Before you apply


St Vincents

LCF primarily supports small community groups and charities in the Leeds Metropolitan District. We offer funds on behalf of different donors, and you may apply to each and every programme for which your group is eligible. The funding criteria is specific to each grants programme, so please do read guidance notes carefully to ensure you are eligible to apply to each grant programme.


Please download a copy of our LCF Grantmaking Handbook for everything you need to know. If you have any other questions please call us at our office at 0113 242-2426 or email

Please consider the following prior to applying for a grant:

  • You must be a not-for-profit, voluntary or community group or social enterprise (you don’t need to be a registered charity but your activities must be considered charitable).
  • You must have a governing document (constitution/set of rules/other) that show how your group is run or managed (other than for programmes that offer grants to individuals. Check grants programme criteria for details).
  • You must have a management committee/governance body, of  at least three people, who are independent and unrelated members.
  • You must have a bank or building society account in the name of the group, with a minimum of two cheque signatories (or are willing to open a separate account if your application is successful).

After you have applied

Your application will be assessed initially by a member of our grants team who may contact you for more information or to arrange a visit. Many of the funds we manage have an advisory panel, made up of Trustees and people from the local community with relevant skills, knowledge and experience, who will then make the final decision.

If you are applying to a Fund with a rolling grants programme you can expect to hear within six weeks of us receiving your application. If you are applying to a fund with a closing date, you will hear 4-6 weeks after the deadline.

If you are successful

If you are successful in receiving a grant, you will need to provide a information demonstrating your achievements as a result of the grant and the outcomes for your beneficiaries – the information on what we require will be contained in the letter you receive regarding your grant. You may also need to provide original invoices and receipts relating to your grant expenditure. Click here for details of our monitoring requirements.

Publicity for your grant

We encourage all the groups that we support to publicise their grant and the  project it has funded. We also request that you use our logos to demonstrate our support.  Please click here for more information.