We’re excited to announce that thirty Leeds based groups have been selected by Leeds Fund Anchor Partner, John Lewis Leeds, to receive the latest round of our #GiveLoveLeeds grants scheme.
Launched last year by the Fund’s Patron, TV presenter Gabby Logan, The Leeds Fund has attracted support from a number of local businesses, including its Anchor Partner, John Lewis Leeds, who recently chose our city as home for their regional flagship store. Since 2016, The Leeds Fund has distributed over £550,000 in both large strategic grants to community groups combating mental health issues, and smaller #GiveLoveLeeds grants to a variety of community based activities.
Altogether, the thirty projects chosen will receive over £50,000 of funding to help support their ongoing efforts in the community. This crucial investment will go towards practical projects which aim to create a sense of belonging for all communities.
Offering a range of services and activities, here are just a few of the funded projects:
- Come And Meet Each Other: The initiative will host a number of activities, such as trips out and arts and crafts sessions, with the aim of helping reduce feelings of social isolation.
- 105 Women: The grant will enable the project to open for an extra day for 12 weeks and use this extra day to organise field trips and fund group activities.
- Be Present Workshops: The donation will provide a total of 18 weekly music workshops at residential care homes or day care centres.
- English4AllinLeeds: Thanks to the grant, the charity will be able to continue its activities for a further 25 weeks, offering three hours of English tuition, free of charge, to those who need it most.
James Prince, Head of Branch at John Lewis Leeds, said: “We were delighted to invest in The Leeds Fund as Anchor Partners and play our part to help some incredible causes across the region. The Leeds Fund is the strategic fund for the city that responds to need – and does so through the expertise of the people that work for Leeds Community Foundation. It is a pleasure to work with such a professional and creative team that truly understands the city’s diversity and helps us fulfill one of our founding principles – to contribute to the wellbeing of the communities where we operate.”
Kate Hainsworth, Deputy CEO of LCF, said: “This has been a truly great year for LCF and we’re delighted to have been able to support a diverse mix of groups and projects across Leeds.
“We’ve been so grateful to John Lewis Leeds for its support; it has made a huge difference. But we can’t stop here and there’s much more to do, which is why we are speaking to potential new Anchor Partners to help us continue our good work in 2018.”
To support The Leeds Fund and help the amazing community groups we give grants to, please visit www.theleedsfund.org.uk to donate, or send a cheque made payable to ‘The Leeds Fund’ to Leeds Community Foundation, 51a St Paul’s Street, Leeds, LS1 2TE. If you or your company are interested in being considered for Anchor Partner of the Leeds fund, or in getting more involved in other ways, please contact LCF on 0113 242 2426. #GiveLoveLeeds Grants will re-open for applications later this year.
Full list of funded projects
30 local community projects and charities received funding:
|105 Women||Hunslet Initiative||The Middle Tones community choir|
|Beeston Festival||Learning Partnerships||Urban Angels|
|Be Present Workshops||Leeds Chinese Community Association Ltd Elderly Lunch Club||Yorkshire Association for Music and Special Educational Needs|
|Come And Meet Each Other (CAMEO)||Leeds City of Sanctuary||Connecting Crossgates|
|Cross Green Community Group||Leeds Muslim Youth Forum||Headingley Enterprise & Arts Centre Ltd|
|DAMASQ||Leeds Space Network (LSN)||InterACT Church and Community Partnership|
|English4AllinLeeds||Lighthouse Futures Trust||Leeds West Indian Centre Charitable Trust|
|Flourishing Families Leeds||Lingfields Living Local||Leeds Muslim Youth Group|
|Friends of Nes’t’field||Otley Welcomes||Tea and Tolerance|
|Gan Yisroel Parents Association||Shadwell Independent Library Limited – Cafe||Harehills English Language Project (H.E.L.P.)|