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:

Ideas that Change Lives

Closing date 12noon Wednesday 18 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.

Comic Relief Core Strength – Local Communities

Closing date 12noon Thursday 19 October 2017

The aim of this is to provide funding for groups’ core costs – meaning expenditure that is not connected to delivering projects but focusing on investing in the organisation as a whole, such as basic running costs.  The grants will be used to support groups that can evidence a sustained beneficial impact on people’s lives who are excluded or disadvantaged. This may be through low income, rural or social isolation, age, disabilities, race, sexuality or gender. Priority will be given to small, locally based groups or organisations in areas of disadvantage. Projects based in Leeds, Bradford or Wakefield can apply.

NGN Community Promises Fund

Closing date 12noon Thursday 19 October 2017

Grants covering a large portion of Northern England. The fund seeks to support projects working with vulnerable people on issues of fuel poverty, energy efficiency, carbon monoxide safety, STEM subjects or the Priority Services Register.

The High Sheriff of West Yorkshire Fund

Closing date 12noon Thursday 9 November 2017

Grants of up to £2,500 for organisations working across West Yorkshire to encourage young people aged 5-25 years to work together to prevent and combat crime to create safer communities. Applications are requested from existing projects or community groups looking for continuation funding, or projects wanting to expand and develop their current activities.

Mars in the Community

Closing date 12noon Thursday 9 November 2017

This fund supports projects working on either Healthy Active Lifestyles, the Environment or Pet Welfare. Grants of up to £2,000 are available for projects within 15 miles of Birstall.

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.

The Leeds Fund: Micro Grants is temporarily closed. It will re-open in November 2017.

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.

Henry Smith Charity’s Main Grants Programme will be taking a short break from accepting applications at the end of August 2017 whilst they make some changes.
They will be back in October with a new website, and with new guidelines and application materials.
If you are already working on an application, please note that applications using their current form must reach Henry Smith Charity’s before 31 August at 5pm.
Applications that are postmarked after 30 August will be returned

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…