leeds Community Foundation.