Open Grants Programmes

The following programmes are open for applications, with deadlines as detailed below. Please ensure you read the Guidelines for the programme to which you are applying as they contain important information about the application process and specific criteria for each scheme. Also, prior to applying make sure you read the guidelines on the ‘before you apply‘ page of our website and download and read a copy of our LCF Grant-making Handbook for everything you need to know in regards to our grant making.

We are moving towards digital applications for most of our grants programmes, where that is possible. If you find this method of applying difficult, please email or contact the grants team on 0113 242 2426 for support.


Note to Applicants – Change to LCF procedure

Until recently, all of our Grants Programmes have required applicants to fill in an online Part A application form and submit a hard copy Part B terms and conditions. This process has now changed so that only the online application form is required at the application stage and Part B is replaced by a funding agreement that you need to sign only if you are successfully awarded funding. Please follow the instructions given during the application process for each fund. If you are unsure, please get in touch on or 0113 242 2426.

The following grant programmes are currently open for applications:

Ann Maguire Arts Education Fund

Closing date 12noon Wednesday 22nd March 2017

Grants for Leeds-based community groups and bursaries for individuals aged 11-18, to develop their talents within the arts.

Pears Youth Fund

Closing date 12noon Monday 10th April 2017

A new £100,000 Fund for organisations that actively involve young people in the design and delivery of projects that focus on voice, engagement and influence.

Mars in the Community

Closing date 12noon Thursday 13th April 2017

Small grants for projects focusing on either Healthy Active Lifestyles, Environment or Pet Welfare.

Solutions for an Ageing Society

Closing date 12noon Thursday 13th April 2017

A new fund offering awards for individuals with ideas to help older people live full, independent lives in their community. The fund seeks innovative projects that will reduce reliance on services and become financially sustainable.

The Leeds Fund: Micro Grants

Applications reviewed every two weeks

Grants up to £500 to support grassroots community activity in Leeds. You can apply as a small group or an individual. Part of The Leeds Fund which provides a range of different grants for local projects.

#iwill fund

Big Lottery Fund and Department of Culture, Media & Sport are each investing £20 million seed funding over four years to create the #iwill fund. Leeds Community Foundation are acting as match funders and are awarding grants on behalf of the #iwill fund. The programme will open for applications in summer 2017. More information will be issued in due course.

Henry Smith


We are able to offer advice on applications to the Henry Smith Charity Fund but we do not accept applications directly for this Fund.

Other Grants Programmes

We manage a number of our grant programmes which have yet to open or are currently closed for applications but are likely to re-open in the future. Find out more…