Funding body information

Leeds City Council

Leeds City Council
Civic Hall
Calverley Street
0113 222 4444


Leeds City Council provides a range of small grants programmes for voluntary and community sector groups. Please visit the council's website to access links to a variety of grant application forms.

In June 2015, the following funds were available to local voluntary communities (please consider that some of these funding schemes may now have closed):

  • Brelms Trust
  • Cash for Kids - West Yorkshire
  • Charkes Brotherton Trust
  • Comic relief Local Communities Programme - Leeds
  • Craven Trust
  • Esh Charitable Trust - Communities Fund
  • Leeds - Carers Group Small Grants
  • Leeds City Council - Arts@Leeds Grnat Scheme
  • Leeds - Sport Relief Grant Scheme
  • Leeds Community Foundation - Ideas that Change Lives
  • Leeds Community Foundation - Jimbo's fund
  • Leeds Inspired Large Grants
  • Leeds Community Foundation - Leeds Looked After Children Fund
  • Leeds Community Foundation - St Chad's Small Grants Fund
  • Leeds Community Foundation - International Personal Finance Fund
  • Leeds Inspired Small Grants
  • Leeds Sports Grants for Clubs
  • MARS in the Community Fund - Leeds
  • Red Nose Day Community Cash - Leeds
  • Metcalfe Smith Trust
  • Safer Communities Fund - West Yorkshire
  • Sir George Martin Trust
  • Wade's Charity

Many local authorities are now moving away from grant-making and beginning to use commissioning as a way to distribute funding to the third sector. Local commissioners can be difficult to find and identify, however NAVCA have created a guide that may help: 'Finding your commissioner'

Useful organisations:

Voluntary Action Leeds

Voluntary sector funding in Leeds is managed by West Yorkshire Grants, who were established in 1986 to award grants to voluntary organisations operating across West Yorkshire. A PDF booklet has been put together by West Yorkshire Grants, containing all of the small grant programmes available through Leeds City Council, as well as details of other sources of advice and support for voluntary and community sector groups in Leeds.

Leeds City Council does not have a central voluntary sector unit that manage voluntary sector funding, as grant schemes are devolved to separate departments. There is no voluntary sector support page on the council’s website; however there is a Community Grants page which is located under Community and Living - Grants, and provides contact details for the West Yorkshire Grants team and links to the 'Small Grants' booklet.

Staff in the West Yorkshire Grants team were very helpful during the research and provided us with all information required.

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