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 Grantmaking 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. lcf

The following grant programmes are currently open for applications:

Time to Shine Small Funds

Closing date 12noon Wednesday 10 January 2018

OPEN ROUND: We are seeking projects to help third sector groups develop ways of reducing loneliness and isolation and strengthen communities benefiting older people.

Healthy Holidays

Closing date 12noon Wednesday 31 January 2018

This fund will support projects that address hunger during school holidays in Leeds through promoting activities with a food component.

Leeds Fund: #GiveLoveLeeds

Closing date 12noon Wednesday 31 January 2018

Grants up to £2,500 for local community projects in Leeds. The theme for this round is Happy Young Minds, focusing on work to improve or prevent mental health issues in 16-25 year olds.

Solutions for an Ageing Society

Expressions of Interest can be submitted at any time

Grants up to £5,000 for social entrepreneurs with sustainable ideas to help older people to live positive, independent lives in local communities.

Leeds Fund: Micro Grants

This fund does not have a set deadline but reviews applications every couple of weeks.

Small grants of under £500 will support individuals who are social entrepreneurs/community activists or groups with a turnover of under £2,500 looking to develop and/or implement ideas that benefit Leeds residents.

Lunch Club Grants

This fund will open for applications in mid-December with a deadline of mid-February

Grants will be paid in April. More information will be available here when the scheme is open.

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…