The Leeds Community Foundation is seeking applications for grants to support people in hardship.
- Grant size: £1,000 to £20,000
- Duration: One Year
What can’t be Funded?
- Statutory organisations or activity
- Activity and costs that have already taken place
- Activity which might be regarded as discriminatory and/or excludes some people without good justification
- 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, or applications from individuals
- Overseas organisations, expeditions or overseas travel
Applications need to clearly Demonstrate
- Local people/participants have been consulted and the proposal responds to their need/s
- The applicant organisation must demonstrate a trackrecord of working with communities in Leeds
- They appreciate that many community organisations may wish to seek support towards keeping their community spaces open, alongside more targeted support for people experiencing food and fuel poverty, and other adverse effects of the Cost-of-Living crisis
- Past funded activity includes: supporting asylum seekers with food and clothing; helping families access baby essentials, such as cots and bedding; street-level youth work for young people disengaged from mainstream services
- 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.
- Grants of £5,000 or less
- 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.
- For-profit organisations, statutory organisations or activity (e.g. schools and hospitals) and overseas organisations cannot be funded.
- 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 and CICs you should be limited by guarantee without share capital, and there should be no registered Persons with Significant Control
- A governing document e.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
- The applicant and activity must be based in Leeds, and must have been operating for at least two-years
- Funds will support people experiencing hardship/disadvantage
- Projects supporting people in LS8, LS9, LS14 and LS15 are particularly encouraged
- The amount requested should be at least 50% of the total cost of the activity
- Only one application per organisation can be considered
- They encourage applications from under-served and/or under-represented communities across all their funding opportunities
For more information, visit Leeds Community Foundation.