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.


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:

St Chad’s Small Grants Fund

12noon Tuesday 27th June 2017

Grants up to £1,500 to support projects in the St Chad’s Parish area. Applications should focus on either isolation, inter-generational work, volunteering or the local environment.

The Leeds Fund: Micro Grants

Applications can be submitted at any time but will not be reviewed until the end of Summer 2017.

Grants up to £500 to support grassroots community activity in Leeds. You can apply as a small group or an individual.

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.

People’s Health Trust Active Communities

Closing date 1pm Wednesday 12th July 2017

LCF and VAL are supporting People’s Health Trust to find local groups and organisations with great ideas to make their communities even better.

 #GiveLoveLeeds Grants

Closing date 12noon Wednesday 26th July 2017

Grants of between £500 and £2,500 that will support locally-based community activity across the city. This round will focus on cohesive communities.

Ideas that Change Lives

Closing date 12noon Wednesday 18th October 2017

Kick Start Investment of up to £4,000 and Development investment up to £15,000 to support  social enterprise activity to support residents of Leeds, aged 16+, with care and support needs such as older people, people with a learning disability,  physical disability or sensory impairment, people with mental health needs, people with alcohol or substance use issues,  people with long term health conditions, carers and/or young people in transition between services.

#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…